Department Chair: Jennifer Wilson

Department Purpose: Empower all students to enhance quality of life through study and development of God-given creativity.


Congratulations to the art students whose artworks were selected for display in the 2016 Nebraska State Scholastic Art Competition. A slide show containing the art can be found below.

View the art show winners here!


Student Max Korensky entered a "Gify Valentine" challenge on the radio show Studio 360 and earned an honorable mention for his design.  This is an accomplishment since it is a national show and most of the entries were by adults - some who have a career in design.  Good job capturing a certain aspect of Valentines Day sentiment Max!


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Art Foundations

Course Credit: 2

Course Description:

This is a basic foundation course for students with limited art experience. It will provide a basic understanding of artistic expression of ideas through drawing, painting, collage, and mask-making. In addition, as the students study art and art history, they will learn to write an art critique.

Honors Art I

Course Credit: 2(W)

Course Description:

This is a foundation course in the basic elements of art, art appreciation, and art’s contributions to our world. It is designed for those who have more skill making art and want to create more complex projects. Projects include drawing, painting, mask-making, and mixed media. Students will view, discuss, and write about a variety of art pieces including works by the masters and their own work. Students will practice methods for developing creative thought processes.

Art II - Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking

Course Credit: 2
Prerequisite: Art Foundations or Honors Art I

Course Description:

Students will review and refine drawing and painting techniques with graphite, charcoal, pastels, ink, watercolor, and acrylic. Students will practice various styles of painting from Art History, including Impressionism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. Subject matter for artworks will range from Plein Air landscapes painted outdoors to still life, portraits, figure studies and abstractions. Students are encouraged to become more personally connected to their work.

Honors Art II - Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking

Course Credit: 2(W)
Prerequisite: Art Foundations or Honors Art I and/or recommendation of instructor

Course Description:

In addition to reviewing and refining drawing and painting techniques with graphite, charcoal, pastels, ink, watercolor and acrylic paint students will create Oil Paint and Cold Wax paintings on gessoed board. Students are encouraged to use synectics and become more personally connected to their work. Weekly drawings will be assigned as homework. Various styles of painting from Art History will be practiced while subject matter for artworks will range from Plein Air landscapes painted outdoors to still life, portraits, figure studies and abstractions, to purely conceptual, Non-Objective artwork. Composition and two dimensional design will be carefully planned with each project. Second semester, five-color linoleum block printmaking will be introduced. Emphasis is placed on art production, but students will also be expected to research, read and write about current events related to the arts.

Honors Art III - Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking

Course Credit: 2
Prerequisite: Art II - Painting, Drawing and Printmaking and/or recommendation of instructor

Course Description:

Students will explore new media such as Batik and printmaking methods. Students will move toward more personalized work. They will utilize art vocabulary to describe and critique their own work and that of others. Students will search for meaning in master works as well as their own creations as they begin to assemble a portfolio. Participation in various art shows and field trips is encouraged.

Honors Art IV 2-D Studio/Portfolio

Course Credit: 2(W)
Prerequisite: Honors Art III - Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking, and/or recommendation of instructor

Course Description:

This is an honors course for the serious art student. Students will build on their past work with an emphasis on creative design with the use of synectics. A completed portfolio is required at the end of first semester. All students are required to submit work to art exhibits second semester. Students are encouraged to explore individual interests in media and techniques while studying various artists and periods of art history. There are opportunities for field trips and special workshops.

Advanced Placement Studio Art: 2-D Design

Course Credit: 2(W)
Prerequisite: Honors Art III - Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking and/or recommendation of instructor

Course Description:

Students will explore practical design experiences of art production and develop mastery in concept, composition, and execution of their ideas. A required portfolio that expresses excellence in quality, breadth, and concentration is the culmination of this course. Throughout the year students are prepared for the Advanced Placement portfolio submission in May. Students must be willing to put in extra time, work independently, and have a passion for Art. Summer work is required.  This class can be taken for college credit through the UNO Dual Enrollment Program.

