The Fine Arts at Baylor are hands-on experiences that integrate history, problem solving, communication skills, and independent thinking. Drawing, printmaking, pottery, sculpture, computer graphics and painting are all offered as part of our fine arts curriculum. Voice and diction, piano, band, string orchestra, and concert choir are among our musical course offerings. Students interested in music also have the opportunity to perform in string ensemble, concert choir, concert band, and brass ensemble. Plays and dance recitals give students hands-on experience in the technical and artistic aspects of performing. Students can also select media studies courses that include video production, photography, computer graphics and video editing.
Fine Arts Requirements: One credit is required. Students may earn that credit by taking either one course that lasts for a year or two courses lasting one semester each. Note: All studio art courses are one semester.
Studio Art Courses lasting a semester
Art 100: Foundations of Drawing
This course is concerned with developing visual, aesthetic and technical skills. Students are introduced to the fundamental skills in drawing and painting through a variety of projects using two dimensional media.
Art 200: Foundations of Design
Design is the underlying discipline of all forms of visual expression. This course introduces the principals of design of two and three dimensional artwork. Using a variety of exercises in several media, students are challenged and stimulated to solve problems of visual planning with a focus on three-dimensional projects.
This course introduces a variety of drawing materials: graphite, charcoal, pen and ink, compressed charcoal pastels, and oil sticks. Working from live models, still life, the interior, and landscape, students use gesture, contour, and value studies to develop skills for accurately rendering forms. As proficiency increases, the more personal aspects of students’ drawing are encouraged.
Students explore a range of painting media. The focus of the course is on using the sight-size method of drawing an object exactly as it appears to the artist, on a one-to-one scale. Students complete several works in different media.
Intermediate Drawing and Painting
This class encourages students to pursue their interests as they investigate traditional and contemporary approaches to the human figure, still life, and abstraction. A variety of materials are used including oil paint, acrylic, printmaking, and photo transfer. The artwork created in this class can be used for the AP Drawing or Design portfolio.
Design: Form and Function
Students in this course are introduced to the techniques of the craft of woodworking. Emphasis is placed on the safe and practical use of tools and materials, a good working knowledge of architectural standards, and an understanding of the process from design to finished piece.
This course is an introduction to hand building and throwing on the wheel. Students develop skills in forming, firing, and glazing pottery of their own design. Class is held in the Ireland Fine Arts Center, where each student has an individual wheel. Highlights include the Japanese method of Raku and throwing on the wheel.
This course covers the design and production of wheel-thrown pottery in stoneware. Hand building, using contemporary techniques, is incorporated as well. Mixing glazes and firing technology round out the course. One semester of pottery is a prerequisite. Students keep a journal containing sketches and articles about the techniques of other artists.
Independent Tutorial in Visual Art
This is an opportunity for a student to work with a member of the department in which they share a common interest. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors by permission of the Department Head.
Theater Courses lasting a semester
Theater 100: Introduction to Acting
This acting class focuses on developing skills in concentration, voice and speech, movement, improvisation, and creation of characters for the stage. This training leads to the production of improvisational scenes and performance projects including a scene from a scripted play and individual monologues. (Open to all grade levels.)
Theater 200: Acting for Production
This course is designed for students who have an interest in theater and performance and would like to continue their training and technique. The class ensemble will choose and stage a series of one-act plays and monologues to be presented in found spaces around campus, with a culminating performance in the Roddy Performing Arts Center at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: Theater 100. (Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors)
Theater 300: Advanced Acting and Directing
Theater 300 provides students with an opportunity to continue to develop their acting skills and to learn and implement basic directing skills. This course is a continuation of Theater 200 and meets concurrently with Theater 200. Students in Theater 300 will take a leadership role in selecting plays and planning the ensemble’s performances and will direct their peers in one act plays to be presented in found spaces around campus, and in a culminating performance in the Roddy Performing Arts Center at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: Theater 100 and 200. (Open to Juniors and Seniors)
Media Courses lasting a semester
This course develops one's visual awareness and ability to analyze images from the media arts of our 21st century: photography, film, advertising, TV, and the Internet. The scope of the course is wide-ranging. It covers media as history, politics, public opinion, and behavioral modification, and it focuses on how non-verbal communication is a pervasive and effective means of reaching people. (This course is open to students in grades 9-12).
