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The Arts Curriculum

Art Classes

Ceramics/Sculpture

Teacher: Robert Allison
Length/Credit: 1 Semester, 0.5 Credit

  • Unit 1: Understanding water based clay
  • Unit 2: Working with clay slabs
  • Unit 3: Proper ways to attach clay
  • unit 4: Using armatures
  • Unit 5: Learning to look
  • Unit 6: Other sculpting materials
  • Unit 7: Polymer clay

Ceramics/Sculpture II

Teacher: Robert Allison
Length/Credit: 1 Semester, 0.5 Credit

  • Unit 1: The bronzing process
  • Unit 2: Throwing a pot on the wheel
  • Unit 3: Make a form from a press mold
  • unit 4: Large and creative coil/pinch pot
  • Unit 5: Large bas-relief
  • Unit 6: Sculpt a human head
  • Unit 7: Making a mold
  • Unit 8: Polymer clay

Ceramics/Sculpture III

Teacher: Robert Allison
Length/Credit: 1 Semester, 0.5 Credit
Course Description: Students are expected to be self-motivated and inquisitive about what can be accomplished with clay. In ceramics, the student will throw large bowls and cylinders. They will be taught how to make lids and handles. Students will also learn how to mix glazes from a powder form. In sculpture, the student will create animals and figures using different materials. They will learn about making molds and will make their own. They will sculpt a human face using a model and measurements. They will learn about the bronzing process in detail. If time permits, they will tour an art casting foundry in Loveland.

  • Unit 1: Throwing set forms on the wheel
  • Unit 2 - Understanding glazes
  • Unit 3- Techniques for sculpting a low and high relief
  • Unit 4 - Understanding mold making
  • Unit 5 - Using measurements and photos to sculpt a human head
  • Unit 6 - Using polymer clay to create quality art.

Crafts & Printmaking

Teacher: Mark Hollenbeck
Length: 1 Semester, 0.5 Credits

  • Unit 1: Mosaics
  • Unit 2: Mask Making
  • Unit 3: Handmade paper
  • unit 4: Batik
  • Unit 5: Slip Casting
  • Unit 6: Jewelry made from polymer beads
  • Unit 7: Stained glass
  • Unit 8: Printmaking - Linoleum cut
  • Unit 9: Printmaking - Intaglio and Engraving
  • Unit 10: Printmaking - String print process
  • Unit 11: Printmaking - Monotype
  • Unit 12: Printmaking - Serigraph (silk screen)

Computer Graphics I

Teacher: Mark Hollenbeck
Length: 1 Semester, 0.5 Credit

  • Unit 1: Desktop publishing - Graphic Design
    • Graphic design terms and concepts
    • Create a nameplate
  • Unit 2: Adobe Illustrator
    • Tools, menus, methods of selection
    • Learn to use all aspects of the text tools
    • Learn to use layers
    • Create a pool table
  • Unit 3: Adobe Photoshop
    • Photoshop tools, menus, and selection methods
    • Learn text menus and expanded text possibilities as well as limitations
    • Using layers effectively
    • Using layer masks effectively, three photo merge assignment
    • Using the rubber stamp tool
    • Using brush tools

Computer Graphics II

Teacher: Mark Hollenbeck
Length/Credit: 1 Semester, 0.5 Credit

This semester class will provide opportunity for students interested in graphic design software including Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to create portfolio worthy projects. Assignments are artistic in nature and include assemblage, tessellations, nameplate design, logo design, font design, and poster design, as well as 3D printing. When possible, students will work with an actual client to further their understanding of the graphic design process. Students are evaluated on effort, attitude, knowledge, creativity, and problem solving.

  • Adobe Illustrator
    • Unit 1: Typography 101
    • Unit 2: Poster Design
    • Unit 3: Logo Design
    • Unit 4: Cover Design
    • Unit 5: Font Design
  • Adobe PhotoShop
    • Unit 6: Layer Masks
    • Unit 7: Still Life Painting
    • Unit 8: Working with old photos
  • 3. Blender
    • Unit 9: 3D Design and Printing
    • Unit 10: 3D Collaborative Project

Drawing & Painting I

Teacher: Mark Hollenbeck
Length: 1 Semester, 0.5 Credits

  • Unit 1: Learning to see
    • Contours
    • Spatial relationships
    • Values
    • Space
    • Proportions
  • Unit 2: Elements of Art/Principals of Design
  • Unit 3: Painting Basics
    • Color theory
    • Color schemes
    • Water colors
    • Acrylics
  • Unit 4: Painting vocabulary and concepts

