Arts

The Valor Christian High School Arts Department is committed to reclaiming the arts for Christ, equipping our students with the knowledge and inspiration required to express the Christian heart in a relevant, artistic and authentic manner. Our faculty is actively doing, as well as teaching, their respective disciplines, and is able, therefore, to combine theory with professional viability, knowledge with inspiration.

Arts Department Courses

CER 105: Ceramics I

This course offers the student an opportunity to explore three-dimensional form, and to gain skills in the medium of clay. Techniques the student will learn include use of the potter’s wheel (throwing), and hand building techniques such as slab, coil work and modeling in clay. Additionally, students will gain an understanding of glazing and firing techniques. Students will participate in regular critiques of the work of peers and self in order to better understand art.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: SemesterCredit: 0.5

Prerequisites: None

Notes: Fee required.

CER 110/310/410: Ceramics II, III, IV

This course offers the student an opportunity to build on the skills learned in Ceramics I. Techniques the student will continue to improve include use of the potter’s wheel (throwing), and hand building techniques such as slab, coil work and modeling in clay, in addition to glazing and firing techniques. Students will participate in regular critiques of the work of peers and self in order to better understand art.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Ceramics I

Notes: Fee required.

DAN 110: Principles of Dance

This course offers students a comprehensive and practical understanding of dance technique and the development of their physical strength, flexibility, endurance and coordination. Students will discover their dance skills and develop their creative abilities through choreography and performance. Students will learn the disciplines of hip-hop, ballet and jazz. Students will have the opportunity to create themes, stories and choreograph with a partner, a small group and as a class. This course will assist the students in bringing their concepts to life. Principles of Dance has partnered with Freshmen Onboarding to assist students in creating their “My Identity” project. This course enables students to discover their gifting’s and potential in the art of dance.

Grade: Freshman

Term: SemesterCredit: 0.5

Prerequisites: None

Notes: $50 Fee Required.

DAN 210: Dance II

This course offers students a comprehensive and practical understanding of dance technique and the development of their physical strength, flexibility, endurance and coordination. Students will expand their dance skills and develop their creative abilities through improvisation, choreography and performance. Students will learn the disciplines of hip-hop, ballet, jazz, musical theatre and social dance. Students will have the opportunity to create themes, stories and choreograph with a partner, a small group and as a class. This course will assist the students in bringing their concepts to life. This course enables students to discover their gifting’s and potential in the art of dance.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Principles of Dance and teacher recommendation

Notes: Open to freshmen by teacher permission. Fee Required.

DAN 310: Dance III

This course offers students an advanced level dance technique and training of their physical strength, flexibility, endurance and coordination. Students will use and expand upon their dance proficiencies and develop their creative abilities through improvisation, choreography and performance. Students have the opportunity to create themes, stories and choreograph with a partner, a small group and as a class. We will challenge the students’ previous technical skills in the disciplines of hip-hop, ballet, jazz and lyrical. This course will assist the dancers in bringing their concepts to life. This course will provide students with opportunities to perform and compete in the art of dance. The primarily focus of this class will be for students to use their gifting’s and potential in the art of dance to glorify God.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Dance II and teacher recommendation

Notes: Open to freshmen by teacher permission. Fee required.

DAN 330: Conservatory Dance

Course details coming soon.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Conservatory

DAN 410: Dance IV: Veritas

Veritas is more than just the highest level of dance at Valor; it is the culture in which we strive for in the whole dance program. Veritas is very specifically designed to encourage and develop the love of the Lord through dance and to grow in faith, talent and technique. All dancers in the program are personally challenged in their faith, biblical worldview, dance technique, choreography skills and life transformation. It is the goal of Veritas to create a culture in which all dancers are encouraged to become self disciplined in their art and community. Veritas is also designed to increase the awareness of the students to what kingdom living really is, and how to be a Christ centered citizen of the kingdom of God. Veritas is also a place of humble servant leadership and global service. Veritas means “truth”, and the students of the class will pursue the holy truth of God.