Advanced Placement Studio Art: Drawing

Course Credit: 2(W)
Prerequisite: Honors Art III - Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking, and /or recommendation of instructor

Course Description:

Students will explore practical drawing experiences of art production and develop mastery in concept, composition, and execution of their ideas. A required portfolio that expresses excellence in quality, breadth, and concentration is the culmination of this course. Throughout the year, students are prepared for the Advanced Placement portfolio submission in May. Students must be willing to put in extra time, work independently, and have a passion for Art. Summer work is required. This class can be taken for college credit through the UNO Dual Enrollment Program.

Pottery and Sculpture I

Course Credit: 2
Prerequisite: Art Foundations or Honors Art I and/or recommendation of instructor

Course Description:

Students will work with basic ceramic and sculpture techniques. Techniques practiced will include pinching, coiling, slab-construction, modeling, potter’s wheel skills, and a variety of firing techniques. Papier-mâché, carving, and assemblage sculpture techniques will also be used. Methods conducive to creative thinking and problem solving will be used to help students design meaningful and personal art work. Sculptural and ceramic art from a variety of cultures and time periods in history will be researched. Students will analyze artwork according to technique, form, content, and the principles of design.

Pottery and Sculpture II

Course Credit: 2
Prerequisite: Pottery and Sculpture I and/ or recommendation of instructor

Course Description:

Students will refine their skills with clay and sculpting techniques and begin to develop their own style. Concepts and techniques learned in Pottery and Sculpture I will be reviewed and practiced. Projects will be done in sets and series. Some opportunities for independent study will be available. Special projects will be included. Emphasis is on creating quality crafted work and preparing a portfolio for college. Students will study ceramic and sculptural art from around the world and different periods and styles.

Honors Pottery and Sculpture III

Course Credit: 2(W)
Prerequisite: Pottery and Sculpture II and/or recommendation of instructor

Course Description:

This class is for students who have completed all the previous pottery/sculpture classes and demonstrate a commitment to learning about art outside of the school environment. Students will design projects, create rubrics, and set goals for what they will accomplish each semester. Skills learned in prior art classes will be refined. Creating a portfolio (online or traditional) and participating in art events outside of class time are required.

AP Studio Art: 3-D Design

Course Credit: 2(W)
Prerequisite: Pottery and Sculpture II and/or recommendation of instructor

Course Description:

This class is for students with a compelling passion for art and an unshakable work ethic. Students will create 3D art work that demonstrates mastery of the elements, principles, concepts, techniques and craftsmanship required in art making. Students will independently research their ideas, design and create their projects, and maintain files and sketches of their ideas. Students will participate in evaluations of their progress and class critiques. The main goal of this class is for students to create a portfolio of work that meets the requirements for AP art credit. Special emphasis will be given in the areas of quality, breadth and concentration. Students must be willing to put in additional work outside of class, including during the summer and over breaks.

Visual Studies

Course Credit: 1

Course Description:

Art appreciation is the focus of this one semester class. Students will study the reasons why people make art, as well as the progression of art over time, styles of art, how art is a product of culture, and art’s effect on culture. Artists from a variety of cultures and life experiences will be studied. Students will use art terminology to speak and write about various types of art and will be exposed to a variety of art materials and methods.

Argumentation Theory and Oral Communications

Course Credit: 2

Course Description:

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of argumentation and teach them how to gather evidence, refute claims, and analyze arguments. Students will also present multiple fully-developed oral arguments using sound logic, organization, and evidence. This course will stress principles and practices of public speaking. Students will give a minimum of six speeches, three of which are impromptu in nature. Students will demonstrate their speaking skills for at least one group outside of class.

Competitive Speech: Novice

Course Credit: 2

Course Description:

Students in this course will be given an overview of each of the nine Nebraska School Activities Association sponsored speech events. The course will require students to prepare speeches, literature presentations, or practice extemporaneous and impromptu speaking skills. Students must compete with at least one event for a minimum of three speech competitions.

