A Catholic Girls School in the Benedictine Tradition

Fine Arts

St. Scholastica Academy recognizes that the arts are fundamental and vital to education, personal development, and the quality of life. A strong art component is part of a holistic educational approach that connects us with humanity and integrates the senses, emotions, and critical thinking. Art is a universal form of communication that touches us at a basic level, unlike any other form of communication. Before there was writing and schools, there was art, and it was an integral part of life. The arts are the physical and intellectual remains of past civilizations. Art is not only an end in itself but stimulates, develops, and promotes:
  • critical, creative, conceptual, abstract and imaginative thinking and problem solving
  • deductive reasoning
  • flexibility while broadening one's horizons
  • analysis, interpretation, criticism, evaluation, and questioning
  • a striving for excellence, self-esteem, self-motivation, and self-discipline.
St. Scholastica Academy continues to be committed to a strong discipline-based art program. All Studio classes exhibit their work during the Covington Coordinated Art Opening in the fall and spring, as well as the Catholic Schools Week displays in the New Orleans area.
INTRODUCTION TO FILM - 8th Grade - Required - ½ credit
The purpose of this course is to enhance the God given artistic talents of our young ladies. The students will learn about Joseph Campbell’s "Hero’s Journey Monomyth” and how it applies to story structures in literature, mythology, and movies. The students will learn the pre-production, filming, and post production techniques of creating a high quality digital video on their iPads. The students will learn the language and techniques used by professional videographers. Through effective cooperative learning practices the students will develop their skills and prepare them for future class assignments during their years at SSA. The focus of this class is to prepare students for future ELA classes and video related projects.

MUSIC APPRECIATION - 8th Graders - Required - ½ credit
This course will be divided into two sections of learning.  Classes are structured in performance and lecture based with student-centered lectures.  Lectures will include two overviews of music history and theory.  Students will be exposed to musical composers and contemporary artists and their music through class lectures, listening to musical examples in class, engaging in class discussions and completing class presentations.  The performance section of the class will include singing, producing music theatre scene work, and learning the basic technical side of music theatre.

STUDIO ART - 8th grade - Required - ½ credit
Studio Art is a nine week hands-on sampling of art-making experiences designed to introduce eighth grade students to different art media techniques and vocabulary.  Emphasis is placed on the development of perception, drawing skills and creative thinking. This course introduces the students to the critique process.

ART I - Freshmen / Sophomores / Juniors / Seniors - Elective - 1 credit
Art I is a beginning drawing and painting course with some emphasis on three-dimensional art. Major areas of study include: use of media, technical skills, design elements, one point perspective, beginning color theory, and an introduction to the portrait. This course builds upon and further develops basic skills learned in eighth grade Studio Art. Students exhibit their art in the Covington fall and spring community art nights.

ART II - Prerequisite: Art I - Sophomores / Juniors / Seniors - Elective - 1 credit
Art II is an intermediate drawing, painting, design and color theory course with some emphasis on three-dimensional art. This course builds on skills and concepts learned in Art I and emphasizes observation, design elements and the critique process. Students work with a variety of materials including pencil, charcoal, India ink, pastels, and acrylics. Three-dimensional materials may include paper-mache, wire, plaster, clay and wood. The students participate in oral and written critiques. Students exhibit their art in the Covington fall and spring community art nights.

ART III - Prerequisite: Art II - Juniors / Seniors - Elective - 1 credit   Note: Students must have art department approval to enroll in this course.
Art III is an advanced drawing, painting, design and color theory course with some emphasis on three- dimensional art. This course builds on skills and concepts learned in Art II and encourages the student to create a portfolio of work for college entrance and /or scholarships. The course emphasizes observation, design elements, careers in art and the critique process. The class works from life, studies the figure, and how to build and stretch a canvas. Students work with a variety of materials and have choices in approaches to problems to encourage critical thinking and to create a body of work that has personal meaning and illustrates individual style. Students participate in oral and written critiques and exhibit their art in the Covington fall and spring community art nights.

ART IV - Prerequisite: Art III - Juniors / Seniors - Elective- 1 credit   Note: Students must have art department approval to enroll in this course.
This course is designed to allow advanced art students to explore and develop their own knowledge of art and art making through class projects and critiques, individual portfolio development, and participation in local art exhibits and the arts community. Students will be given some independence in their choices of projects, media, and approaches. Students exhibit their art in the Covington fall and spring community art nights.

ART V - Prerequisite: Art IV - Seniors - Elective- 1 credit    Note: Students must have art department approval to enroll in this course.
This course is designed to allow advanced art students to explore and develop their own knowledge of art and art making through class projects and critiques, individual portfolio development, and participation in local art exhibits and the arts community. Students will be given some independence in their choices of projects, media, and approaches. Students exhibit their art in the Covington fall and spring community art nights.

FINE ARTS SURVEY - Juniors - Required - 1 credit
The art history survey course deals predominantly with Western art and architecture from prehistory to the present. The course shows how art and architecture are influenced by the period in which they are made. A vocabulary of art terms, design elements, material and techniques are also stressed.

