Fine Arts

Communication, collaboration, and creative thinking — these are the skills students cultivate through our Fine Arts curriculum.

Pencil in hand, a Visual Art student sketches, shapes, and sharpens ideas into fruition. On stage, an actor in a Theatre class pays careful attention to the ways gesture, posture, expression, and voice speak to his audience. Each member of our Orchestra spends class keying into the musicians around him, and together they seek a unity in their sound.

Our freshman year arts requirement ensures that every student at Prep gets to have experiences such as these. Having had exposure to this sort of work, many of our students elect to continue their studies in the arts throughout their time here. Working in these disciplines affords our students the valuable opportunity to take a leap and learn from the failures and successes of process.

At Fairfield Prep, we foster a lifelong love of learning through a lifelong love of the arts.

- Megan Hoover

Fine Arts Chair

Theatre Teacher & Director, Prep Players

One year of Visual or Performing Arts (Drama, Band, Choir), required of all freshmen.

Fine Arts Courses

Visual Arts

Visual Arts is an introductory art course that provides for the study of the history and appreciation of art combined with studio exercises. This one credit course presents a core of visual and aesthetic activities essential to understanding the visual arts discipline. Students in this course will study the elements and principles of art and design, composition and various drawing and painting techniques.

Assessments will include written critiques, reports, presentations, tests and quizzes as well as art projects. A midterm and final exam are given in class. Participation in Fairfield Prep's art exhibitions is required. 

This is a freshmen elective.

Studio Art

Studio Art will provide students with the opportunity to continue developing their skills in the methods and techniques of drawing and painting in a studio environment, and to develop their original and creative expression in visual, plastic and graphic arts. The class structure will be student oriented including a process of “contract” assignments. The first semester will be devoted to the preparation of a portfolio; an emphasis will be given to particular drawing and painting skill, paralleling the investigation of the “Masters.”

Students will experiment with a variety of painting styles and techniques in their own work. In the second semester, students will explore the basics of graphic design and the computer software that is currently used in the field to produce ads, posters, business, brochures, cards and letterhead. Assessments will include formal critiques, PowerPoint presentations, quarterly reports and quizzes. Grades are based on timely completion of all assignments and are judged on an individual bases with consideration given to the variety of style and artistic ability.

Prerequisite: Freshmen Visual Arts class/consent of the instructor.

Introduction to Speech and Theatre

This course is invaluable to all students as public speaking will be an integral part of their academic and professional future.  The skills taught in this course will give students an edge in class presentations, groups work, and writing skills. The goal is to use theatre and public speaking to help students work on skills that they will use in all classes in the future.

In the first semester, students will study various types of speeches, working on their writing and presence in front of an audience. This will include creative writing opportunities, as well as practice in physical and vocal presentation techniques. In the second semester, students will reinforce these skills through a study of theatrical performance.

Students will examine the various elements of the theatre—design, directing and acting—experimenting with each and exploring how they work together.  Through participation in workshops, students put their knowledge into action, designing sets, creating costumes, working with improvisation, and writing short plays. With this background, students will analyze dramatic texts, and create a final scene study project.

Symphonic Band

Symphonic Band is an advanced level performance group that includes all brass, woodwind, and chamber percussion instruments (piano included). Students are encouraged to participate in Western Regional and All-State competitions, and are expected to perform at the two annual concerts during the school year. They are also encouraged (but not required) to take private lessons. This ensemble performs medium to advanced-level music.

Acceptance into this ensemble is by audition only.

Symphonic Orchestra

Symphonic Orchestra is an advanced level performance group that includes all classical string instruments (violin, viola, cello, upright bass). Students are encouraged to participate in Western Regional and All-State competitions, and are expected to perform at the two annual concerts during the school year. They are also required to take private lessons. This ensemble performs medium to advanced level music. 

Acceptance into this ensemble is by audition only.

 

Wind Ensemble

Wind Ensemble is a beginner intermediate level performance group that includes all brass, woodwind, and chamber percussion instruments (piano not included). In this ensemble, students solidify their understanding of the basic performing rudiments and playing techniques. Students are encouraged to participate in Western Regional and All-State competitions, and are expected to perform at the two annual concerts during the school year. They are also encouraged (but not required) to take private lessons. This ensemble performs easy- to medium-level difficulty music.
 

Acceptance into this ensemble is by audition only.

Select Choir

This is an advanced level performance chorus. Students are encouraged to participate in Western Regional and All-State competitions, and are expected to perform at the two annual concerts during the school year. They are also encouraged (but not required) to take private lessons. This ensemble performs easy-to advanced level difficulty music.

Acceptance into this ensemble is by audition only.  

General Music

This freshman level course offers a non-performance-based approach to learning about music. Students enrolled in this course will explore music theory, music appreciation, and music history. They will participate in nonperformance aspects of the concerts, and are responsible for both mid-year and final exams.

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Fine Arts Faculty

Mr. Robert Fosse-Previs

Mr. Robert Fosse-Previs

Titles: Teacher
Departments: Arts
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Mrs. Megan Hoover

Mrs. Megan Hoover

Titles: Department Chair, Teacher
Departments: Arts, English
Email:
Mr. Daniel Horstmann

Mr. Daniel Horstmann

Titles: Teacher
Departments: Arts
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