Grade: Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Teacher Approval

Notes: Fee Required

DRA 110: Drawing and Painting I

This class will focus on enhancing each student’s drawing skills and discovering the relationship between drawing and painting. There will be critiques of student work, as well as discussion of various artists and styles on a regular basis. Students will begin to understand how to paint on a variety of surfaces, explore new techniques and materials, and the class will focus heavily on strong conceptual planning. Materials will include, but are not limited to acrylic, oil, pencil, pastel watercolor, and encaustic. Student paintings will range from naturalistic to complete abstraction.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: SemesterCredit: 0.5

Prerequisites: None

Notes: Fee required.

DRA 210/310: Drawing and Painting II, III

We are God’s work of art. (Eph. 2:10 reads, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”) And in the eloquent words of Van Gogh, “Christ is more of an artist than the artists.” This class will emphasize the creative progress and problem solving. Building off their prior Drawing and Painting experiences, students will be challenged to develop a small body of work for critique, portfolio purposes, display at our bistro event, the winter art show, and the senior show. Creativity will be encouraged while stressing personal style. Students will participate in regular critiques of the work of famous artists, peers and self in order to better understand visual art. Materials will include, but are not limited to acrylic, oil, pencil, pastel watercolor, and encaustic. Student paintings will range from naturalistic to complete abstraction.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Drawing and Painting I or Teacher Approval

Notes: Fee required.

GRA 110: Graphic Design I

Through the process of developing a personal logo and identity, students in Graphic Design I are introduced to the industry-standard software program Adobe Illustrator® and to the ideas of visual language and creative problem solving in design. As students progress through the logo design process, they learn the software skills, visual language tools (use of line, shape, balance, etc), and creative problem solving necessary to succeed in graphic design.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: SemesterCredit: 0.5

Prerequisites: None

Notes: Fee required.

GRA 210: Graphic Design II

Graphic Design II offers a more in-depth exploration of industry software and visual problem solving methods. Building on the foundation started in Graphic Design I, students revisit and develop familiarity with Adobe® Illustrator™ and add other Adobe Suite programs including Photoshop™ and InDesign.™ The goals of Graphic Design II are to move from basic understanding of visual language elements and software to a fundamental command, and to start to understand more complex design systems including typography, grids and designing for 3-dimensional executions.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Graphic Design I

Notes: Fee required.

GRA 310: Graphic Design III

Students in Graphic Design III are striving for software mastery and fluency in visual language problem solving. Students will work on several real world projects for clients, gaining a more thorough understanding of how designers work in the real world. Projects in Graphic Design III are designed to help students develop a more sophisticated understanding of design elements and principles, and graphic design in general.

Grade: Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Graphic Design II

Notes: Fee required.

JOU 110: Yearbook

Over the course of this year, students will create a dynamic, visually appealing yearbook for Valor Christian High School. Students will meet EVERY deadline. Students will work TOGETHER, and they will COMMIT to spending extra time working on the yearbook outside of the regular school day. Students will serve the student body by appropriately, and relevantly capturing the life and times of the school community. Students will learn basic layout/design, Adobe InDesign/Illustrator/Photoshop skills, journalism, and some photography basics.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: None

MUS 110: Valor Orchestra and Band

This yearlong course is open to any student who plays an orchestral or band instrument. No audition is required. It is designed to take each instrumentalist from where they are as a musician and player and nurture them along to greater skill and musical understanding. Through playing a variety of orchestral and band music from various musical genres, students will gain an appreciation for music and for the process of practicing and performing music at a high level.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Prior Playing Experience

MUS 130: Valor Voice

This is the premier vocal group at Valor. To be selected for this class requires a successful audition with the music faculty prior to the start of the school year.
This group will select, arrange, rehearse and perform music in a variety of styles, but primarily using an a capella format as seen on the television series, “The Sing Off”, where groups perform without instrumental accompaniment, and with some of the singers using their voices to simulate drum and percussion effects.
Valor Voice will sing outside of class frequently throughout the school year. They will perform at each major concert, for athletic events, and also for other public and private events.
Students in this group will learn advanced pedagogy throughout the year, including theory, sight reading, vocal techniques and habits, advanced harmonies and blending, stage presence and show movement.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Successful audition prior to the start of the school year.

MUS 141: Guitar I

This introductory course is for any student with little or no experience with playing an acoustic guitar. It is designed to quickly help them become familiar enough with the basics of playing the guitar that they master how to both read and play chord charts, tablature and written music. With these skills, they quickly discover they have achieved the ability to play a variety of popular and worship music.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: SemesterCredit: 0.5

Prerequisites: None

Notes: Students need to bring their own guitar. Fee required.