Drawing & Painting II

Teacher: Mark Hollenbeck
Length: 1 Semester, 0.5 Credits

  • Unit 1: Drawing II
    • Portfolio set up
    • Review drawing by seeing
    • Large format drawings/graphite
    • Cloth drawings/charcoal
    • Mixed media/ink, tissue paper
    • Figure drawing - pastel, charcoal, India ink
    • Scratch boards (OP art. Poster design)
    • Large scale ballpoint pen drawing/self portrait
  • Unit 2: Painting II
    • Watercolor review
    • Folded paper WC painting
    • Word art
    • Acrylic review
    • Still life acrylic
    • Painting on ready-made or found objects
    • Large scale comic book painting
  • Unit 3: Portfolio Review

Intro to Art

Teacher: Emily Saulnier 
Length: 1 semester, 0.5 credits
Course Description: Introduction to art will show students that art can part of lifelong learning. Whether your interest lies in art as a career, hobby or a way to be involved in community programs. Students will learn art criticism, judgment, and identification. This course will introduce each element and principle of design in depth. Students will have opportunities to create artworks, discover tools, materials, and techniques of various media through the use of the class textbook, videos, reports, and required gallery visits around the Denver area. Introduction to art will teach the language of art, which will increase your ability to understand, appreciate, and enjoy art. Most importantly, it will teach students to express themselves clearly when discussing art.

  • Unit 1: Elements of Art
  • Unit 2: Principles of Design
  • Unit 3: Art Criticism
  • Unit 4: Review and test
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Photography I

Instructor: Michael Nelson
Length: 1 Semester, 0.5 Credits

  • Unit 1: Holy Trinity of Photography
    • Shutter
    • Aperture
    • ISO
  • Unit 2: Telling a Story with Images 
    • Slide Shows
    • Photoshop Editing
  • Unit 3: Lighting
    • Reading Light
    • Using Lights
  • Unit 4: Green Screen
    • Lighting
    • Photoshop Editing
  • Unit 5: Design, Execute, Print, Present
    • Storyboarding
    • Lighting Design
    • Editing
    • Printing
    • Presenting

Photography II

Instructor: Michael Nelson
Length: 1 Semester, 0.5 Credits
Equipment Required: Professional level camera and external storage device required

  • Unit 1: Fill in the Gaps (review of Photography I)
  • Unit 2: Design Photo Session
    • Session ideas include album cover, freezing action, photo journalism, high fashion, double exposure, projectors, magazine layout, event coverage, fine art, etc.
  • Unit 3: Execute Photo Session
  • Unit 4: Edit Photo Session
  • Unit 5: Present Final Photos

Video Production

Teacher: Jason Rogness
Course Length: 1 semester/.5 credit
Course Description: This semester long, project based course develops career and communication skills in digital video production. Students will learn storytelling, capturing and editing video and audio, and finalizing and publishing content to a variety of formats. Students gain experience through real-world projects that help them understand roles and processes across a broad range of careers involving digital video.

Course Outline: 

  • Unit 1: History of Video Production
  • Unit 2: Orientation and Safety
  • Unit 3: The Production Process
  • Unit 4: Camera Use and Creating A Shot
  • Unit 5: Adobe Premiere Editing
  • Unit 6: Live Video: Interviewing and the Newsroom
  • Unit 7: Career Development

Performing Arts

Choirs - Men's Choir and Bel Canto (Women's Choir)

Teacher: Chris Loesel 
Course Length/Credit: 1 year/1 credit
Course Description: Music is a gift from God and singing is one way that everyone can praise our Lord and Savior. Men's and Women's Choir are classes for anyone who loves to sing. There is no audition or experience necessary to be a part of these groups. Men's and Women's Choir teach the basics of singing and focuses on building an appreciation of God’s gift of music. They are also good places to learn and prepare to audition for Jubilate.

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will

  • understand the reason why we sing at Lutheran High and how we can share the Gospel through song
  • develop a basic understanding of the components of musical theory, interpretation, and musicality that make a successful choir
  • learn the basics of sight reading
  • acquire the skills necessary to analyze and interpret what good choral singing sounds like and in turn translate those skills into their singing
  • develop a love of music

Course Outline

Men's and Women's Choir rehearsals will be used to prepare for the following events throughout the school year:

  • A LuHi Christmas
  • LuHi Arts Showcase
  • Colorado State High School Choir Competition
  • Church Services
  • Performances throughout the community

Men's and Women's Choir also participates in several events throughout the year to enhance the students’ appreciation of music. These include:

  • Working with a college choir director
  • Listening to other high school choirs from the area

Jubilate

Teacher: Chris Loesel
Course Length/Credit: 1 year/1 credit
Course Description: Music is a gift from God and singing is one way that everyone can praise our Lord and Savior. The Jubilate Choir is the top singing ensemble at Lutheran High School. Students are admitted to the class by audition only and participate in a variety of performances throughout the year. Jubilate is a choir for the serious musician that wants to refine their skills and be a part of a high achieving ensemble.

