The Fine Arts department is committed to the promotion, appreciation and development of the Arts.
The Fine Arts teach the students creativity, cultural diversity and the humanities. We are committed to the education of the whole child and in cultivating the growth and development of their talents and abilities. Students become more visually literate, and develop a stronger appreciation of both the performing and visual arts through participation and experience. Student art is promoted through school displays, concerts, art contests, performances, and presentations.
Students will be able to Evaluate and provide a scholarly critique about a musical piece that includes the beauty, heart and soul of the piece.(Grad at Grad: Excellence in Education, Respect for All Persons, Participation within Inclusive Community)
Critically evaluate the effectiveness of musical works and performances on the basis of aesthetic qualities, technical excellence, musicality, or convincing expression of feelings and ideas related to cultural and ideological associations
Develop a framework for making informed personal musical choices, and utilize that framework in the making and defending of musical choices
Demonstrate a nuanced understanding of aesthetics in music, appropriate to the particular features of given styles and genres, as it relates to the human experience in music
Know the place of each of the participants in the performance environment and practice appropriate audience participation; recognize the place and importance of music in life
Students will be able to demonstrate that human thought and emotion are expressed through music and performance as a result of knowledge and skills gained through the study of music.(Grad at Grad: Excellence in Education, Respect for All Persons, Participation within Inclusive Community)
Demonstrate the expressive elements of music through voice, musical instruments, and electronic tools
Perform music with appropriate technique, level of expression and difficulty through sight reading and prepared performance
Demonstrate the processes of development of musical literature from rehearsal to performance, both individually and within ensembles
Students will be able to apply the creative process in character development and script improvisation.(Grad at Grad: Excellence in Education, Respect for All Persons, Participation within Inclusive Community)
Express themselves through their minds, bodies, voices, emotions and sense of artistry in all areas of theater learning
Connect and transfer their knowledge creatively to the other arts and disciplines within theater
Demonstrate group understanding of expression, imagination, and appreciation in theater learning
Students will be able to communicate meaning during performances in order to engage an audience.(Grad at Grad: Excellence in Education, Respect for All Persons, Concern for the Poor and Social Justice, Participation within Inclusive Community)
Utilize the actor’s instrument of mind, body and voice during performances
Memorize and emote the dialogue accurately according to the script
Demonstrate the staging and blocking necessary within the performed work
Students will be able to recognize and use the visual arts as a form of communication.(Grad at Grad: Faith in the Presence of God, Excellence in Education, Respect for All Persons, Participation within Inclusive Community)
Analyze and evaluate the characteristics, merits, and meaning of works of art.
Use the language of art to critique works of art both verbally and written throughout history, their own works of art and that of their peers
Understand and use the 4 step process in critiquing works of art
Tom Brotherson joined Mullen’s Fine Art department in 2016. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2002. He has worked as an art teacher for over a decade for Douglas County and Adams Twelve school districts. Tom has worked as a graphic designer, contributing to multinational marketing campaigns, text books , and feature films. In his free time, Tom enjoys camping and skiing with his wife, Megan and their two children, Luke and Elena.
firstname.lastname@example.org BA in Music Education & BA in Piano Performance, Adams State University MA in Instrumental Conducting, American Band College at Southern Oregon University
Before starting her career at Mullen in 2016, Heather Davis taught music in Denver at KCAA, subbed in Littleton schools, and spent 7 years at Regis Jesuit Boys Division. A born and raised Coloradan, she has been a parishioner at St. Mary Littleton since she was five years old and now works there as a pianist, singer and director of the Children's Choir on the weekends. Heather is also a Girl Scout leader of a group of 9th and 10th grade girls from the Littleton and Highlands Ranch area. During her "spare" time, Heather enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, Aisling and Cuinn. As assistant director of the Drumline after school, she enjoys being able to reconnect with the style of music and camaraderie that directed her towards a career in teaching music.
Mikaela has been teaching at Mullen High School since 2015. Before moving to the Denver area, she taught, English, ESL, Theatre, and Stage Tech and was a Gifted and Talented specialist near Greeley, Colorado, her hometown. She is also a company member of Colorado Dance Theatre and works as a choreographer in its feeding school, Northern Colorado Academy of Dance Arts. Outside of work, Mikaela enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her husband, Matt; daughter, Tiana; and son, Malakhi.
