Through improvisation, you will explore your creative expression and learn to release your inhibitions. Poetry, rap, and storytelling helps you to develop language fluency and confidence. You will read, examine, and perform monologues and short scenes from a wide range of theatrical work. Throughout the rehearsal process, you develop theater technique and understanding of blocking and staging. Your work culminates with a performance presentation of work studied in class. Available as a one or two-semester course.
In this year-long course, you will develop the skills necessary for all of the technical aspects of theater. This includes set design and construction, lighting design and operation, prop-making and design, sound, and stage management. You will apply your skills by being instrumental in the design and construction of the fall and spring productions. This is a project-based course, which will give you a greater understanding of the range of talents required to produce a theatrical production. You will see tangible and concrete results through the application of your work, use problem-solving skills and collaborate with the class and the performers on capstone shows for the CATS community.
Acting for Film
In this one-semester course, you will develop skills needed for film and TV acting while learning about the industry and the standard expectations relating to casting and performance. You will critically assess the performances of fellow and celebrity actors and you will develop and create your own acting video audition piece. Upon leaving the class, you will have built a solid repertoire, developed your acting skills and have an audition reel which you can show to prospective colleges.
Chorus: Voices on!
Throughout this year-long course, you will discover your inner singing voice through exploring a full range of vocal styles and genres, from classical to contemporary pop. You develop your vocal skills and technique, including vocal range, breath and singing in harmony. You also further expand your language skills by singing in a number of different languages. The chorus performs for school events as well as outside of school in choral festivals with other schools and community service opportunities.
Introduction to Keyboard
During this year-long course, you will become musically literate, through hands-on experience sight-singing, ear-training, and note-reading, as well as learning to read in clefs. Through applied music skills and developing musical technique, you will become proficient in playing with two hands together and chord reading. You will also learn about the great composers and you will develop musical terminology and vocabulary through listening and analysis.
The Intermediate Keyboard course is a year-long course and is designed for students who are keyboard literate and are working on intermediate piano literature. The teacher will assign repertoire on an individual basis, according to your level. You will be able to choose pieces that interest you and will work on a wide range of music in order to further develop your musical skills. You will be assessed regularly and there are solo and ensemble performance opportunities throughout the year. Prerequisite: Audition by the instructor.
The Advanced Keyboard course is a year-long course and is designed for students who are keyboard literate and are working on either intermediate or advanced piano literature. The teacher assigns repertoire on an individual basis, according to your level. You are able to choose pieces that interest you and will work on a wide range of music in order to develop your musical skills. You are assessed regularly and there are solo and ensemble performance opportunities throughout the year. Prerequisite: Audition by the instructor.
Business of Music
You will explore the backbone of the music industry during this one-semester course, learning about copyright law, band deals, and music promotion. You look at icons within the music industry and how artists rise to fame. The class utilizes social media to promote art and music to the student community and manages a Facebook page — CATS Café. Prerequisites: ESL Level 3 or higher. This is also a CATS Innovation course.
Music Technology & Production
You will learn to compose and produce music using the same programs as used within the music industry. From EDM, to jazz, to rock and roll, you will pick apart many different genres and learn how to recreate some of the greatest hits of all time. The class also teaches composition skills. Prior piano experience is a plus, as much of this class is based around playing the keyboard. Prerequisites: ESL Level 3 or higher. This is a year-long course and also a CATS Innovation course
Throughout this year-long course, you will play in groups with other student instrumentalists, in order to enhance your musicality and study some of the greatest composers in history. This course explores music spanning the past 300 years, covering musical giants from Bach, to Mozart, to Gershwin, and more. There are multiple opportunities for you to display your work to the school with performances throughout the year. Prerequisites: Instrumental Audition and instructor approval.
Studio Art: Introduction to Drawing
Introduction to Drawing can be taken over one or two semesters. It is a studio-based course that introduces students to the visual language of drawing. You will gain exposure to numerous drawing approaches, including ways of structuring the picture plane, creating believable space with linear perspective, modelling form with shading and drawing from observation. Field trips to museums and galleries further your understanding of historic and contemporary art. You will submit a portfolio of your work developed throughout the semester.
Studio Art: Introduction to Painting
The purpose of the course is for you to explore, experiment, and become familiar with the medium of paint; to build skills of observation, and to learn to create form and materiality of simple and complex objects through paint. You will build an understanding of the properties of color, composition, and perspective and develop an understanding of basic design terminology used to express visual ideas and concepts. The course can be taken over one or two semesters.
Studio Art: Advanced Drawing & Painting
Advanced Drawing and Painting is a year-long, studio-based course which gives advanced art students an opportunity to explore the combined visual languages of drawing and painting. You will develop your skills of self-expression through assigned, independent and collaborative projects. You will further your understanding of how to structure the picture plan, create believable space with linear perspective, model form, and understand the properties and materiality of paint. Using a variety of media, you draw and paint from observation and are encouraged to develop your personal voice. You will submit a mid-year and a final portfolio of your work. Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
During this one-semester course, you will learn introductory CAD skills relevant to the drafting, designing and engineering process. You will also learn the basic concepts and processes followed by architectural and industrial design professionals. You will begin by designing a piece of furniture and go on to design virtual objects that will be printed on a 3D printer. You will be introduced to set design for theater and by the end of the class you will have all of the skills necessary to digitally design your 'dream house'.
