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Fine Arts

Introduction to Photography 

Class Description: 

In this class we will explore various elements of photography including composition, locations, posing, backgrounds and lighting.    This will be a fast paced, hands on and fun class with weekly student image critique,  demonstration, and practice.   Weekly assignments will give students the opportunity to apply what we learn in class and will leave room for their own creative approach and expression.  Students will have the chance to showcase some of their work at the end of each semester.  

*The class will not cover the technical aspects of your camera.  You must know how to operate your camera and adjust your ISO, aperture (f-stop), and shutter speeds.  

Tutor: Brenda Howe

Class Length: Full Year Course

Grade Level: Grades 7-12

Class Size: 5 student minimum, 15 student maximum

Tuition: $175 per semester

Homework:  Assignments will take 1-2 hours per week.

Supplies/Equipment Requirements/: Students must have a digital camera to use for the semester.  DSLR is preferred but a point and shoot with adjustable shutter speed, aperture and ISO will also work.  Must have the manual for your camera, the ability to submit digital assignments to tutor electronically and the ability to print off assignments.  Please bring a notebook and pen/pencil for taking notes, along with a folder for handouts.

Prerequisite:  Must know how to operate your camera including adjusting the ISO, aperture (f-stop) and shutter speed.

Required:  Internet access


 

Contemporary Worship Band

Class Description:  

This class is a chance for students to really dive into the art of playing worship music.  Students will learn not only how to play their individual parts, but will learn to listen, create, and produce as a team.  Throughout the course of the semester, students will learn to understand their roles on chosen instruments, but more importantly will become a collective of musicians desiring to work together for a greater cause.

This class will be performing contemporary music. Songs will be picked by students and the instructor.  If you are looking for something exciting, hands-on, and creative this is the class for you!

Due to need for different instruments we will be accepting the following: 2 Electric Guitars, 1 Acoustic, 4 vocalists, 2 Drummers, 1 Bassist, 1 Keyboard/Pianist; also accepting Cello or Violin.

Tutor: Nick Tucker

Class Length:  Full Year Course

Grade Level:  Grades 8-12

Tuition:  $175.00 per semester

Class Size:  Min 4 students (Drums, Bass, Electric Guitar, and Vocalist) / Max 13

Text:  None

Supplies:  Students will be expected to bring their instruments and amplifiers / Keyboard and Drum Set will be provided /Drummers will need to bring sticks

Prerequisite:     

  • Electric/Bass Guitar, Keyboard:  1 year of playing experience and ability to read/play chords and lead lines
  • Drum Set:  1 year of playing experience.  Ability to listen and learn drum parts, as well as experience playing to a metronome preferred
  • Vocalists: 1 year of singing experience and ability to harmonize and sing a melody

Homework:  Students will be expected to learn their music at home


 

WEST Secondary Choir

Class Description:

Do you love to sing? Do you love listening to music? Do you have a desire to perform?

Join your friends in this Choir experience for an exciting 90 minutes each week of singing together and exploring the passion of music!

Enroll in this class and build confidence in your singing voice and music skills while preparing choir selections for a student concert!

This secondary choir experience will take into consideration the student enrollment, and music will be chosen to complement the size and the talents represented in the class.

Vocal techniques taught will include how to properly warm up the voice, correct posture, correct breathing skills, proper diction, tone production, musical expression, harmony skills with 2-4 part music, how to read vocal choir music and basic music theory.

Repertoire~

Music will be selected from a wide variety of styles including Classical, Jazz, Folk, Contemporary Christian, Pop, and Musical Theatre Show Tunes.

Each student will receive vocal coaching.

Solo and Ensemble work will be included by audition.

Music History and listening may be included in this class period.

A student choir concert at the WEST Showcase will be included at the end of each semester.

Participation of each choir student will be required in the concert.

Prerequisite: None

Vocal Coach/Director: Mrs. Linda Lindeen

Class Length: Year-long classes; with the encouragement to stay in CHOIR and build skills year after year at WEST

Grade Level: Grades 6-12

Tuition: $180 per semester, plus $10 music supply fee which is paid along with the tuition when registering.

Class Size: 30 student minimum, 60 student maximum

Homework: Student will be expected to work on music at home.


 

Drama

Class Description:

An exploration of the various facets of theatre, we will be continually discussing the material and exploring it through acting exercises and other active in-classroom activities.  Much of the class will be hands-on discovery and discussion.  We will have a structured curriculum, but there will be space to learn and explore types of theatre that interest the students in the class. Exploration of history of theatre, moral issue discussions within  theatre.  First semester is focused more on acting technique, while second semester will focus more one what the aspects of the theatre that the class members are interested in.  This class is tailored to the students in the class, as each has different things to offer and has different things they want to learn.

Tutor:  Elizabeth (Yoder) Smith

Class Length:   Fall and Spring Semester- Full year.

Grade Level: Grades 6-12

Class Size: 5 student minimum, 40 student maximum  

Tuition: $170 per semester plus a $15 supply fee.  Total cost of $185 per semester.