Ebie Panozzo joined the Mullen community in 2015 as the theatre director and teacher. Prior to teaching at Mullen she taught and directed at Colorado Acts with their home school group. She and her husband John have 3 daughters, Corin (Class of 2013), Andie (Class of 2015), and Avery (Class of 2021). When not in rehearsals, she enjoys watching her daughter play softball, movies, hiking, theatre, reading, and spending time with her husband and daughters.
Erin Reiner is joining Mullen’s Fine Art department starting in the fall of 2020. She is a Colorado native who grew up in Littleton and after earning her college degree at UNC lived and taught in Missouri, Texas, Florida, and Connecticut before returning to Colorado and Jeffco Public schools in fall of 2009. In those years, Erin has become both a consultant for the College Board in Advanced Placement Art History and has spent the last four years as a question leader for the AP Art History exam. When not reading new art history text materials, photographing weddings and events or selling ceramics and felted art, she enjoys working in her garden with her dog and three chickens.
Tyler Ritt joined the Mullen high school staff in the Fall of 2018. He is a teacher in the fine arts department. While not teaching ceramics, AP art, and Art 1, he enjoys backpacking, rock climbing, skiing, and many other artistic exploits.
Heidi brings nearly 20 years of experience as an educator to the Mullen team. She has worked in the Littleton, Cherry Creek and Aurora Public School Districts teaching Social Studies and English. At North Middle School in Aurora, Heidi was in charge of creating and teaching the Reading Intervention curriculum to students two to eight years below grade level in reading. Students averaged nearly 3 years of growth per six months in the class. Heidi also had the pleasure of being the Director of Education at the Molly Brown House Museum in downtown Denver for 7 years. She and her husband, Mike, have coached high school Speech and Debate together for 10 years, with the past 2 years at Mullen. They have coached multiple State Champions and National qualifiers. They have 2 sons, David and Daniel. David recently graduated from Colorado College and is currently working there in the Dean's Office. Daniel is beginning his first year at Hastings College in Nebraska.
This YEAR LONG Advanced Placement® Program in Studio Art: 2-D Design is a performance based visual exam. Each student develops and submits a portfolio that serves as a direct demonstration of achievement. This course is designed for the serious art student who plans to possibly major in art at the college level. Students will work at a college level, and will be required to spend extensive time outside the classroom to work on their portfolios and do research in art history during each trimester
This course is designed to be equivalent to the introductory college course in art history, focusing on architecture, sculpture, painting, and other art forms within historical and cultural contexts. Students will be examining major artworks from prehistoric times through modern day with inclusion of a variety of cultures across the world. This course culminates in the taking of the AP® exam in May, where students may earn college credit for the course. The student of this course will introduce the discipline of art history and gain an understanding of the mechanisms of the field. visually "read" and understand a work of art, focusing on formal qualities, the content of the work, the context of the work as well as the function, recognize major movements and understand the cultural dimensions and impact art has on human affairs, associate individual works of art/artists within major art movements, develop informed opinions, establish claims and lines of reasoning and support in response to works of art, and write informed, intelligent analysis of artworks and provide visual and contextual evidence supporting their opinions. This course is three trimesters.
This class will introduce the elements of art and the principles of design. Students will build skills in drawing, painting, and 2- dimensional design. Media such as pencil, charcoal, ink, pastel, acrylic, and watercolor will be utilized. An introduction to art history is included. One hour of homework per week will be required.
This class will build on the skills learned in Art I. Students will work with a greater variety of media using the elements of art and principles of design. Value, shape, form, proportion, scale, and perspective will be emphasized and students will be encouraged to develop their own style in their work. Three-dimensional design will be introduced. Students will study applicable works of art throughout history. Approximately two hours of homework per week will be required.
Students will learn the stages of clay, different clay bodies, and a general history of ceramics. This course is an introduction to ceramics. Students will apply the elements and principles of design while creating three dimensional works of art. Students will learn and demonstrate the proper use of tools and equipment. Students will learn and demonstrate hand building techniques, and throwing techniques. Students will create three dimensional forms including but not limited to pinch pots/builds, coil pots/builds slab pots/builds, wheel thrown pots/vessels.
