FINE ARTSOf the many strong fine arts programs that Westside has to offer, only three of those programs are considered Magnet: Technical Theatre, Computer Animation, and Digital Photography. Of course, any Magnet student can participate in the other fine arts programs in addition to their Magnet courses. In fact all students are required to take at least one fine arts class for graduation. Many Westside students take a fine arts course each year in addition to the Magnet program
Digital Photography Program Information
In the Digital Photography Magnet Program, technology and art combine and allow the students to see the world through a different lens. In the sophomore year, students learn how to take proper photos using the manual settings on the D-SLRs, and the essential elements of photography. In the spring, semester students start utilizing the CS3 Suite, and work on the final project, which is stop-motion animation. In the upper level Digital Photography courses, the students work on more conceptual ideas while refining their basic elemental skills. These courses are also available at the Pre-Advanced Placement (AP)/AP levels.
Students in this strand compete at the Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE) as well as some other local competitions. Students have also shown their works at both Bayou City Art Festivals (twice a year), which is a huge honor. Westside has also had photography students show work at the University of Houston Downtown O’Kane Gallery, and the Contemporary Arts Museum.
In Technical Theatre, students will learn the many technical skills necessary to stage a theatrical show. Students will work with basic set building techniques, lighting and sound concepts, costume construction skills, basic stage makeup techniques, as well as learning how the production staff controls the flow and personnel of each production. In Advanced Technical Theatre, students will have a hands on experience with computer generated stage and lighting design. These students will also build the sets, design the costumes and manufacture the electrics (lighting, sound and electrical special effects equipment) for the 14 performances held here at Westside High School annually.
FOUR YEAR PLAN
FINE ARTS STRAND
Geometry/ Algebra II
U S History
AP Science/Elective Science
Art1 or Theatre Tech 1
Professional Communications* /Principles of AATC And Pre-AP Art I
Digital Photography 1
Digital Photography 2
Digital Photography 3
Professional Communications* /Principles of AATC
Theater Tech 2
Theater Tech 3
Theater Tech 4
*Counts as Speech Credit
Students who complete the four year plan as listed will earn the required 1.0 credit of fine arts credit through Technical Theatre.
Students who complete the four year plan as listed, will earn the required 1.0 credit of fine arts credit through Art 1. It is a course that must be taken prior to entering the sophomore year and taking Art 2 – Digital Photography.
Required electives are dependent upon the year the student started high school. To see the graduation requirements, please click here.
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