Middle School Curriculum

HCA offers several different options for its middle school students to achieve their fine arts credits. By offering art, music/choir and drama at this level, the students can get a feel for the different courses and learn the expectations for the high school programs. Through self-discovery and testing, the students can also find hidden talents or passion for the arts. All courses offered give an introduction to the subject along with possible performance responsibilities and opportunities.

High School Curriculum

Art I - Studio Art

An introductory level, two-dimensional design course with an introduction into three-dimensional design for the Upper School student. The curriculum focus is on creativity with perspective and shallow space design. Homework is required and a semester exam is given at the end of each semester.


Art II - Studio Art

Studio Art II is a continuation of Studio Art I with an emphasis of application of the elements and principles of design. Two-dimensional design course with a continuation into three-dimensional design for the Upper School student. Some homework is required and an art history project is given at the end of each semester. Participation in art contests is encouraged and available.


Art III (A) - Sculpture/Ceramics/Jewelry

This course is an introduction to three-dimensional art and ceramic design that develop methods including hand building techniques, introduction of a potter’s wheel and the introduction to sculpture techniques including basic methods of modeling, construction and carving. Homework and sketchbook assignments are required.


Art III (B) - Drawing/Mixed Media/Painting

This course is designed for the serious art student who has shown a desire to develop further technical skills in drawing and Mixed Media. Focus is continued with study of space, form, line, contour, gesture, texture, value and composition in still life, landscape, perspective and figure, with an emphasis on working with color. Various media is integrated.


Art IV - Senior Portfolio

The Art Portfolio course is designed for the purpose of advancing serious art students to produce a solid portfolio that shows mastery in concept, composition, and the execution of 2-D design, drawing, ceramics and sculpture. Students should expect the course to be rigorous in nature.


Choir

Mixed choir. Students are expected to participate in concerts and competitions.


Performance Drama

Devoted to teaching the students the foundations of theater and introducing them to all levels of theater activities.


Play Production

Audition only class focused on preparation for TAPPS One Act Play and TAPPS academic meet.


Band

Previous experience required or teacher approval.


Praise Team

Student audition required. Students lead praise and worship in weekly chapel services.


Debate

Study and preparation in the Lincoln-Douglas style debates. Students are prepared for and will compete in debate competitions.


Yearbook

Production of the school's annual yearbook. Commitment to attend Yearbook Camp is required.