Schedule and Room Assignments

Classes meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, and/or Fridays in Oakton, VA. Filter by subject or grade below. You can see key dates in our Google calendar or view our Academic Calendar.

Quarter beginning September 9, 2020

Art / MusicScience / TechnologyHumanities / Social SciencesLanguage Arts
ExtracurricularMathForeign Language(Full Classes)
Choose a quarter:
Filter by Grade
Monday Classes Wednesday Classes Friday Classes

Wednesday Classes (Click here for Friday Classes)

9:00
9:30
10:00
10:30
11:00
11:30
12:00
12:30
1:00
1:30
2:00
2:30
3:00
3:30
4:00
4:30
5:00
Sanctuary

Acting- Young Actor's Playhouse: Rainforest Rescue

Acting- Young Actor's Playhouse: Rainforest Rescue

Quarter(s):1

Acting is an adventure! Young actors will find themselves on a Rainforest Rescue where they will create an imaginative storyline and unique characters for their very own original play. Will they encounter a silly sloth, a jolly jaguar, a crazy crocodile, an angry anaconda, or other tropical pals on their equatorial escapades?

Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other and to begin to brainstorm about their original play. Through group activities and guided discussion, the young actors will decide on characters, conflict, and conclusion, and the story they want to tell. The script will be developed and customized for this class with input from the students.

Young actors will explore skills such as sensory awareness, listening, stage movement, character development, emotional expression, and observation/concentration while learning to portray their original character. Young actors will learn aspects of acting by script read-through, blocking, costume/prop discussion, and planning the show. Through individual and group activities, young actors build confidence in preparation for a final sharing for parents.

Students will work from a simple, written script, but emerging readers can be accommodated. Parents will be emailed the script after the 3rd or 4th class and will be expected to help their children memorize their lines and assemble a simple make-at-home costume, ideally from clothing items and accessories you already own and a little creativity. All actors must be at least age 6 to sign up for this class.

Topics in this Series: Rainforest Rescue! (Quarter 1), Fractured Fairy Tales (Quarter 2), Our Own Pirate Play (Quarter 3), and Detective Drama (Quarter 4).

Opens Jun 1 6:00 am

11:00 am-11:55 am

1st-2nd

Acting- Kids Theater: The Craziest Dream Ever

Acting- Kids Theater: The Craziest Dream Ever

Quarter(s):1

When the sun goes down and the Sandman comes, dreams transform our characters and carry them away on an adventure in The Land of Nod! What weird and wacky escapades will take place in the dreamland that our young actors will create and perform?

Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other and to start to brainstorm about their original play. Through group activities and guided discussion, the actors will decide on characters, conflict, conclusion, and the story they want to tell. Students will pitch ideas to the group, and those concepts will be developed and blended into a script that reflects the contributions of each student. The script will be customized for this class by the instructor with input from the students.

The class will learn the practical aspects of acting, as they work on script read-through, blocking, costume/prop design, and planning the show. Students will develop their own "actor's toolkit" of voice, body, and imagination in this creative process! Actors will grow in confidence and communication skills in preparation for a final sharing with parents on the final day of the quarter.

Once the script is fully developed with everyone's parts, about half-way through the quarter, it will be emailed to parents. Parents will be expected to help their children memorize their script/lines/cues and assemble a simple make-at-home costume, ideally from clothing items and accessories you already own and a little creativity. Note: Students who are emerging readers (not able to read at a 3rd/4th grade level) would be better suited to the Young Actor's Playhouse class, rather than this level.

Topics in this Series: The Craziest Dream Ever (Quarter 1), Medieval Mayhem (Quarter 2), The Incredible Invention (Quarter 3), and The Emperor's Ensemble (Quarter 4).

Opens Jun 1 6:00 am

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

3rd-5th

Acting- Tween Stage: Comedy Mash-Up

Acting- Tween Stage: Comedy Mash-Up

Quarter(s):1

Ready for a laugh? Kick off the year with a comedy mash-up of humorous misunderstandings and hilarious mix-ups presented as a variety show of short, comedic sketches. Discover if you are you more witty or wisecracking, side-splitting or slapstick.

Tweens will enjoy experimenting with the elements of comedy- irony, exaggeration, parody, surprise, satire, and exploiting the unexpected. Each class will begin with acting warm-ups and improv exercises. The group will begin with prepared scripts for several skits that they can work together to customize and individualize. In a collaborative process, the class will develop a series of short scene, or vignettes. Student who get the writing bug can try their hand at crafting a script for their classmates. Everyone will have the opportunity to improve their public speaking and stage presence skills while have a blast.

This class is best suited for students who are active listeners, are flexible and easily adapt, have a sense of humor, and can work in a collaborative group. Students need to be able to stay in sync with the flow of the class. This is not an "anything goes" or free-for-all class. The students will perform for family and friends at the end of the quarter.