This course is will expand on skills and techniques learned in Ceramics I. Students will apply the elements and principles of design as well as basic ceramics skills while creating three dimensional works of art. Students will learn and demonstrate advanced use of tools and equipment. Students will learn and demonstrate precision throwing techniques and create functional pottery
This is a performance based class for those instrumentalists of all levels who play a standard band instrument from one of the following groups: Woodwinds, (flute, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, oboe); Brass (trumpet, French Horn, baritone, trombone, tuba); Percussion. The ensemble is open to piano, guitar and bass players as long as they have instructor approval. The band will emphasize playing together in both small and large ensembles while growing in technique, intonation, tone, music theory, sight reading, improvisation, style, dynamics, and articulation. The group will rehearse a variety of styles of music and will perform at different times throughout the tri, including competitions, concerts, and service trips. This class may be taken multiple times for credit.
This course will present a concise history of film as an art form. Students will study classic films and create their own short films. Students will learn and apply video effects and edited techniques.
This course is an introduction to the use of a digital platform to explore the principles, elements, and theories of design. Students will be exposed to a variety of software programs as they create a wide range of design-based projects. Projects will include animation, illustration, and logo design.
The main objective of this course is to create an enhanced appreciation for music through playing the guitar. This is a one trimester course covering the basics of the instrument and an application of essential music fundamentals. Students will learn or review the basics of playing guitar at a beginning level through studying music notation, chord symbols, and peer modeling. Exploration of the history of the guitar along with a study of its respective musical styles and genres (classical,liturgical, blues, jazz, rock, and pop music) will guide the final concert. This class may be taken multiple times for credit.
The Mullen Singers is a male and female choral group, open to all students who enjoy music and like to sing. Students will work on developing and improving vocal technique, breathing, tone production, note reading, and interpretation. Students will work with the ensemble to blend voices and create a unified sound while rehearsing and performing various styles of music, both sacred and secular, accompanied and a cappella, in unison and 2-, 3-, and 4-part harmony. Performances occur throughout the trimester and participation in those events is required. The class may be taken multiple times for credit.
This trimester long course gives students an opportunity to rehearse, perform, direct and choreograph/stage various scenes from the musical theatre genre. In addition to performance, students will learn the historical and cultural significance of various musicals on society of the time along with its impact on modern productions. Students will achieve a professional and personal understanding of the arts through rehearsals, auditions, performances and presentations.
This class will further explore color theory and the painted surface. The primary media will be watercolor, acrylic, and pastels. Students will be shown various painting techniques and will be encouraged to develop their own style. One to two hours of homework per week will be required.
This course is for students who wish to learn about black and white photography. Students will learn how to operate a 35mm camera, develop their own film, and make enlargements from negatives. Students will be introduced to the history of photography as an art form. Students must use their own 35mm manual camera. A final portfolio will be required. One to three hours of homework required.
This class will emphasize more technical skills, which will allow the students to express their individual creativity. Students taking 955 Photography B enjoy photography enough that they are willing to put in extra time to ensure success. Students must use their own 35mm manual camera. A final portfolio will be required. One to three hours of homework required.
This is a trimester long, performance-based class open to students of all levels and music abilities. Students will learn basic music theory and rhythm, history and cultural significance of percussion along with how to compose using the items found in the world around us. This class involves physical movement, creativity, loud noise and jam sessions. Performance in the trimester end concert is part of the final. The class may be taken multiple times for credit.
This course is open to students of all levels of musical ability and instrument background. Students will explore the music around them through the creation and adaptation of new music in various styles and genres, anywhere from commercial jingles to pop songs or classical-style movie scores to jazz improvisation. Most focus will be on using technology, the guitar, piano, and voice. The final project will be include an original composition along with its album cover art and basic marketing materials.
This course will emphasize essential content analysis, writing, and speaking skills that establish the foundation for developing, organizing, and presenting informative and persuasive speeches. Students may select one of two tracks for additional study: literary analysis or research and argumentation. Those who focus on literary analysis will examine various works and identify pieces suitable for performance. Those who focus on research and argumentation will learn the fundamentals of debate with a focus on understanding the claim-warrant-impact model of argumentation and writing. All students will prepare outlines and formal presentations.
Stage Acting is an introduction to acting in a theatre setting. The class is broken up into three units: Shakespeare monologues, Chekhov scenes and modern scenes. Through warm-ups, acting exercises, readings, and scene work in different genres, students will develop acting skills and a working theatre vocabulary. By the end of the class, students will compile an acting portfolio.
This course will focus on the production of the school annual, Hoofbeats. Class includes copy writing, layout, photography, business and organizational skills. Some evening and weekend work is required.