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Fine and Performing Arts

Marian’s Fine and Performing Arts Department includes courses in art, drama, and music. 

Art classes foster an appreciation and awareness of the beauty in the world.  They inspire students to become aware of their hidden potentials and gifts, challenge their creativity, and encourage them to convey their feelings and thoughts through the visual media.  Students are instructed in the skills and disciplines necessary to create a fine work of art.

Drama classes are offered from beginning to advanced levels in which students perform by studying techniques, vocal projection, movement, script analysis and technical production.  The advanced class presents contemporary and classical plays in repertory performances each spring. 

Marian’s vocal music classes encourage the development of a well-rounded student through participation and study in music.  Marian strives to offer a variety of musical experiences from the beginning level to more advanced, through several performing groups, including Women’s Ensemble, Concert Choir, Melodies, and Liturgical Choir.  Instrumental music classes are offered through Brother Rice High School.

Course Offerings

List of 25 items.

  • Art Exploration

    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    Open to 9, 10, 11, 12

    This introductory course is open to any student who has an interest and/or appreciation for art. Any student will discover her creative ability, learn to meet goals, and enjoy the process of making art. A student will learn about and implement the elements and principles of design, as well as study the artistic styles throughout history. Although this class is a building block for the serious student who wishes to take AP Studio Art, a student does not have to have artistic ability or experience to enroll in Art Exploration.
     
  • Design Concepts

    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    Open to 9, 10, 11, 12

    This course explores different design problems to which there are infinite creative solutions. Creativity is nurtured as students explore ways to design 2-Dimensional (Design) and 3-Dimensional (Sculpture) art that has specific compositional requirements. Almost like solving a puzzle, students will learn how to manipulate materials to make a meaningful statement, sell a product, or create eye-catching work. Concepts of altering or reshaping materials will be encouraged.
  • Drawing and Painting

    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    Open to 10, 11, 12

    The student will use and implement the Elements and Principles of Design, as well as Rules of Composition, as she is exposed to different drawing and painting techniques and styles including: still life, landscape, abstract, and portraiture. A focus in color theory principles will be implemented using dry, wet, and mixed media.
  • Graphic Imaging and Design

    1 semester, 1/2  credit
    Open to 9,10,11,12

    This “STEM-compatible” art course explores the creation process and practical application of modern Digital Imaging through the use of technology. A student does not need to have artistic ability or computer skills to enroll in this course. Course topics include composition, ethics in digital imaging, digital photo retouching and photo manipulation, digital illustration, logo design/branding and publishing. Students in this course will learn to use Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator, the industry-standard software for Graphic Design and Publishing. This is an art course designed for students interested in a overview of art and design in real-world applications such as graphic design, visual communications, marking and advertising, technology, and digital photography. 
  • AP Studio Art: 3-D Design

    1 year, 1 credit
    Open to 11, 12

    This course is designed to mirror a college freshman level art and design class. Students will create a portfolio of work, focusing on the investigation of formal and conceptual issues. Through process, informed design-making, and development of technical skills, students will grow into independent thinkers who will contribute inventively and critically to their culture through the making of art. Students who choose to do this portfolio will start the year with summer assignments, and then work on 2 projects simultaneously during the school year, called in-class and out-of-class assignments. The 3-D portfolio is distinguished by the emphasis of addressing sculptural issues. Understanding the design principals as they relate to the integration of depth and space, volume and surface, will be articulated in 3-D forms. Assignments are specific to the portfolio requirements: 5 works for Quality section, 12 works for Concentration section, and 12 works for Breadth section. Critiques will be a weekly requirement, as well as deadlines on assignments. Process journals will also be utilized. Photos will be taken of all works, and students will submit both digitally and physically,  their completed portfolio to the College Board for review and credits, in May during AP testing. The 3-D portfolio class cannot be repeated.
  • AP Studio Art: 2-D Design

    1 year, 1 credit
    Open to 11, 12

    This course is designed to mirror a college freshman level art and design class. Students will create a portfolio of work, focusing on the investigation of formal and conceptual issues. Through process, informed design-making, and development of technical skills, students will grow into independent thinkers who will contribute inventively and critically to their culture through the making of art. Students who choose to do this portfolio will start the year with summer assignments, and then work on 2 projects simultaneously during the school year, called in-class and out-of-class assignments. The 2-D portfolio is distinguished by the emphasis of use of the elements and principals of design. Assignments are specific to the portfolio requirements: 5 works for Quality section, 12 works for Concentration section, and 12 works for Breadth section. Critiques will be a weekly requirement, as well as deadlines on assignments. Process journals will also be utilized. Photos will be taken of all works, and students will submit, both digitally and  physically,  their completed portfolio to the College Board for review and credits, in May during AP testing. The 2-D  portfolio class cannot be repeated.
     
