Visual and Performing Arts

MCI offers a variety of instruction and training opportunities in the Fine Arts. Visual art, drama, music, and ballet all help to build a sense of community and contribute to understanding and appreciating diverse cultures. Beyond the classroom, students develop their individual talents, participate in performances and displays and compete for regional awards.

Visual Art

Studio Foundations I is a beginning course that investigates a variety of media such as drawing, painting and printmaking through various techniques and subjects. This course will explore perceptual and descriptive possibilities of many artistic forms by exploring color, composition and self-expression. Relationships between the elements and principles of design are used to inspire strong composition and artistic impact. Art appreciation, aesthetics and art history are incorporated into the studio experience. (1/2 credit)

Studio Foundations II is an intermediate course that expands the investigation of drawing, painting and printmaking. The course explores more in-depth techniques and expands more on self-expression through direct observation and artistic interpretation. Students develop further understanding of the relationship between Principles of Design and composition as they explore style, thought and productivity within the context of art history, art appreciation and aesthetics. (1/2 credit) Prerequisite: Studio Foundations I

3D Design introduces the basic methods of 3D design with an emphasis on dimensional form, scale, texture and vision. This course introduces the student to the creative process and concept development. Working with plaster, tape, cardboard, clay and wire, students will be exposed to the materials and techniques involved in three-dimensional design processes. Students will also become familiar with the basic vocabulary associated with three-dimensional design. (1/2 credit) Prerequisite: Studio Foundations I

Ceramics I (preference given to juniors and seniors) is an introduction to some of the basic processes, techniques, tools, and equipment involved in working the medium of clay. Students will create a variety of projects that will address concepts of functionality, aesthetics, and decoration. Some of the skills and vocabulary covered in the class will include: wedging, scoring and slipping, hand building basics (coil, slab, and pinch techniques), wheel throwing, bisque firing, glazing, and more. Drawing and sketching are emphasized as a means of generating ideas and designing projects and students are expected to keep and utilize a sketchbook for the semester. We also study examples of ceramic work from various artists and cultures and consider how they relate to projects we undertake in this class. (1/2 credit) Prerequisite: Studio Foundations I

Ceramics II (preference given to juniors and seniors) (1/2 credit) Prerequisite: Ceramics I

Advanced Art/Dual Enrollment Art is a semester-long course that emphasizes creative thinking and problem solving that leads to the production of a quality portfolio of artwork. Students demonstrate proficiency in developing original ideas through expressive use of media and artistic interpretation of what they see, think and feel. Students will also incorporate a wide range of styles, media and creative expressions as well in a series of in-depth solutions to a visual problem. The creative process is enhanced through art history, art appreciation, aesthetics and critiques. Students are guided individually and in groups during the development and selection of work for their portfolios. This course is available as a dual enrollment course through the University of Maine at Fort Kent. Each semester is worth three college credits. (1/2 credit) Prerequisite: Studio Foundations I and II and instructor approval

Digital Photography explores how to effectively shoot and manipulate digital images. (1/2 credit)

Independent Studio is for students with previous experience in art may take this class to work on individually designed projects. (1/2 credit)

Drama

Technical Theatre provides students with a hands-on approach to stagecraft. Students build sets, learn scenic painting techniques, and create properties, costumes and makeup designs for MCI Drama productions. Students also serve as the run crew for MCI drama productions and learn stage management techniques, as well as lighting and sound design and operation. (1 credit)

Stage and TV Makeup is hands-on semester-long course that covers the basic techniques of theatrical makeup by exploring makeup materials, color and light, and modeling techniques in the development of makeup designs for youth, middle and old age, historical persons, stylized faces, clowns, animals, and fantasy makeup. Through practical application on themselves, students will demonstrate skills and techniques of the various materials presented in the course, build resources and be able to complete character analysis for makeup design and technique. (1/2 credit)

Improv/Story Theatre - I / II is a semester long, activity-oriented course designed to introduce students to the history of masks and masking, the art of clowning, puppetry, pantomime and improvisation. Students will create familiar and original folk, fairy tales, myths or improvisations that will be performed for local elementary and middle schools. This is a performance-based course. (1/2 credit)

Costuming 101 is a beginning course and workshop designed for students who are interested in learning the requirements, process and expectations for costume design. Using various techniques, students will develop designs and costumes through a process of character analysis, script analysis, research, budgeting and director’s vision. Period research, design, and rendering skills will be fostered through practical exercises. Instruction will include: basic costume construction, including drafting and draping, how to use a straight stitch and surge machine. Other techniques offered will be dyeing, fabric selection, draping, flat pattern drafting, pattern manipulation, adaptation, fitting, and alteration. (1/2 credit)

