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Fine Arts

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.  
 

Essential Outcomes

Music

List of 4 items.

  • Aesthetic Valuation of Music

    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) 
    Students will: 
    1. 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
    2. Develop a framework for making informed personal musical choices, and utilize that framework in the making and defending of musical choices
    3. 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
    4. 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
  • Creation of Music

    ​Students will be able to Create music through the synthesis of learned skills in composition, improvisation and arrangement. (Grad at Grad: Excellence in Education) 
    Students will: 
    1. Create music through writing music, fashioning new music from an existing piece of music, or forming an entirely new piece of music.
    2. Create original music by composing and/or arranging what is heard or envisioned, in notated or non­notated form, with or without the use of music technology,and technical understanding
    3. Display instrumental or vocal improvisation skills by performing extemporaneously what is created in the mind
  • Expression of Music

    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) 
    Students will: 
    1. Demonstrate the expressive elements of music through voice, musical instruments, and electronic tools
    2. Perform music with appropriate technique, level of expression and difficulty through sight reading and prepared performance
    3. Demonstrate the processes of development of musical literature from rehearsal to performance, both individually and within ensembles
  • Theory of Music

    Students will be able to Understand the distinctive language, conventions, mechanics, and structure of organized sound. (Grad at Grad: Excellence in Education, Participation within Inclusive Community) 
    Students will: 
    1. Read and employ the language and vocabulary of music in discussing musical examples and writing in all its aspects
    2. Demonstrate melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic aural skills through identification, transcription, and vocalization or instrumental playback of aural musical examples

Theater

List of 3 items.

  • Create

    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) 
    Students will:  
    1. Express themselves through their minds, bodies, voices, emotions and sense of artistry in all areas of theater learning
    2. Connect and transfer their knowledge creatively to the other arts and disciplines within theater
    3. Demonstrate group understanding of expression, imagination, and appreciation in theater learning
  • Performance

    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) 
    Students will: 
    1. Utilize the actor’s instrument of mind, body and voice during performances
    2. Memorize and emote the dialogue accurately according to the script
    3. Demonstrate the staging and blocking necessary within the performed work
  • Critically Respond

    Students will be able to Analyze and evaluate the elements of drama. (Grad at Grad: Excellence in Education, Respect for All Persons, Participation within Inclusive Community) 
    Students will: 
    1. Use critical thinking and inquiry to advance their skills in all areas of theater learning
    2. Judge and develop critical insights through the language of the theater

Visual Arts

List of 4 items.

  • Communication and Analysis

    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) 
    Students will: 
    1. Analyze and evaluate the characteristics, merits, and meaning of works of art.
    2. 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
    3. Understand and use the 4 step process in critiquing works of art
  • Application

    Students will be able to Understand and apply the elements of art and principles of design, and sensory and expressive features of the visual arts. (Grad at Grad: Excellence in Education) 
    Students will: 
    1. Recognize and use the elements of art to create a visually expressive composition
    2. Recognize and use the principles of design to create a visually expressive composition
    3. Understand the aesthetic theories and qualities in a work of art
  • Process / Technique

    Students will be able to Apply visual visual arts materials, tools, techniques, and processes. (Grad at Grad: Excellence in Education) 
    Students will: 
    1. Use different art mediums and media to create works of art
    2. Improve use and knowledge of techniques and processes
  • History and Culture

    Students will be able to Relate the visual arts to various historical and cultural traditions. (Grad at Grad: Faith in the Presence of God, Excellence in Education) 
    Students will: 
    1. Evaluate significant works of art and communicate through verbal discussions and written critiques why they are successful
    2. Demonstrate how artists have used the visual arts to communicate and preserve history visually from prehistoric time to the present

Faculty

List of 6 items.

  • Judy McCarty

    Department Chair
    BFA Art Education, University of Northern Colorado
    judy.mccarty@mullenhigh.com
    Bio
  • Tom Brotherson

    tom.brotherson@mullenhigh.com
    BFA, Art History / Art Education, Metropolitan State Universtiy of Denver 

    Bio
  • Heather Davis

    heather.davis@mullenhigh.com
    BA in Music Education & BA in Piano Performance, 
    Adams State University
    MA in Instrumental Conducting, American Band College at Southern Oregon University

    Bio
  • Ebie Panozzo

    ebie.panozzo@mullenhigh.com
    BA Theatre Arts, Colorado Mesa University 

    Bio
  • Tyler Ritt

    tyler.ritt@mullenhigh.com
    BFA Illustration, 
    Cleveland Institute of Art
    MA Curriculum and Instruction, University of Denver
    Bio
  • Heidi Trevithick

    heidi.trevithick@mullenhigh.com
    BA History/Political Science, Colorado College 

    Bio

Course Offerings

List of 19 items.

  • AP Studio Art

    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
  • Art I

    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.
  • Art II

    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.
  • Ceramics I

    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.
  • Ceramics II

    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
  • Concert Band

    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.
  • Film: History & Production

    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.
  • Graphic Design

    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.
  • Guitar

    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.
  • Mullen Singers

    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.
  • Musical Theatre

    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.
  • Orchestra

    This is a performance based class for those instrumentalists who play a standard orchestra instrument such as violin, viola, cello or string bass. The orchestra will emphasize playing together as both individuals and as an ensemble 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. The class can be taken multiple times for credit.
  • Painting

    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.
  • Photography A

    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.
  • Photography B

    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.
  • Percussion Ensemble

    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.
  • Songwriting & Music Theory

    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.
  • Speech Communication CP

    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

    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.