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will

  • understand the reason why we sing at Lutheran High and how we can share the Gospel through song
  • understand the components of musical theory, interpretation, and musicality that make a successful choir
  • be able to sight read choral music in 4 parts at a proficient level
  • acquire the skills necessary to analyze and interpret what good choral singing sounds like and in turn translate those skills into their singing
  • develop a love of music

Course Outline

Jubilate rehearsals will be used to prepare for the following events throughout the school year:

  • A LuHi Christmas
  • LuHi Arts Showcase
  • Colorado State High School Choir Competition
  • Choir Tour
  • Grade School Tour
  • Church Services
  • Performances throughout the community

Music Theory

Teacher: Rachel Andersen 
Course Length/Credit: 1 year/1 credit

  • Notation Scales
  • Tonality
  • Key Intervals and Transposition
  • Chords
  • Cadences and Non Harmonic Tones
  • Melodic Organization
  • Texture
  • Species Counterpoint
  • Voice Leading
  • Harmonic Progression
  • Seventh Chords
  • Secondary Dominant and Leading Tone Chords
  • Modulation
  • Binary and Ternary Form

Theatre I

Teacher: Jillian Lietzau
Course Length/Credit: 1 semester/.5 credit

Theatre I is an introductory course to the world of theatre and performance. It incorporates the origins and history of theatre, focusing on Greek, Shakespeare, and Contemporary. This course requires reading, researching, analyzing, and evaluating various plays. Students will learn and utilize basic acting techniques, movement, vocalization, and character development from different periods and styles focusing on creative expression through theatrical performance. Group and/or solo performances will be mandatory in this course. Play critiques from outside performances will be required. Students interested in participating in LuHi theatre productions are encouraged to take this class.

  • Unit 1 - Theatre Origins
    • Greek theatre performance style
    • Greek playwrights & plays
    • Working as an ensemble - Greek Chorus scene performance
  • Unit 2 - Shakespeare
    • Performance style
    • Character development
    • How to audition
    • Monologue performance
  • Unit 3 - Readers Theatre
    • Bringing storytelling to life
    • Reading text with expressive voices/gestures
    • Performing scripts adapted from literature
  • Worked on throughout the semester
    • Voice & Body Language
      • Using vocal variety to create/enhance character & emotions
      • Using body language & facial expressions to create/enhance character & emotions
    • Script & character analysis
      • Dissecting the story & creating the world of the play
      • Getting to know the characters & bringing them to life

Theatre II

Teacher: Jillian Lietzau
Course Length/Credit: 1 semester/.5 credit
Prerequisite: Theatre I or Department Consent

  • Unit 1 - Stanislavski acting technique
    • Naturalistic style of acting
    • Elements of action
    • Super objectives
    • Through line of action
    • Scene performance
  • Unit 2 - Meisner acting technique
    • Producing honest reactions
    • Spontaneity of improvisation
    • Acting from the heart
    • Living in the moment
    • Scene performance
  • Unit 3 - Intro to Scenic Elements
    • Beginning lighting design & how it enhances a show
      • Basic lighting systems
    • Beginning sound design & how it enhances a show
      • Basic sound systems
      • The Art of Foley
    • Incorporating these elements into final monologue project

Theatre II is a continuation of the Theatre I course. This course will expand upon the research, analysis, acting and vocal techniques learned in Theatre I. Focus will be given to strengthening the students’ performance skills through advanced movement, vocal and acting techniques. Students will be introduced to the acting methods of famous acting teachers Stanislavski and Meisner and learn how to utilize those methods to improve their theatrical performances on the stage. Reading and researching will be required as students focus on incorporating various acting methods and character analysis into performances through scene and monologue work. An introduction into lighting, sound, and stage design will be incorporated into this course to enrich the students' understanding of how scenic elements enhance a performance. Play critiques from outside performances will be required. Students interested in participating in LuHi theatre productions are encouraged to take this class.

Wind Ensemble

Teacher: Rachel Andersen 
Course Length/Credit: 1 year/1 credit
Course Description: Ensemble playing presents the unique opportunity to build community and create connections between the audience and performers without using words. Wind Ensemble is place where students can develop their technical, lyrical, and expressive skills in the context of Christian vocation.

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will:

  • understand how to convey a composer’s intentions through phrasing and articulation
  • understand how to balance his or her individual sound with that of the other students
  • be able to accurately count rhythms in both simple and compound meters
  • be able to identify and execute different timbral qualities
  • become proficient in a variety of styles from all Western musical style periods
  • develop a love of music

Course Outline: Wind Ensemble rehearsals will be used to prepare for the following events throughout the school year:

  • A LuHi Christmas
  • LuHi Arts Showcase
  • Colorado State High School Band Competition
  • Chapel Presentations
  • Spring Instrumental Concert
  • Performances throughout the community

Academy Information

LuHi have six different academies a student could choose from. We offer Art, Music, STEM, Business, Missions and Ministry, and Lights. If you want to read further about the different Academy curriculum the link is provided below for you.

To learn more about all Academy options here at LuHi, click here.