Topics in this Series: Comedy Mash-Up (Quarter 1); One Minute Plays (Quarter 2); Improv Scenes (Quarter 3); and Who Dunnit? (Quarter 4). Taken these classes before? No problem, you can take them again, as they offer a new and different experience every time!

Opens Jun 1 6:00 am

1:00 pm-1:55 pm

6th-8th

Room 2

Junior Art Studio: Artists and their Animals

Junior Art Studio: Artists and their Animals

Quarter(s):1

This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Each week students will learn a few fun facts about a type of art or artist, view sample works, and then will create a project in the style of the artist using a wide variety of materials and representative colors, patterns, textures, and embellishments. Young artists will have the opportunity to work with a different media each week such as tempera paint, various papers, color pencils, markers, tissue paper, translucent tracing paper, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, and watercolors.

First quarter, students will learn about famous artists and their favorite animals or pets! Featured artists include Hockney, Pollock, Picasso, Kahlo, O'Keefe, Rockwell and Klee. Which artist painted a rooster? Who liked crazy, colored geometric cats, and who else favored standard American hounds? Whose self-portraits included monkeys, black cats, and parrots? Through weekly projects, Junior Artists will learn about and make their animal projects while learning about the artist, the technique, and the subject matter.

Topics in this Series: Artists and their Animals (Quarter 1); Famous Abstracts (Quarter 2); Cultural Art Creations (Quarter 3), and Scenic Seascapes (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $20.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class which covers consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints.

Opens Jun 1 6:00 am

10:00 am-10:55 am

K-2nd

Junior Art Studio: Artists and their Animals

Junior Art Studio: Artists and their Animals

Quarter(s):1

This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Each week students will learn a few fun facts about a type of art or artist, view sample works, and then will create a project in the style of the artist using a wide variety of materials and representative colors, patterns, textures, and embellishments. Young artists will have the opportunity to work with a different media each week such as tempera paint, various papers, color pencils, markers, tissue paper, translucent tracing paper, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, and watercolors.

First quarter, students will learn about famous artists and their favorite animals or pets! Featured artists include Hockney, Pollock, Picasso, Kahlo, O'Keefe, Rockwell and Klee. Which artist painted a rooster? Who liked crazy, colored geometric cats, and who else favored standard American hounds? Whose self-portraits included monkeys, black cats, and parrots? Through weekly projects, Junior Artists will learn about and make their animal projects while learning about the artist, the technique, and the subject matter.

Topics in this Series: Artists and their Animals (Quarter 1); Famous Abstracts (Quarter 2); Cultural Art Creations (Quarter 3), and Scenic Seascapes (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $20.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class which covers consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints.

Opens Jun 1 6:00 am

11:00 am-11:55 am

K-2nd

Room 4

Art: Sculpture Studio

Art: Sculpture Studio

Quarter(s):1

Young sculptors will enjoy working hands-on in 3-dimensions with a variety of sculpting materials. Sculpture is multi-sensory, and student sculptors enjoy the tactile experience of shaping, stacking, forming, flattening, and layering a selection of materials to create unique, personal projects. Sculpting engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing and encourages creativity to represent objects in three dimensions. In this workshop, students will create original hand-made pieces inspired by different artists and sculpting techniques.

First quarter, young sculptors will experiment with materials such as papier mache, airdry and polymer clays, wire, etc. to create sculptures. Possible projects may be a wire wave sculpture, layered paper collage, animal creation, or sculpey flower magnets. Some projects may take two weeks to complete with one week dedicated to forming and shaping the base sculpture and the second week focused on finishing techniques such as painting and embellishing. Each week, the instructor will show examples and introduce an artist who served as inspiration and worked in a similar style.

There is a $40.00 per student material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include: Sculpture Studio for Kids (1st quarter), Paper Printing, Stamping & Stenciling (2nd quarter), Fun with Fiber arts (3rd quarter), and Painting with Acrylics (4th quarter).

Opens Jun 1 6:00 am

1:00 pm-1:55 pm

7th-8th

Art: Sculpture Studio

Art: Sculpture Studio

Quarter(s):1

Young sculptors will enjoy working hands-on in 3-dimensions with a variety of sculpting materials. Sculpture is multi-sensory, and student sculptors enjoy the tactile experience of shaping, stacking, forming, flattening, and layering a selection of materials to create unique, personal projects. Sculpting engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing and encourages creativity to represent objects in three dimensions. In this workshop, students will create original hand-made pieces inspired by different artists and sculpting techniques.

First quarter, young sculptors will experiment with materials such as papier mache, airdry and polymer clays, wire, etc. to create sculptures. Possible projects may be a wire wave sculpture, layered paper collage, animal creation, or sculpey flower magnets. Some projects may take two weeks to complete with one week dedicated to forming and shaping the base sculpture and the second week focused on finishing techniques such as painting and embellishing. Each week, the instructor will show examples and introduce an artist who served as inspiration and worked in a similar style.

There is a $40.00 per student material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include: Sculpture Studio for Kids (1st quarter), Paper Printing, Stamping & Stenciling (2nd quarter), Fun with Fiber arts (3rd quarter), and Painting with Acrylics (4th quarter).