Textbook Requirements:  None

Supplies: None


 

Middle School Multi Media Art

Class Description:

Students will be introduced to a variety of mediums and learn about three master artists each semester. Mediums include drawing, colored pencils, sumi art, painting with tempera & acrylic paint, printmaking, watercolor, magazine and relief art, clay and more!  This middle school class is an excellent primer to WEST’s high school 3D Art and Drawing Basics courses.

Projects vary from year to year so that students may register for this course more than one year.

Prerequisite: None

Tutor:  Terri Kryzer   (pronounced Kree-zer)

Class Length:  Full Year

Grade Level: Grades 5-7

Class Size: 5 student minimum, 15 student maximum

Tuition:  $165/semester plus a $20 supply fee.
The supply fee will be collected from the tutor on the first day of class. Cash or checks written out to Terri Kryzer.

Textbook Requirements:  None

Supplies:  2- #2 pencils with an eraser


 

High School 3D Art

Class Description:

3-D Art is an exciting, hands-on, creative class that focuses on color, form and texture through a variety of projects.

This course includes a mosaic piece, a clay piece-glazed and fired, cardboard sculpture, Sculpey clay, soft-block printmaking,  carving/relief art, paper projects, pop can art, magazine art, optical illusion drawing, needle felted project, weaving, and more. Students will discover a few of the great artists who mastered sculptures, a multi-media project on canvas where creativity is used to design and make a painted acrylic piece of art. 

This class invites and encourages students to explore,  fashion and learn not only about art but about their ability to create!

Prerequisite: None

Tutor:  Terri Kryzer (pronounced Kree-zer)

Class Length:  Full Year

Grade Level: Grades 8-12 

Class Size: 5 student minimum, 12 student maximum

Tuition:  $175/semester plus a $25 supply fee.
The supply fee will be collected from the tutor on the first day of class. Cash or checks written out to Terri Kryzer.

Textbook Requirements:  None

Supplies: 2- #2 pencils with an eraser


 

Beginning Oil Pastels (spring semester 2018)

Class Description:

Oil pastel is a fantastic medium for transitioning young artists from black and white to color. Lessons will cover fine arts concepts such as color, blending, light and shadow, perspective and dimension, and layering and composition. Class is fun and upbeat, and students apply everything they learn immediately into their work. The bottom line goal is to help students become familiar with techniques of pastel use and color to the point where they can use pastel to express their own ideas in painting. They will be amazed at what they’re capable of even when drawing isn’t really their strong suit. Each student is required to finish and submit at least one final painting demonstrating the techniques taught in class. All submitted work will be cropped and mounted onto matte board by instructor and made ready for presentation, if time and class size allows.

Students wishing to earn a full high school art credit will need to complete 60 class hours that include instruction, practice time, a sketch diary of all lessons and painting assignments, and 2 special projects to be mounted for presentation. Other students will need to attend all scheduled classes and complete assignments and projects given by instructor.

Prerequisite: None

Tutor: Sandy Adler

Class Length: Spring Semester Only

Class Size: 8 student minimum, 18 student maximum

Grade Level:  7-12

ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES STUDENT MUST BRING TO EVERY CLASS:

* A spiral bound (important) sketch book minimum size 9 X 12. * A set of drawing pencils, ruler, eraser and sharpener. * Basic set of colored pencils.

Tuition: $185.00 per semester plus an approximate $35.00 fee that includes pastel sets and blending tools (specific brand required), mounting materials and all copies/handouts. All other supplies are listed below and MUST BE BROUGHT FOR FIRST DAY OF CLASS. Any supplies used in Drawing Basics can be used for Pastels. The supply fee will be collected from the tutor on the first day of class. Cash or checks written out to Sandy Adler. Each supply fee will depend on individual student supplies. Please connect with tutor after registration.


         Brass Still Life                                   Fall Mountain Landscape

           Painting Reflective Metals                                         Study in Fall Colors

    Clownfish with Anemone & Coral                      Sandcastles at Sunset

       Learning to paint an underwater scene               Learning to paint sunset skies, ocean water, and silhouettes

   Dolphin Leaping at the Moon

                  Ocean scene at night.


 

Drawing Basics (fall semester 2017)

Class Description:

To provide a solid foundation in drawing basics. Drawing is a very important building block that is foundational to all other mediums of art.  Students will learn and apply a wide variety of art techniques, terminology, and uses of various drawing tools as they are introduced to elements of line, tone, shading, blending, graphing, and many other important concepts that will radically improve drawing skills. Lessons will cover fine arts concepts such as light and shadow, perspective and dimension, and layering and composition. Class is fun and upbeat, and students apply everything they learn immediately into their work.

Tutor: Sandy Adler

Class Type: Fall Semester only, classes held every week.

Grade Level:  7-12

Requirements: Students 9th grade and up wishing to earn a full transferable high school art credit will need to complete 60 class hours that include instruction, reading & video assignments, practice time, a sketch diary of all lessons and drawing assignments, and 2 special projects to be mounted for presentation. Instructor will provide necessary forms. Other students will need to attend all scheduled classes and complete drawing assignments and projects given by instructor.