This course teaches students to develop creative and meaningful imagery through the use of a digital camera and post-processing tools such as Adobe Photoshop. Students learn various photographic and post-processing techniques, as well as how to "read" and critique images while building a portfolio that serves as the final exam for the course. Students should have daily use of a digital camera.
Digital Design I
This course focuses on developing design skills through the use of different software. Students learn how to use a desktop computer, and how to use design applications like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. They also learn about making their own software, as well as 3D printing. Students are also introduced to open source software that they can use at home.
Digital Design II
Digital Design II focuses on using the computer to produce images, objects and a website. In the course each student will display their coursework on a website they make. The course requires the use of Adobe creative suite, Google web apps, CAD software for designing objects, and Arduino IDE for physical computing. This course builds on the skills developed in Digital Design I and allows students to explore real world applications for the computer as a tool for art and design.
Music Courses lasting a year
This course introduces students to the performance of choral music. Students work individually and in ensemble to prepare music in rehearsal for performance in a variety of choral settings. Regular rehearsals lead to performances in the Baylor community and beyond. Performance opportunities include campus events, community performances, adjudicated festivals, and an annual spring tour. Repertoire includes classical choral literature, modern songs, musical theater, new works, and pieces from men’s and women’s choir repertoire. Evaluation is determined by daily class performance, vocal development, musical independence, and written evaluations. Enrollment is open to any student regardless of ability or experience.
Concert Band is a year-long course. Students with unusual circumstances can take the course for one semester with permission of the instructor. Students who enroll generally have at least one year of experience with a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument though some beginning players can be accommodated with the permission of the instructor. This course introduces students to the performance of instrumental music. Emphasis is placed on instrumental technique, quality sound production, accurate reading of pitches and rhythm, and the intricacies of ensemble playing. Daily rehearsals lead to performances within the Baylor community and beyond. Evaluation is based on demonstrated daily class preparation/participation, responsible participation in all band activities and events, and participation in all performances. All freshmen are required to participate in The East Tennessee Band and Orchestra Director’s Junior Clinic Auditions. All students perform in the year-ending solo and ensemble concerts. Generally, the band performs a Holiday Concert in December and a Spring Concert in May. In the spring, the band traditionally participates in a band festival. Participation in this trip is highly encouraged.
Orchestra is a year-long course. Students with unusual circumstances can take the course for one semester with permission of the instructor. All students from beginner to advanced with an interest in playing string instruments (violin, viola, cello, bass, and piano) are encouraged to participate. This course introduces students to the performance of instrumental music. Emphasis is played on instrumental technique, quality sound production, accurate reading of pitches and rhythm, and the intricacies of ensemble playing. Daily rehearsals lead to performances within the Baylor community and beyond. Evaluation is based on demonstrated daily class preparation/participation, responsible participation in all orchestra activities and events, and participation in all performances. All freshmen are required to participate in The East Tennessee Band and Orchestra Director’s Junior Orchestra Festival. All students perform in the year-ending solo and ensemble concerts. Generally, the orchestra performs a Holiday Concert in December and a Spring Concert in May. In the spring, the orchestra participates in a festival and travels with the band. Participation in this trip is highly encouraged.
Music Courses lasting a semester
Music and SocietyMusic and Society is a survey of the relationship of history, society, and culture with the musical forms and genres that reflect these developments. The class explores the significance and changes in musical style, music-making, and uses in society from all periods of Western Art Music into present day popular music. Specific topics explored include the Practice and Value of Music in Culture, Music in Worship, Music and War, and African-American Music. This class incorporates discussions, projects, presentations, and analysis of performances to make significant connections between the music’s place in society and society’s influence on music.
AP Studio Art
This is a course for mature and talented students experienced in drawing and design skills. Students work at a high rate of speed, producing work to be evaluated by the AP graders. Significant time and the commitment to produce twenty-four works of art are required. Departmental approval is required for enrollment.
3-D AP Studio Art
The 3-D portfolio is intended to address a broad interpretation of sculptural issues in depth and space. These may include mass, volume, form, plane, light, and texture. Such elements and concepts may be articulated through additive, subtractive, and/or fabrication processes. Examples of approaches include traditional sculpture, architectural models, ceramics, and three dimensional fiber arts. Departmental approval is required for enrollment.