In this one-semester course, you will learn a survey of printmaking techniques and methods, including monotype, collagraph, relief, screen printing, and photoetching. From painterly prints to linocuts to original designs on tee shirts, you will gain a well-rounded understanding of some of the most popular methods of printmaking. Through these studio processes, you learn how to combine techniques, use the studio equipment, and develop new, original creative content. Your independent, final projects will demonstrate these skills and you will create a suite of prints suitable for inclusion in your college application portfolios.
Introduction to Fashion Design: Reclaimed Material
In this year-long, project-based course you learn fashion design through exploration with reclaimed materials and develop skills in basic construction and design. Units include learning draping techniques using plastic, creating structured paper armour, and designing with color. Each unit ends with critique, where you will practice giving and receiving feedback on your designs. The curriculum interweaves themes from fashion history, beginning with loose, draped Greek and Roman garments, continuing to the tailored clothing of the 19th century. The semester ends with a presentation of your creations in a CATS Academy Fashion Show.
Advanced Fashion: Technology & Marketing
How do clothing companies design and market their products successfully? Can we create clothing that satisfies the needs of our own community? In order to address these two questions, you will learn how to use fashion design software, identify market needs, and develop and advertise your products to the school community. Products include a CATS Academy jacket, 3-D printed jewelry, and wearable electronics. The course includes a trip to the MIT Media Lab to see cutting-edge uses for technology in the sartorial world. Prerequisites: Previous fashion class or instructor approval. This is a one-semester course. It is also a CATS Innovation course.
Advanced Fashion Construction
If you have taken Introduction to Fashion Design, this course gives you the opportunity to develop sewing skills and learn new techniques. You learn French draping, how to alter patterns, when to use a wide range of fabrics, and how to improve your fashion drawing skills. Key projects include developing a portfolio of fashion designs and creating a mini-line for a photo shoot and runway show. Prerequisites: Introduction to Fashion Design or instructor. This is a one-semester course. It is also a CATS Innovation course.
Digital Imaging/Internet Self-Marketing
The purpose of this course is to introduce you to digital art and self-promotion. You utilize computer programs from the Adobe Creative Suite such as Photoshop and Illustrator and class projects will include − photo manipulation, logo design, and webcomic creation. You learn valuable skills in drawing, composition, and design, as well as the importance these have on marketing and product advertising. Your work will be self-promoted through social media, web forums, and other internet outlets. This is a one-semester course offered over both semesters. It is also a CATS Innovation course.
In this one-semester course, you will learn basic film production skills, such as looking at how to develop a storyline, recording an event, or promoting an idea using the media of film. You will edit your films using the Adobe Creative Suite/ Final Cut Pro system. Film students will work with the Acting for Film class on a collaborative project, producing a student acted, directed, shot and edited movie. The movie will be shared with the school community via social media. This will also provide you with material for your college portfolios.
Photography: Digital & Darkroom
On this one-semester course, you will learn basic skills in composition, design and light manipulation, which will be used to enhance your images. You will also learn the principles of digital photography by using the Adobe Creative Suite. Additionally, you will learn how to develop photos shot on film in a dark room. The course will culminate with a group student photography exhibit.
You will create visual narratives accompanied by a written storyline. You will use traditional materials such as ink and pencil to develop images and have access to the Adobe Creative Suite for producing digital images for your narratives. You develop creative writing, digital design, composition, fine art drawing and painting skills while exploring the art of storytelling. Student works will be posted and viewed on social media. This is a one-semester course offered over both semesters. It is also a CATS Innovation course
AP Studio Art: 2D Design
Through studio practice, application of design concepts, and informed decision-making, you will assemble a body of artwork that demonstrates a high level of quality. You develop mastery of concept, composition, and execution. All students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art will be expected to submit a portfolio to the College Board containing a minimum of 24 works for grading and possible college credit. This is a year-long, Advanced Placement course Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
AP Studio Art: Drawing
Through studio practice, application of design concepts, and informed decision-making, you will assemble a body of artwork that demonstrates a high level of quality. You develop mastery of concept, composition, and execution. All students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art are expected to submit a portfolio containing a minimum of 24 works to the College Board for grading and possible college credit. This is a year-long Advanced Placement course. Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
AP Art History
The year-long, Advanced Placement (AP) Art History course will enable you to probe art’s formal and cultural past from prehistoric times through the present day. You will learn to critically analyze a variety of media, from painting to photography to performance art. You will not only learn to write about art but keep a sketchbook in order to explore different styles and techniques through hands-on assignments. The class makes frequent visits to art museums and galleries in the area. You will leave with a new understanding of the importance of art as a universal human phenomenon. Prerequisite: ESL Level 5.