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Visual and Performing Arts

Requirement: 1 year for College Prep, 2 years for Scholars Program

The Arts at BCHS points students to their Creator by teaching the values of creativity, personal expression, and effort over time, teamwork, and individual achievement. Through the arts, students are able to express their God given image-bearing nature. Students will consistently perform with an exceedingly higher standard of excellence. The VPA department at BCHS offers such diverse courses of study as Art, Show Choir, Band, Theater, Guitar, Graphic Design, Digital Film Production, Floral Design and Broadcasting.
  • Art 1

    This course is designed to acquaint students with the techniques, philosophies, and history of art. Students create their own art while learning about famous artists and art terms. By the end of this course, students will have gained a new appreciation and knowledge of art.
    Prerequisite: None
    Eligibility: 9th-12th grade
  • Art 2

    This course is designed to continue the student’s knowledge of techniques, philosophies, and history of art. Students create advanced art projects while learning about famous artists, art movements, and art terms. By the end of this course, students will have expanded their appreciation, knowledge, and studio skills.
    Prerequisite: Art I with a grade of C or better or teacher referral only.
    Eligibility: 10th-12th grades
  • Studio Art (H)

    Students demonstrate their serious commitment to the practical experience of art through the development of a portfolio. The portfolio addresses three major concerns that are constant in art - quality, concentration, and breadth. Students complete work in class and at home.
    Prerequisite: Art 2 and teacher recommendation.
    Eligibility: 11th-12th grades
  • AP Studio Art: Drawing

    The AP Studio Art portfolios are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year. The AP Studio Art Program consists of three portfolios — 2-D Design, 3-D Design and Drawing — corresponding to common college foundation courses.
    Prerequisite: A or B in Studio Art
    Eligibility: 11th or 12th grade
  • Floral Design 1

    This course allows students to apply an artistic approach to floral design. Students will explore elements and principles of design, two or three dimensional designs, history of floral art, arrangement styles and techniques, seasonal, holiday and occasional designs.  Students will achieve this through creating, designing, identifying, explaining and evaluating all topics of study. In addition, all students will learn various types of cut and potted foliage, potted flowering plants, fresh flowers, tools, materials, display techniques, cut flower care and wedding consulting.
    Prerequisite: None Required
    Eligibility: 9-12 grades … specifically for students in the Ag Science Program

  • Visual Storytelling

    The course will function as an Art 2 class that offered to students who have taken other VPA courses that are based around the visual arts. This course will offer the students hands-on experience in the production and execution of a printed book. It is real world application of art, writing, and storytelling. The big movies coming out in the cinema are based around comic strips from the '30s. Comics have gone hand-in-hand with this countries progress during that time. As we cover this topic, the students will see the impact they can have on social issues much like how Professor X and Magneto were reflections of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Through this course, students will work both on their own and in groups to construct stories and produce their own works.
    Prerequisite: One year of an introductory level visual arts course
    Eligibility: 9th through 12th grade
  • Introduction to Graphic Design

    This course provides an introduction to basic concepts of graphic design such as color theory, composition and layout, perspective and typography in the context of creating computer graphics. Our primary graphics creation tool is Photoshop CS6. It is a multi-layered, robust graphical illustrator and photo editor. We will also use Adobe Illustrator, Adobe In Design, and a few free iPad apps.
    Prerequisite: None
    Eligibility: 9th-12th grades
  • Digital Video Production

    This course is designed to introduce and familiarize students with video production that includes the following: camera work, script writing, audio, editing, and producing. The course entails completion of group projects involving campus life and may include promotional videos. Each student will gain hands-on experience of single camera (film style) productions. No prior experience is required to attend certain activities outside of the regular school day.
    Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation
    Eligibility: 10th-12th grades
  • Strings

    The strings class is for students who have a minimum of 1-2 years experience on violin, viola, cello or bass. Their technique should be at the intermediate level or higher (grade 2.5-3 and up). The class meets daily, working on fundamentals, solos and ensemble music. Their performance depends on the number of students and individual levels. The first year might include 1-2 recitals, solo and ensemble ratings, festival, spring musical and a combined program mixing winds and strings chamber music. Private lessons are required as in the wind program. Practicing is also part of the grade.
  • Wind Ensemble