MUS 144: Guitar II

This second level course is for students who have completed Guitar I successfully or who have auditioned with sufficient guitar playing skill to warrant skipping Guitar I. Prerequisite skills include familiarity with a variety of open chords, note reading for melody playing, basic strumming and finger picking skills and a working knowledge of how to read tabs.
With this year-long course, basic guitar playing skills are expanded and further developed. Barre chords are mastered. Various playing styles, including Blues, Classical, Worship, Rock, Jazz and Country, are introduced and mastered. Additional playing skills are brought into play, including finger picking, bends, hammer-ons, hammer-offs, slides, lead guitar lines and licks, etc.
Advanced repertoire in each of these playing styles are also practiced and presented during the course of the year in semi-formal recitals presented in class.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Guitar I or Teacher Approval

Notes: Students need to bring their own guitar.

MUS 146: Guitar III

Open to all students who have completed MUS 140 Beginning Guitar and MUS 144 Guitar II and who desire to continue learning how to play the guitar with greater technical excellence and broader ability. Styles of music will include a wide variety of musical styles, including genres from classical to popular selections. Music theory, ear training and music performance will also be included.

Grade: Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: MUS 140 Beginning Guitar, MUS 144 Guitar II

Notes: Fee required.

MUS 150: Worship Band I

The Worship Team course is designed to provide an opportunity for advanced students with Worship Band experience to design and lead worship sets in both the church/chapel and praise concert settings. Students with existing advanced skills in the vocal, guitar, bass guitar, keyboard and drum set areas are encouraged to audition. This course heavily emphasizes ministry and performance for school chapel and outside church.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Prior Playing Experience

MUS 160: Song Writing I

The Song Writing course is designed to provide an opportunity for students with the passion to create music to compose original songs. Students with existing advanced skills in the vocal, guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, and drum set areas are encouraged to consider this class. Depending on class size, multiple teams may be established.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: SemesterCredit: 0.5

Prerequisites: A passion for Songwriting

Notes: Fee required.

MUS 170: Valor Singers

Course details coming soon.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Prerequisites: None

MUS 181: Piano I

Course description coming soon.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Prerequisites: None

MUS 250: Worship Band II

The Advanced Worship Team course is a continuation of the Worship Band Course. It is designed for students with more experience in leading worship and will further assist students in developing the ministry and musical skills that are required to lead worship in both the church/chapel and praise concert settings. Students with existing advanced skills in the vocal, guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, horn section, drum set areas are eligible to enroll (subject to competitive audition in the case of over-enrollment). This course has an emphasis in ministry and performance for school chapel and outside church and public settings. Depending on class size, multiple teams may be established. Written projects in the areas of music theory, music history, performance critiques, and musical composition, etc., may be assigned to reinforce other areas of the curriculum. Skills in the criticism of musical performance will be developed. Rhythmic dictation, sight-reading, sight-singing, and experiences at musical composition and/or arranging may be included.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Worship Band I, Studio Recording I or II, or permission of instructor

MUS 260: Song Writing II

Course description coming soon.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Prerequisites: None

MUS 350: Worship Band III

The Advanced Worship Team course is a continuation of the Worship Band Course. It is designed for students with more experience in leading worship and will further assist students in developing the ministry and musical skills that are required to lead worship in both the church/chapel and praise concert settings. Students with existing advanced skills in the vocal, guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, horn section, drum set areas are eligible to enroll (subject to competitive audition in the case of over-enrollment). This course has an emphasis in ministry and performance for school chapel and outside church and public settings. Depending on class size, multiple teams may be established. Written projects in the areas of music theory, music history, performance critiques, and musical composition, etc., may be assigned to reinforce other areas of the curriculum. Skills in the criticism of musical performance will be developed. Rhythmic dictation, sight-reading, sight-singing, and experiences at musical composition and/or arranging may be included.