Class Fee:  $172 for fall semester plus $5.00 supply fee- payable to instructor on first day of class. Spring semester $185 plus $5.00 fee for copies and mounting materials, plus supplies costs if ordered through instructor. (I am able to purchase supplies online for a radically reduced price at bulk rates, and it is also beneficial for students to be working with the same quality of materials). Supplies are listed below and MUST BE BROUGHT FOR FIRST DAY OF CLASS, or paid for by that day if ordered through me.

The supply fee will be collected from the tutor on the first day of class. Cash or checks written out to Sandy Adler. Each supply fee will depend on individual student supplies. Please connect with tutor after registration.

SUPPLIES STUDENT MUST BRING TO EVERY CLASS: 

  1. A spiral bound (important) sketch book minimum 11 X 14.  Paper can be sketching/drawing quality, the more pages the better for optimal creativity (approx. $8.50) 
  2. A set of drawing pencils including at least one H-lead, and a range of B-leads at least including B-2, B-4, and B-6. (approx. $6.50)
  3. At least one charcoal pencil. ($2.00)
  4. Kneadable eraser ($1.50)
  5. Ruler and sharpener (bring from home).
  6. Blending tortillions (NOT the harder blending stumps, $.50 each, need at least 2)

SAMPLE LESSONS

          Capturing an object                                  Free-hand drawing using basic shapes

                                                                Graphing with pencil and charcoal             Introductions to the features and proportions of the human face

   Negative & positive space to create contrast              Simplifying a complex object using grid lines

        Storyboard Design in pencil & charcoal


 

Mixed Media B (full year course)

Class Description:

In addition to taking Oil Pastel to the next level, students will also be introduced to, OR continue further with, three new mediums: pen and ink, watercolor pencil, and compressed charcoal. Lessons will rotate through these mediums, beginning with and/or reviewing the seven basic strokes of pen and ink, and incorporating watercolor pencil into the pen and ink projects. In Oil Pastel, rather than learning one lesson at a time, Mixed Media students will do a series of paintings from start to finish, with a goal of completing at least 4 paintings by the end of the year. (No paintings are repeated from the previous year). We will incorporate all lessons learned in previous classes, including drawing basics for a good initial sketch, composition, backgrounds, blending, light and shadow, and perspective. Examples include complex still life using several objects and a full background, tropical underwater scenes, fall landscapes, learning to paint reflective metals, etc. Paintings will be carefully planned and executed by the student. Lessons will cover a wide variety of techniques in all four mediums, from extremely detailed to more abstract.  (Sample lessons shown below represent all mediums).*

 PLEASE NOTE: This year I am also adding an introduction to Art History by highlighting famous artists whose works demonstrate the concepts we are currently learning, and exploring the history of each medium and style.  

Tutor Name: Sandy Adler

Class Type: Two Semester Course, classes held every week.

Class Size: Minimum 8 students, maximum 18

Grade Level:  7-12

Prerequisite: Must have taken at least Basic Drawing AND Beginning Oil Pastels, either through WEST or another academy, OR speak with instructor about other painting classes taken to obtain special permission. THIS CLASS IS DESIGNED WITH ALL NEW PROJECTS TO ACCOMMODATE ALL RETURNING WEST ART STUDENTS, INCLUDING LAST YEAR’S MIXED MEDIA A CLASS.

Requirements: Students will need to attend all classes if possible, complete all assigned projects, and prepare at least two pieces for final mounting and display at each WEST Showcase.  May require some work outside of class time.  Students will be tested at the end of each semester on Art History facts presented, and on the various techniques, tools, and terminology learned throughout the semeester.

Class Fee:  $172 for fall semester plus $5.00 supply fee- payable to instructor on first day of class. Spring semester $185.00 per semester plus supplies.

Supplies: Everything listed below can be purchased through instructor in a bulk order to save costs, and any supplies from previous semesters or from home can be used as long as they match the quality & description as closely as possible.  Required fee of $10.00 for copies & mounting materials.

  1. Set of Caron d’Ache Oil Pastels (professional quality used in Beginning Pastels) - $30.00 starter set or $2.50 each (will add 3-4 new colors for Mixed Media B)
  2. Blick Spiral Bound sketch pad 14 X 17, 80 lb. paper - $8.00
  3. Blick Sprial Bound sketch pad 11 X 14, 80 lb. paper - $8.50
  4. OPTIONAL:  Large 18 X 24 Charcoal Pad of linen paper (not at all required, just a fun option!) - $13.00
  5. At least one charcoal pencil - $2.00 each
  6. Kneaded Eraser - $1.50 each
  7. Blending tortillions (NOT the harder blending stumps…) - $.50 each
  8. Set of 24 watercolor pencils - $8.50 (I recommend buying this set through me, it’s an amazing price and the pencils are a good quality.)
  9. Sharpie marker ultra fine - $1.00
  10. Ruler, at least two paint brushes fine and medium, regular eraser, and sharpener (bring from home)
  11. Fee to cover use of compressed charcoal, copies/handouts, and mounting supplies - $10.00

Sample Lessons