    This course is designed to help young maturing musicians develop skills that will increase their technical, emotional, and cognitive understanding of their instrument and music. Students must complete 5 hours of practice outside of class per week and take lessons.
    Prerequisite: It is suggested that a student entering this class have at least two years of prior experience on an instrument.
    Eligibility: 9th-12th grades
  • Show Choir

    Show Choir is an open course offered to all students. This course is designed to increase the vocal skills and performance levels of each student by presenting a rigorous repertoire from various historical periods and cultures. Students will sing a wide range of literature such as Musical Theatre, Pop, Jazz, and Folk. From the study of these various styles, students will attain enhanced awareness of the history and events surrounding the development of choral literature. Correct stylistic performance and interpretation of the different repertoires will be emphasized. Students will also learn creativity, grace, and confidence through various forms of dance. Students will choreograph and perform in class. 
    Prerequisite: Singing background, auditions may be required
    Eligibility: 9-12 grades
  • AP Music Theory

    The AP Music Theory course is designed to develop a student’s ability to recognize, understand and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. These abilities will be developed through various listening, performance, written, creative and analytical exercises. Although this course focuses on music of the Common Practice Period (1600 – 1900), materials and processes found in other styles and genres are also studied.
    PSAT Score Requirement: 101 or higher combined score in Math and Writing (an appeal may be made with that score being 95 or higher).
    Eligibility: 10th-12th grades
  • Guitar 1

    An elective class that teaches the basic techniques of playing the guitar in all styles of music. This class teaches the student music theory, rhythms, chord structures, and integrates all elements learned toward the application of leading worship, and playing songs. This class divides into two sections towards the middle of the year. Section 1 is basic guitar soloing techniques and Section 2 is classical and flat-picking techniques. 
    Prerequisite: None
    Eligibility: 9th-12th grades
  • Theater 1

    Theater focuses on the student’s artistic perceptions, creative expression, and understanding of historical contributions and cultural dimensions of the arts. Students analyze, respond to, and make judgments about works in the arts.
    Prerequisites: None.
    Eligibility: 9th-12th grade
  • Theater 2

    These courses are an extension of Theater 1. They are designed to enhance skill levels in all areas through continued exploration of themes in previous courses. The student is given increasingly difficult material to explore, taken from classic and modern theatre, as well as film. Student emphasis will be on acting, directing and writing with some technical theater and theater history as well. The primary aim is to emulate the style of professional actors workshops.
    Prerequisites: C or better in Theater 1. This course may be repeated as course content alternates each year.
    Eligibility: 10th-12th grades
  • Technical Theater and Production

    This course provides a thorough introduction to all aspects of technical theater: stagecraft, lighting, prop manufacturing, sound, set painting, and computerized show control. Balancing hands-on work with lecture, this course seeks to familiarize students with the tools of the theatre technician's craft. Additionally the course provides each student with the opportunity to design a set for a theoretical production. Each student is required to work on the crew of at least one performing arts production during the year.
    Prerequisites: Theater 1 or permission of the instructor. This course may be repeated as course content changes each year.
    Eligibility: 10th-12th grades
  • 21st Century Yearbook Design & Publication

    In Journalism/Yearbook, students will be trained to create clearly written print journalism and photojournalism stories on deadline in areas of Christian spirituality, academics, athletics and club activities at BCHS. Students will acquire practice writing stories weekly and creating photojournalism pieces while receiving detailed guidance and feedback throughout the process from their instructor. Writing assignments will mirror the types of assignments covered by local, state and national news organizations such as live events, feature articles, and other events. Students will be given the opportunity to cover regular column assignments while brainstorming new story ideas and feature articles for the 2018-19 school year.
    Eligibility:9th through 12th grade


  • Ann O'Neill

    Department Head, Teacher
  • Zachary Clark

  • Bob Hudson

  • Scott Joseph

  • Derik Watson

    Teacher, Head Coach
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