Competitive Speech: Varsity

Course Credit: 2(W)
Prerequisite: Competitive Speech: Novice

Course Description:

Students in this course will build on the skills that they have developed during Competitive Speech: Novice. They will be expected to prepare at least two events for competition, and will help Novice students as part of a course mentoring program. Students in this course will fundraise, organize, and manage a minimum of one speech tournament, compete at three varsity tournaments, and judge two novice competitions.

Drama I

Course Credit: 1

Course Description:

This course establishes a basic introduction to theater. Drama I will introduce students to theatrical vocabulary, elements, conventions, and basic concepts. It will also cover historical and cultural backgrounds, experiences that develop a broad-based body of knowledge, and technical skills and strategies for evaluating theater experiences. Aspects of theater that may be included are movement, pantomime, dramatic literature, oral interpretation, theater history, and acting.

Drama II

Course Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Drama I

Course Description:

This course is designed for students who wish to pursue their knowledge and skill in theater. Acting techniques and style, technical theater, and student directing will be emphasized in more specific detail with emphasis on greater student involvement in the theatrical process.

Advanced Acting

Course Credit: 2
Prerequisite: Drama II

Course Description:

Advanced Acting is a specialized training course for the student looking to continue development of the acting craft. The course will focus on the practice of four acting methods established by leading instructors in the craft: Stanaslavski, Strasberg, Meisner, and Adler. The course will be broken down into four quarters: Shakespearean Theatre, Comedic Theatre, Dramatic Theatre, and the Audition/Monologue.

Concert Choir

Course Credit: 2

Course Description:

This performance oriented class is open to all 9th-12th grade students, regardless of previous singing experience. The ensemble will study sophisticated choral literature and build upon part singing in choral music. Concert Choir students will sing a variety of music throughout the year, including music from all time periods and styles. The ensemble will perform at four home concerts each year, as well as compete in District Music Contest. Concert Choir members also have the opportunity, with instructor permission, to audition for Nebraska All State Chorus, Regional and National Honor Choirs, Vivace show choir, Musettes women’s choir, and Hawkappella men’s choir. Singing with the Music Ministry ensemble for All-School Masses is voluntary.

Honors Concert Choir

Course Credit: 2(W)
Prerequisite: Sophomore, junior or senior standing, one year of high school choir, and successful audition

Course Description:

Sophomores, juniors and seniors, with at least one year of high school choir experience, may audition for this performance oriented class. Auditions will be held during the month of April for the upcoming school year. This honors choir will consist of 16-28 voices and will meet separately from the Concert Choir. This ensemble will perform at four home concerts each year, as well as compete in District Music Contest. Honors Concert Choir students will sing a variety of music throughout the year, including music from all time periods and styles. In addition, the students meet their honors credit requirement by completing a research project in conjunction with each of the four home concerts and auditioning for the Nebraska All State Chorus. Honors Concert Choir members, like Concert Choir members, will have the opportunity to audition for Regional and National Honor Choirs, Vivace show choir, Musettes women’s choir, and Hawkappella men’s choir. Singing with the Music Ministry ensemble for All-School Masses is voluntary.

Show Choir

Course Credit: .5
Prerequisite: Audition and/or recommendation of instructor

Course Description:

Show Choir is a select singing and dancing ensemble that meets throughout the school year on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during E Period (6:45 a.m. – 7:30a.m.). In addition to attending all rehearsals, show choir members must commit to participating in all required performances. Auditions for the upcoming school year are held in the Spring. The director will conduct fall auditions as needed to fill open spots.

Beginning Band & Percussion

Course Credit: 2

Course Description:

This performance oriented class is designed for students who want to learn how to play a wind or percussion instrument. Instruction will be given on flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and battery and mallet percussion. While students should plan on renting or purchasing an instrument, the school can loan instruments on an individual basis. Upon completion of this course, students will be competent performers on their instruments, and will be ready to participate in Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Marching Band. Students must maintain a minimum of a B average during semester one to be eligible to continue with this course semester two.