ART HISTORY AP (H) - Juniors - Fulfills Fine Arts requirement; students must be in the honors curriculum to register for this course - 1 credit
This course is a chronological survey of art from the Western tradition including painting, sculpture and architecture from Prehistory to Postmodernism. Selected works from a variety of cultures beyond the European tradition (including India, China, Japan, and Africa) will also be studied according to characteristics and media specific to the culture and concepts that unite these diverse works with the Western tradition. There will be an emphasis placed on the study of artworks within the context of the culture and time period in which they were created. Students will develop visual analysis, thinking, and writing skills necessary for recognizing and analyzing artworks. Formal analysis strategies utilizing the elements of art and principles of design will be learned and applied to works of art. Students will be introduced to the iconographic and interpretive study of subject matter, signs and symbols and how they create meaning in works of art. This course is designed according to the recommendations given by the College Board in preparation for the A.P. Art History Exam.

CHOIR (Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced) - Elective - 1 credit
Choir is presented to students of grades 9 -12 whose vocal talents range from beginning to advanced. No choir experience is required for this course. The SSA Choir offers to all students the opportunity to participate in the choral program through large and small ensembles as well as the study and performance of the varying styles of choral, theatre, and contemporary music. Improving each student’s vocal technique, musicianship, staging capabilities and talents are the focal points of the class. Learning to sing and perform in a group ensemble will increase vocal skills, stage proficiency and confidence.

GLEE CLUB - Freshmen / Sophomores / Juniors / Seniors - Elective - 1 credit
Students in the Glee Club will develop their singing and dance technique and learn how to work in an ensemble to create harmonies. Through work as solo, small group, and ensemble performers, they will develop a unique interpretation of a variety of songs and learn how to command the stage by drawing on theatre skills.  Students will be required to attend all Glee competitions including:  invitationals, sectionals, regionals, and if applicable, finals.  Performances may also include one to two yearly concerts and performances at various sporting events.

DIGITAL MEDIA I - Freshman /Sophomores / Juniors / Seniors - Elective - 1 credit
This course is a project-based course that allows students to creatively express themselves through digital, still and motion video and other newly emerging forms of digital media and animation. The students will learn the pre- production, production, and post production techniques of creating a high quality digital video. Students will study video technologies, basic equipment operation, video composition, basic lighting and audio, production, planning and visual storytelling. Through effective cooperative learning practices, the student will produce video projects of high production value.

DIGITAL MEDIA II - Sophomores /Juniors / Seniors - Elective - 1 credit
This course is a continuation of Digital Media I, expanding upon students’ abilities relating to digital video production. Students will enhance skills learned in Digital Media I and produce a single semester long project or multiple smaller projects. All editing will be done using Final Cut Pro software. Students may also explore projects in 2D and 3D animation. Students may work alone or in small collaborative teams. The goal for the student will be to enter their production in a local movie festival.

MUSIC APPRECIATION DE - Juniors / Seniors - Elective - 1 credit
Students will be offered dual enrollment with Southeastern Louisiana University to obtain their art credit of Music Appreciation.  This course is designed to increase the response to music through a knowledge of the art and development of perceptive listening skills. Opportunities provided to attend concerts and recitals.

ORCHESTRA - Freshmen / Sophomores / Juniors / Seniors - Elective - 1 credit
Educational emphasis is placed on the advancement of instrumental technique, further development of music reading and comprehension skills, independent musicianship, style, and a deeper understanding of small group ensemble music, and orchestral literature.  Literature will contain both Classical and Popular music. Students will perform both in small group ensemble projects and as a large group. Symphony Orchestra will perform outside of class on a regular basis including 2 concerts.

THEATRE I - Freshmen / Sophomores / Juniors / Seniors - 1 credit
This course offers an introduction to theatre, theatre history and terms, technical theatre and directing, voice and movement. Practical experience in acting, costuming, make-up, lighting, lighting design, properties, set design and construction, and full stage direction will be offered to each student.

VISUAL ART - Prerequisites: Art I and Art II- Juniors / Seniors - Elective - 1 credit
This course is an introductory class in digital photography, digital art, and graphic design. Emphasis will be placed on the student exploring various compositional problems associated with digital and graphic design. Concepts ranging from"using the camera’s viewfinder” to manipulating pictures/artworks with Adobe Creative Suite will be covered. The visual art course will build upon and further develop the skills learned in Art I and Art II. This course involves more freedom of choice in using a variety of art media, themes, and techniques to further develop creative expression. Students exhibit their art in the Covington fall and spring community art nights.

YEARBOOK I / II - Sophomores / Juniors / Seniors - Elective - 1 credit
The Yearbook course is designed for the student who wants an in-depth experience in the production of a yearbook. It is designed to provide students the opportunity to work with advanced technology, strengthen their problem-solving skills, improve their communication skills, and manage responsibility. Students receive guided instruction in the fundamentals of photo composition skills, graphic design and page layout, editing, photography and organizational skills necessary to produce the yearbook, as well as guided practice in the areas of responsibility necessary for the production of the book. They will learn the process of editing and publishing with Adobe Indesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. Students also develop their abilities to work as a team as they produce the yearbook. The aim of the class is for student staffers to be responsible for every aspect of production, including planning themes, designing covers and end-sheets, planning the ladder, designing dividers, interviewing, researching, writing articles, writing headlines and captions, taking pictures, and designing pages.
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St. Scholastica Academy is a Catholic, all-girls, college-preparatory high school located in Covington, Louisiana. Founded in 1903, SSA perpetuates the Benedictine tradition of balancing prayer, work, study, and community in developing adolescent girls into Christian women grounded in the Gospel values of the Catholic faith.
St. Scholastica Academy is a Catholic girls high school of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. As such it admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities available to students at its schools. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.