Grade: Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Worship Band II

MUS 360: Song Writing III

Course description coming soon

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Prerequisites: None

PHO 105: Photography I

This course offers students a comprehensive and practical understanding of photography technique, while furthering their ability to communicate visually. Students will become proficient in the use of the digital camera and in their understanding of the technical controls needed to successfully capture imagery as envisioned. They will learn to effectively edit, enhance, or manipulate their imagery in Adobe Photoshop for maximum effect. Over the course of the year students produce a 25 page portfolio of their top color and black-and-white imagery. The study of art history, contemporary, and commercial photography, and critique of student work will be included in instruction. An emphasis on effective composition and the ability to represent concepts visually in an engaging manner are key components of the class. A quality digital camera with both manual and automatic controls and a tripod will be required.

Grade: Freshman, Junior, Senior

Term: SemesterCredit: 0.5

Prerequisites: None

Notes: Fee required.

PHO 210: Photography II

This course extends the objectives of the Photography I, and develops advanced skills in composition, thematic elements, ambient lighting controls, studio lighting, special effects, and location photography. Students will create and show works throughout the year, and participate in a three day location photography trip in the fall. A quality digital camera with both manual and automatic controls and a tripod will be required.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Photo I or teacher approval

Notes: Fee required.

STU 120: Studio Recording I

This course is designed to provide students with the basic audio engineering and computer recording background necessary to allow the student to begin using computers as a recording media for music and other audio material. The course is a mixture of classroom lecture and “hands-on” training, culminating in several actual recording projects.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: A passionate interest in music production

TEC 135: Web Design I

This course is designed to equip students with the basics of html, css. Additionally students will learn basic layout/design using photoshop. Web Design 1 is an introduction to the design and development of websites. Students learn how to critique website quality, learn how to efficiently build and maintain web pages, learn about the standards of front end development, and will understand basic design principles as they apply to websites. The course progresses from hard coding web sites to building websites using the WordPress platform. Ultimately, students will design and develop websites for Valor initiatives, and/or local organizations.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: None

Notes: Fee Required.

TEC 170: Animation Studio I

This course will introduce students to stop motion, 2D and 3D computer animation. With a strong emphasis on technology and artistic technique, students will explore fundamental graphics and animation skills.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: SemesterCredit: 0.5

Prerequisites: None

Notes: Fee Required.

TEC 240: Web Design II

Web Design II  will build on what you learned in previous web design courses, further exploring design and development of websites. The class will focus on investigating design principles as they apply to website design, as well as how to communicate and collaborate with clients in order to design websites that function as well as they look. You will learn how to critique website quality, learn how to efficiently build and maintain web pages and learn about the standards of front end development. You will be asked to serve the Valor community by designing and developing websites for initiatives, events  and/or organizations.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Web Design I

Notes: Fee required.

TEC 270: Animation Studio II

This course is an in-depth survey of the tools and techniques of animation, including motion graphics, 3D animation, modeling, character creation design and special effects. Throughout the year the students will grow in their abilities as communicators, by learning to synthesize, understand and communicate information in the moving visual medium.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Animation I or equivalent film class

Notes: Fee Required.

THE 115: Technical Theater Arts

Open to all students, this course is designed for all levels, including those who have enjoyed tech theatre at the production level, as well as those with little or no technical experience.   During the 1st quarter, we will focus on theatre safety and rigging concepts followed by the theory and design of the following: scenic elements, lights and sound.  The 2nd quarter will be mostly hands on, focusing on the basics of the lighting and audio consoles as well as applying lighting and audio principles to the stage.  All students will participate in or attend two theatrical productions per semester.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: None

Notes: Fee required.

THE 125: Introduction to Theatre Arts

Meeting two times per week and open to all students, this course is designed for those with little or no acting experience, as well as those who enjoyed theatre at the middle school level. Participants will actively engage in movement and voice projection exercises, script reading, improvisation, and scene work. The course will also include the oral interpretation of literature, basic stage combat, pantomime, and character development. Finally, students will get a taste of technical theatre including set design, lights, sound, costuming, and props.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: SemesterCredit: 0.5

Prerequisites: None

THE 230: Intermediate Theatre Arts

This course will extend the objectives of Introduction to Theatre Arts. Including a more in-depth repertoire, the curriculum will wind through the history of theatre from ancient Greece to the modern stage as students explore acting techniques from those eras while reading plays and performing scene work, building masks and swinging slapsticks! Additionally, students will enjoy more hands-on theatre by getting an opportunity to learn how to design and build models of sets for the stage.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Introduction to Theatre Arts