Acting for Musical Theatre explores the history of the American Musical Theater as well as further developing the skills necessary for performing in Musical Theater. Students will develop their acting, movement, and vocal performance techniques through active participation and reflection. Since this is a performance based class, most class periods will be spent in rehearsal mode. At the end of the semester, each student will present a solo and/or duet in our musical juries that will be judged by faculty and professionals from the community. The Musical Theatre course emphasizes fundamentals of acting applied to musical theatre, script, score and character analysis, personalizing your performance, turning a rehearsal into a performance, acting styles in Musical Theatre, audition techniques, basic acting skill and character development, and familiarization with the musical theatre genre. (1/2 credit)

Social Theatre is an interactive exploration of local and global issues affecting today’s high school students. Students will build community, heal divisions and shatter stereotypes through class discussions, guest speakers, videos and selected play readings. A few topics to be discussed: bullying, cyber bullying, acceptance, risk-taking, school violence and discrimination. This class is open to students and grades 10 and above. (1/2 credit)

Festival Theatre Ensemble is an honors level course which advances all theatre techniques learned in previous coursework (audition process/set design/acting/play production). Participants will take part in the MPA Drama Festival. Individual pieces will also be prepared for college auditions. Students must audition for placement in this course. (1/2 credit)

Music

Concert Band is for students who have had some instruction on a wind or a percussion instrument. Concert Band provides an opportunity to explore music on a chosen wind or percussion instrument and further develop music performance practices. Students perform music in a variety of styles and settings ranging from serious wind ensemble literature at concerts to popular music for home football and basketball games. Performances are given in the community as well as outside of the community. Extended trips are planned once every four years to areas such as New York City or Virginia. (1 credit)

Concert Choir is for students to perform music from a wide range of styles. An emphasis is placed on balancing traditional choral music with contemporary choral literature. Fundamental principles of singing are taught and each student is encouraged to develop confidence in his or her singing voice. Three to four performances are given each year. The Concert Choir also travels once every four years along with the Concert Band. (1 credit)

Piano provides instruction in piano basics: note names of the treble and bass clefs; proper fingering and hand position; scale and chord structure will be among the topics covered. Students will learn songs in the keys of C, G and F. Students are required to purchase their own lesson books and should be able to read music. Students may sign up for successive years of this course; however, they must have approval from the instructor in order to sign up for the course after the first year. (1 credit)

Instrumental Jazz Ensemble (audition only) is for students to participate as a performing group that has several performances in the community each year as well as performances at in-state and out-of-state jazz festivals. Students are encouraged to explore improvisation. Along with class time, there are practices scheduled once a week after school. Students must be enrolled in Concert Band to be eligible for Instrumental Jazz. (1 credit)

Vocal Jazz Ensemble (audition only) comprises 12-16 vocalists and a rhythm section. The ensemble performs locally and at jazz festivals around the state and New England. Along with class time there are practices scheduled once a week after school. Students must be enrolled in Concert Choir to be eligible for Vocal Jazz. (1 credit)

Guitar is designed to introduce beginning students to the guitar as well as develop growth for students that already have some experience with the guitar. The Hal Leonard Guitar Method Books 1, 2, 3 are the primary resource for the class and additional materials are utilized like popular songs, folk songs, and lead sheets. Students learn to play melodies and chords and how to read music notation. They also study basic music theory and basic songwriting skills. Instruction is both group and individual. Students present a recital of their work at the end of the semester. Students may sign up for successive years of this course; however, they must have approval from the instructor in order to sign up for the course after the first year. (1/2 credit)

Popular Music and Society is an in-depth look at the role that American popular music has played in 20th and 21st century society and culture. This course will explore how society has influenced music and in turn how music has influenced society. Reading, writing, listening and analysis will be important components of this course. (1/2 credit)

Digital Music Production 1 is designed for anyone interested in producing music on the computer, regardless of style. This course provides an overview of the wide range of tools available to the modern electronic musician. Through hands-on exercises and projects, students experience the process of producing a piece of music with the computer, from developing the original musical idea through distributing a final mix. This course teaches design and configuration of an electronic music studio that supports creative goals, understanding and using the most popular tools and techniques employed by electronic musicians, how to set up audio interfaces, microphones, MIDI sequencers, synthesizers, drum machines, and more to effectively create and produce music ideas. By the end of this course, students can configure a personal production workspace, use software instruments and audio recordings to produce a piece of music, understand the properties of sound and how they are represented in the analog and digital domain, understand basic audio specifications used in product descriptions and use them to choose audio tools that will best match your creative needs and budget, create a composite version of a performance using multiple takes understand how the MIDI protocol represents musical performances, create and effectively use audio loops in a music production, recognize how audio signals move within a mixer, use common mixing and mastering techniques to create a stereo master audio file and use cloud services for distribution and collaboration.

Ballet

Bossov Ballet Theatre, MCI’s resident pre-professional ballet company, is both a performing company and international ballet school that uses the Vagnova method of instruction. In addition to classes offered during the day for academic credit, students may train after school.

Ballet (audition only) is study, practice and performance of classical ballet at a pre-professional level. Ballet students may earn one credit in physical education upon successful completion of two semesters of ballet. (2 periods, 2 credits)