  • AP Studio Art: Drawing

    1 year, 1 credit
    Open to 11, 12

    This course is designed to mirror a college freshman level art and design class. Students will create a portfolio of work, focusing on the investigation of formal and conceptual issues. Through process, informed design-making, and development of technical skills, students will grow into independent thinkers who will contribute inventively and critically to their culture through the making of art. 

    Students who choose to do this portfolio will start the year with summer assignments, and then work on 2 projects simultaneously during the school year, called in-class and out-of-class assignments. The Drawing  portfolio is distinguished by the emphasis of  composition, line quality, rendering of form, surface manipulation, tonal values, illusion of depth, and representation or abstraction. Assignments are specific to the portfolio requirements: 5 works for Quality section, 12 works for Concentration section, and 12 works for Breadth section. Critiques will be a weekly requirement, as well as deadlines on assignments. Process journals will also be utilized. Photos will be taken of all works, and students will submit both digitally and  physically,  their completed portfolio to the College Board for review and credits, in May during AP testing. The Drawing  portfolio class cannot be repeated.
  • Pottery I

    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    Open to 10, 11, 12

    This course covers the basic principles and elements of design and the tactile qualities of clay.  Students explore the methods of pinch, coil, slab, and combination of forming their ceramic structures as well as glaze application.
  • Pottery II

    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    Open to 10, 11, 12

    All aspects of wheel throwing will be emphasized in this course. Time permitting, three-dimensional clay sculpture will also be covered.
  • Experience Music and Art

    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    Open to 11, 12

    This course is designed to be a comprehensive study of music and art and their historical development. Students will have a wealth of experiences in music history, theory, listening and analyzing a variety of music genres. Art experiences will include art history, methods, and techniques. This is an academic course, not a performing or art-creating course, and requires no previous experience in either discipline.
  • Introduction to Acting

    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    Open to 9, 10

    This course is designed to offer an introduction to various aspects of acting.   It will include basic acting principles, basic vocal production, pantomime, improvisation, character and play analysis. Students will perform creatively from monologues, scene studies, and one-act plays.
  • Actors Workshop/Improvisation

    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    Open to 10, 11, 12 

    This is an intermediate level acting class for students to improve their acting, communication, and public speaking skills. The focus is to prepare an ensemble performance and learn how to produce a children’s play or a variety of short scenes and to perform our production at feeder schools, nursing home, or at any outside venue.

    Improvisation is an excellent tool for becoming a better actor.  This course will also focus on the basics of improvisation and help students work on their acting skills. Learn techniques to think quickly on your feet, be more spontaneous, more focused, and more creative.
  • Technical Theatre/Film and Video

    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    Open to 9, 10, 11, 12

    This course will give students an understanding of the "behind the scenes" workings of a production. Learn the fundamentals of stage construction including basic drafting and construction tools and materials, scenic effects and two- and three-dimensional scenery, scene painting, props, set and lighting design.   

    This course will also analyze film with respect to theatrical dimensions of character development, sets, lighting, sound, acting and directing techniques. The students will create video projects implementing what they have learned, along with creating public service announcement videos, music videos and stop motion videos.
     
  • Directing/Improvisation/Repertory Theatre

    1 semester, 1/2 credit,
    Open to 11, 12

    This course is acting and directing one act plays to showcase to the public at the end of the semester.  This class is devoted to the preparation and performance of a variety of plays where students take full responsibility for scheduling, rehearsing, costuming, lighting, sets, props, sound, publicity and make-up.   

    This class will also teach students the basic techniques of directing a production. Students will learn how to analyze a script, block movement, prepare a director's book/prompt book, production preparation, audition, and casting. This class will also use improvisation and theatre games as part of acting techniques to teach concepts.
     