Band

Course Credit: 2
Prerequisite: Experience with band instrument or instructor permission

Course Description:

This performance oriented class is designed for students who have experience playing a band instrument and have an interest in performing high quality wind band literature. The students perform as a concert band at least 4 times a year, with possible additional performances. Students will advance in technical and musical skills on their chosen instrument and play a wide variety of music from many styles. Students will have the chance to audition for the Nebraska All State Band and other Honor Bands. Students in Concert Band will also have the opportunity to try out for Jazz Band, Musical Pit Orchestra, small group ensembles, and solos. Students enrolled in this course should also take Marching Band in the fall.

Honors Band

Course Credit: 2(W)
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing, two years of high school band, and instructor permission

Course Description:

Juniors and Seniors may apply for this class during the spring of their Sophomore or Junior year. In addition to the course work for Concert Band, Honors Band Students will complete a research project concurrent with the music learned in class. Students in Honors Band will have the opportunity to try out for Jazz Ensemble, Musical Pit Orchestra, small group ensembles, and solos. Students enrolled in this course should also take Marching Band in the fall.

Marching Band

Course Credit: .5
Prerequisite: Experience with band instrument/color guard or instructor permission

Course Description:

This performance oriented course is for band and color guard students who have an interest in performing in a marching music ensemble. Students perform at all home football games and several Saturday competitions a season. Students will advance in technical and musical skills on their chosen instrument/equipment while increasing their knowledge and performance of marching techniques. Students in Marching Band must be able to commit to an intensive week-long band camp the first week of August, as well as Tuesday morning and Thursday evening rehearsals during the first quarter. All instrumentalists must also enroll in Concert Band.

Jazz Band

Course Credit: .5
Prerequisite: Audition and/or permission of instructor

Course Description:

This is a course for students who have experience playing a band instrument and have an interest in performing big band and jazz combo repertoire. The students perform as a jazz band for school concerts and several jazz competitions in the spring. Students will advance in technical and musical skills on their chosen instrument, as well as develop improvisational skills. Students will play a variety of genres of music including, but not limited to: Swing, Bebop, Latin, Rock, and Contemporary and Modern. Auditions will be held during first quarter. Jazz Band will meet on Thursday evenings and Tuesday during E Period (6:45 am-7:30am) beginning second quarter.

Piano I

Course Credit: 2

Course Description:

This course is designed for students who have no background in piano. Students will learn to play the piano/keyboard using a piano workbook/textbook. Students will advance in technical and musical skills, learn standard notation, basic music theory, and a wide range of basic styles such as classical, pop, and jazz.

Piano II

Course Credit: 2
Prerequisite: Piano I or instructor permission following extensive piano studies

Course Description:

This course is designed for students with an extensive background in piano studies. Students will continue their piano studies at an individualized pace using electronic keyboards. Students will develop their technical skills in the areas of scales, theory, and musical styles such as jazz and others that are appropriate to their playing level.

Guitar I

Course Credit: 2

Course Description:

Guitar I is a beginning guitar class designed for students with limited or no playing experience to learn the guitar. Students will advance in technical and musical skills, learn standard notation, tablature, chords, and basic music theory. A wide range of musical styles will be performed and studied. Students will have the opportunity to perform as a large ensemble or in small groups. Students must provide their own acoustic guitar.

Guitar II

Course Credit: 2
Prerequisite: Completion of Guitar I with an A average or permission of instructor

Course Description:

Guitar II allows guitarists to continue their growth as a musician. Students taking this class are expected to read standard notation, chord symbols, and tablature. Students will continue to advance in technical and musical skills and study music theory. Students will play a wide variety of music from many styles and time periods. Students will have the opportunity to perform as a large ensemble or in small groups. Students must provide their own acoustic guitar.

Music of the World

Course Credit: 2

Course Description:

Music of the World is designed for students with little to no experience in music who wish to learn about the theory, history, and performance of music in a non-performance based class. Emphasis will be placed on learning the written elements of music, developing aural analysis skills when listening to music, and reading about and discussing the role of music in other cultures across the world. Students may have the opportunity to see a live musical performance in the Omaha-metro area.