THE 330: Advanced Acting

Building on the skills obtained in Introduction to Theatre Arts and Intermediate Theatre Arts, drama takes a different approach in this third and fourth year course by including a more complex stage repertoire as students explore the challenges associated with characterization and movement at a higher level. Second semester consists of large process-project, such as an in-depth study of one period of theatre history, a play, a series of one-acts, children’s theatre, etc., that culminates in a public performance.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Intermediate Theatre Arts

VID 115: Film & Broadcast I

Film and Broadcast I provides students with a basic understanding of the technology and techniques used behind video and filmmaking, as an information medium, and explores ways in which it is created to achieve its desired effect on an audience. Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate proficiency editing in Adobe Premiere Pro, as well as other production skills and techniques. The power of effective story telling through video is examined in detail. Projects include producing commercials, interviews, music videos, and exploring narrative.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: SemesterCredit: 0.5

Prerequisites: None

Notes: Fee Required.

VID 145: Valor Sports Network I

The goal of the Valor Sports Network is twofold: to shine a light on our student-athletes through print, broadcast, and film, and to all students to gain practical experience while exercising the student’s creative mind. The first goal – to recognize others – is a direct reflection on the core principle of developing student leaders within our student body.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: SemesterCredit: 0.5

Prerequisites: None

Notes: $125 fee per semester required.

VID 220: Film Production II

Building on the fundamental production skills introduced in Film and Broadcast I, Film Production II places a greater emphasis on professional production techniques. We will also focus the student’s role on a production team as it relates to a professional narrative film production. Throughout the year, students will have opportunity to hone their screenwriting skills and try their hand at several production roles, as the class works collectively toward multiple short film productions including films for our celebrated Kalos Film Festival.

Grade: N/A

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Film & Broadcast I

Notes: Fee required.

VID 230: Broadcast and Documentary Journalism II

Broadcast and Documentary Journalism is responsible for producing the bi-weekly online arts publication The Project.  The Project is Valor Arts+Media’s online platform that aims to enhance the culture of the Valor Center by highlighting events, student artwork, and the innovative ideas that are generated to reclaim the arts for Christ.  The class is made up of a team of student journalists who excel in photography, cinematography, web design, graphic design, creative writing, music and theatre!  This team is dedicated to bringing student culture to life through a website that showcases student work and the heart behind their creations.  The team is excited about keeping the content fresh and exciting for the Valor students and hopes that The Project is something that heightens school spirit and community among peers who may otherwise never get to know each others passions, world views, or creative talents.

Grade: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: None

Notes: Fee required.

VID 240: Valor Sports Network II

The goal of Valor Sports Network II is twofold: to shine a light on our student-athletes through print, broadcast, and film, and for all students to gain practical experience while exercising the student’s creative mind. In VSN II, students will gain experience in video production and broadcasting with the ultimate goal of choosing an area of influence that will allow them to enter the mastery class VSN III/IV.

 

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Valor Sports Network I

Notes: $250 per year.

VID 320: Film Production III

With a strong emphasis on story, this class will build upon the fundamental production skills taught in Film Production II, and seek to strengthen and apply them. Throughout the year the students will discover a deeper meaning of story telling through the eye of the camera lens. Through the process of film making the students will get a chance to experience a variety of production roles and learn the importance of collaboration in the production environment.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Film Production I/II

Notes: Fee required.

VID 340: Valor Sports Network III

The goal of the Valor Sports Network is twofold: to shine a light on our student-athletes through print, broadcast, and film, and to all students to gain practical experience while exercising the student’s creative mind. In VSN III/IV, students will gain leadership experience while further mastering their craft in video production and broadcasting.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Valor Sports Network II

Notes: $250 fee required.

VID 420: Film Production IV

Film Production IV seeks to equip students with strong leadership and collaborative skills. This class will build upon the advanced production skills taught in Film Production III, and seek to strengthen and apply them. Throughout the year the students will discover a deeper meaning of story telling through the eye of the camera lens. Through the process of film making, the students will get a chance to experience a variety of production roles and learn the importance of collaboration in the production environment and a greater understanding of the opportunities and roles available to them in the field of film & media production.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Film Production III

Notes: Fee required.