     
     
  • Women's Ensemble

    1 semester, 1/2 credit 
    Open to 9, 10, 11, 12

    Women’s Ensemble is for any student who wants to explore their voice within a quality choral ensemble.  This class is designed to be a small class, providing each student with some individual, as well as ensemble instruction. Basic vocal techniques, sight reading, fundamental music theory and performance procedures are studied.  Students will sing primarily two-part and three-part arrangements as well as perform with the concert choir on occasion. Students also receive instruction for solos, vocal competitions, and piano. This group performs at one annual concert .
     
  • Concert Choir I

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 9, 10, 11, 12

    Concert Choir is a mixed choral ensemble. A variety of musical styles and periods will be rehearsed, discussed and performed, and students will also work on vocal technique, basic theory, singing in various languages and performing several a cappella pieces to practice proper intonation.  Dress rehearsals, all performances, and concert dress are required.
  • Concert Choir 2

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 10, 11, 12

    Concert Choir is a mixed choral ensemble. A variety of musical styles and periods will be rehearsed, discussed and performed, and students will also work on vocal technique, basic theory, singing in various languages and performing several a cappella pieces to practice proper intonation.  Dress rehearsals, all performances, and concert dress are required.
  • Concert Choir 3

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 11, 12
     
    Concert Choir is a mixed choral ensemble. A variety of musical styles and periods will be rehearsed, discussed and performed, and students will also work on vocal technique, basic theory, singing in various languages and performing several a cappella pieces to practice proper intonation.  Dress rehearsals, all performances, and concert dress are required.
  • Concert Choir 4

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 12

    Concert Choir is a mixed choral ensemble. A variety of musical styles and periods will be rehearsed, discussed and performed, and students will also work on vocal technique, basic theory, singing in various languages and performing several a cappella pieces to practice proper intonation.  Dress rehearsals, all performances, and concert dress are required. 
  • Music Studio

    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    Open to 9, 10, 11 and 12

    This is a course in the creation and analysis of music through the application of technology. Learn how to compose, sample and analyze music through self-directed projects. Share music through podcasts, homemade music videos, and more. No prior musical training in required.
  • Chamber Ensemble

    2 semesters,1 credit
    Open to 9, 10, 11, 12
    Taught at Brother Rice

    Scheduled class daily. This select group will perform a wide variety of music, including original pieces composed by its members as well as the standard repertoire and contemporary music. The group will perform at special events.
  • Concert Band

    2 semesters, 1 credit, No audition necessary.
    Open to 9, 10, 11, 12
    Taught at Brother Rice
     
    Scheduled class daily. The concert band course is open to all students. One year or more experience is required. The student will study and perform a wide variety of literature in many musical styles.  The concert band performs for the Christmas, Mid-Winter and Spring concerts, and may participate in festival competition.
     
  • Jazz Band

    2 semesters, 1/2 credit, No audition necessary
    Open to 9, 10, 11, 12

    This ensemble performs at Christmas, Mid-Winter, Spring concerts and special events. Each member will be responsible for combining with the Pep Band for a number of athletic events which will be determined by the circumstances and number of students available. This group performs a mixture of jazz standards and classic rock. Meets before school (7:00-7:50a.m.) twice a week.
  • Pep Band

    2 semesters, 1/2 credit, No audition necessary.
    Open to 9, 10, 11, 12

    This ensemble performs at select Brother Rice home football games; home basketball and hockey games. This group performs spirit songs for the purpose of supporting and enhancing school spirit at athletic events. Some events will be student directed. Meets before school (7:00-7:50 a.m.) once a week.
  • Precision Drill Team

    1/2 credit, No audition necessary
    Open to 9, 10, 11, 12

    Elite group of percussionists, wind players and drill squad to perform high quality march formation and precision drills at special events. Outfitted for marching with the goal of enhancing school spirit and raise the visibility of artistic endeavors. Group will meet at specially scheduled times to accommodate the needs of its individual members. Approval of Band Instructor.
    Full year commitment for special events.

    Note: This course may be selected with a full academic load as it will meet at specially scheduled times.
     

List of 4 members.

  • Stacey Cushman 

    Department Chair
    BS - Central Michigan University
    MA - Madonna University
  • Amy Blevins 

    BM - Oakland University
  • Kelly Davis 

    BA - Wayne State University
    MA - University of Southern California
  • Teresa Moss 

    BA - Michigan State University
    MAT - University of Michigan

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Marian High School, an IHM sponsored school, is fully accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement.
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