Arts

Creative Writing
Taylor Johnson
Creative Writing Syllabus

We’ll pursue five pillars of writing: drafting, editing, self-care, publishing, and reading by starting with a healthy dose of journal writing at the start of each class, finding opportunities to share our writing aloud and on anonymous class websites, pursuing outlets to share our writing efforts with a wider audience through publishing, and engaging in longer projects set by our own personal goals and interests with writing, such as developing a longer collection of poetry, creating a play, writing a novel, drafting a memoir, and much more.  Student-centered in approach, this class will honor the individual interests and passions of each student while seeking to cultivate a loving and caring community of fellows who are connected by a shared commitment to express themselves in words.

Dance
Allie Leach
DanceSyllabus

This year in our Dance Elective, we’ll explore a wide-variety of dance forms, some of which I’ll choose but you all will have a say in what we learn and dance as well. While I’ll be teaching the course, including dance history, various styles of dance, and showing dance videos, all of you will have the opportunity to teach the class as well. We’ll read, write, watch videos, and, of course, dance! I will not be evaluating you on your dancing unless you ask me to, but I will be evaluating you on your daily participation in dance class. We will workshop concepts together each week, and there will be a weekly component of written or spoken reflection in each of our classes.

Drama: Theatre for Change
Athena Hagen-Krause

How can Theatre help us to create change in our community?

What tools does Theatre give us to grow as people and transform our world?

In this class we will learn a variety of theatre games and techniques that will help us to explore the issues we care about in new and creative ways! 

Drawing from Theatre of the Oppressed, street theatre, and more we will move our bodies, stretch our imaginations, and practice new skills for building a better world together! 

Drama: Play-Making
Athena Hagen-Krause
Drama Syllabus

What is a Play and what goes into bringing it to life?

In this project-based class, learners will take the lead and take on the roles of directors, producers, designers, artisans, actors, backstage crew, playwrights, and more in order to bring a theatrical work from page to stage.  With guidance and support, students will have the opportunity to stretch their skills and get hands-on experience within a collaborative creative process. 

Guitar
Danny Walker

Makerspace
Dillon Martino
Makerspace Syllabus

The Makerspace program at City High School is part high school wood shop and part high tech lab, where students learn design thinking, digital design skills, rapid prototyping production, basic programming and circuitry (robotics) and physical tool training that allow them to create a wide variety of projects.

Studio Art
Jessica Melrose

Studio Art- Beginning Syllabus

Studio Art: Value, Texture and Techniques is a class designed for the emerging art student. We will explore the art elements: line, shape, form, value, texture and space, with an emphasis on value and spacial recognition and accuracy.

Working in primarily black and white media: graphite, charcoal, white charcoal, and pen, we will create value study drawings of topics meaningful to us using proven techniques to accurately depict images in a photo-realistic style.

We will also study professional documentation, portfolio development, and display our work for public audiences in the form of exhibitions within and outside of City High School. Finally, we will engage in reflections about our own art and artists we admire as they relate to our greater community.

By Kat Altaffer

Studio Art Intermediate Syllabus

Studio Art: Color and Composition is a class designed for art students with experience curious to explore color theory and composition. We will explore the art elements in depth: line, shape, form, value, color, texture and space, with a focus on color and color media and techniques, as well as the design principles: balance, rhythm, unity, contrast, pattern, emphasis, and movement, and when to use them and how to successfully ignore them.

Working in color media: colored pencil, oil pastel, soft pastels, and occasionally paint we will create color study drawings of topics meaningful to us using proven techniques to accurately depict images in a photo-realistic and illustrative style.

We will also study professional documentation, portfolio development, and display our work for public audiences in the form of exhibitions within and outside of City High.

Studio Art Advanced Syllabus

Studio Art: Design and purpose is a class designed for experienced art students curious to explore alternative methods of creating, developing their own style, and defining their purpose as an artist. We will use past explorations from previous courses as well as personal values, beliefs and personal and cultural inspiration to inform our work. Working in a variety of media, we will work on enhancing our portfolio and focus on professionalism in art.

We will continue to study documentation, portfolio development, and display our work for public audiences in the form of exhibitions within and outside of City High School. Finally, we will engage in reflections about our own art and artists we admire as they relate to our greater community.

Video Production
Jessica Melrose
Video Producation Syllabus

Video Production is a beginning-level course that will serve as an introduction to basic video/film/audio production. The goal of the course is for the student to develop the ability to capture great video images and audio, and to be able to edit those two elements together to tell a story, create an advertisement, or compose a visually appealing message.

The video production class is responsible for our Whole School Meeting Video Announcements as well as various community projects and promotions. Video Production partners with City CCL, the Red Cross, Linkages, Tucson Casineros and other community organizations to provide professional quality videos and promotions that can be used in students’ professional portfolios.