Opens Jun 1 6:00 am

2:00 pm-2:55 pm

5th-6th

Art: Sculpture Studio

Art: Sculpture Studio

Quarter(s):1

Young sculptors will enjoy working hands-on in 3-dimensions with a variety of sculpting materials. Sculpture is multi-sensory, and student sculptors enjoy the tactile experience of shaping, stacking, forming, flattening, and layering a selection of materials to create unique, personal projects. Sculpting engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing and encourages creativity to represent objects in three dimensions. In this workshop, students will create original hand-made pieces inspired by different artists and sculpting techniques.

First quarter, young sculptors will experiment with materials such as papier mache, airdry and polymer clays, wire, etc. to create sculptures. Possible projects may be a wire wave sculpture, layered paper collage, animal creation, or sculpey flower magnets. Some projects may take two weeks to complete with one week dedicated to forming and shaping the base sculpture and the second week focused on finishing techniques such as painting and embellishing. Each week, the instructor will show examples and introduce an artist who served as inspiration and worked in a similar style.

There is a $40.00 per student material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include: Sculpture Studio for Kids (1st quarter), Paper Printing, Stamping & Stenciling (2nd quarter), Fun with Fiber arts (3rd quarter), and Painting with Acrylics (4th quarter).

Opens Jun 1 6:00 am

3:00 pm-3:55 pm

3rd-4th

Music Room

Learn to Sing: Songs from the Silver Screen

Learn to Sing: Songs from the Silver Screen

Quarter(s):1

The classical tradition of musical movies have given us major American hits from Grease, Annie, The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, Westside Story, and more recently, The Greatest Showman. Now you can learn to sing your favorite songs from the silver screen!

The quarter's repertoire will include at least one chorus number from a major musical film. Students will work on other music as solos, duets, or small group numbers. This introduction to vocal performance will include posture, breathing, intonation, and the principles of blending vocal harmonies. Basic musical notation will be introduced as well as melodic and harmonic intervals. No previous musical experience is required just joy in singing! Prior to the start of class, the instructor will identify song book(s) and accompaniments for students to purchase. A performance will be held at the end of the quarter. Topics in this Series: Songs from the Silver Screen (Quarter 1); Holidays Around the World (Quarter 2); The Colors of Songs (Quarter 3); and the Songs of Summer (Quarter 4) Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $15.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

Opens Jun 1 6:00 am

10:00 am-10:55 am

4th-6th

Music Makers: Rhymes

Music Makers: Rhymes

Quarter(s):1

Music Makers explores many facets of the musical experience- singing, moving, dancing, listening, and playing instruments. The class will explore musical stories, famous composers, and different genres of music while playing a variety of percussion instruments (drums, sticks, triangles, woodblocks and more!). Students will learn to play a beginning pitched instrument on glockenspiels (a small barred instrument like the xylophone). Using an Orff-based approach, students will learn to read and write beginning musical notation and learn musical terminology all in the context of fun and play. Music Makers classes provide a fun, pressure-free environment to experience music and movement with the goal of general musicianship and excellent preparation for further, individual instrument lessons if desired. Music Makers helps every child acquire the essential building blocks for a future of musical learning! Students may join Music Makers at any quarter, and they may return again and again since new music, themes, and skills are constantly introduced.

Opens Jun 1 6:00 am

11:00 am-11:55 am

K-2nd

Little Hands Family Music

Little Hands Family Music

Quarter(s):1

Little Hands is a family music and movement classes for parents and children, aged infant to 4.5 years old. Be part of an engaging musical world while building confidence, coordination, and communications skills. Singing, imitating sounds, rhyming, and object identification foster language skills. Creative movement to various musical moods develops a sense of balance, timing and spatial awareness. Listening and taking turns encourage blossoming social skills. Children and their parents meet weekly for a 30-minute class and enjoy singing, moving, listening, and playing simple, specially designed instruments. A parent must participate with his/her child(ren). Structured time runs from 12:15-12:45 pm, with time before and after for gathering and transitions. Little Hands Family Music runs each quarter, but no two classes are the same, so participants may continue throughout the year.

Opens Jun 1 6:00 am

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

PK

Beginning Guitar I

Beginning Guitar I

Quarter(s):1, 2

Learn the fundamentals of playing the guitar! In this class, students will learn basic melodies, such as Ode to Joy, Happy Birthday, Jingle Bells, etc. Kids will learn to play chords and strumming patterns for familiar songs chosen by the instructor and students. Students are encouraged to bring in music they are interested in learning. New chords and new songs will be added each week as students also learn to read music and basic music theory. Students will also learn how to hold, tune, and care for their guitars. Students should be able to read at grade level for this class, and should plan to practice at home several times each week. Each student will need a least a beginner level acoustic guitar. There is a materials fee of $5.00 payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a music notebook. Students should expect to spend 20-30 minutes per day most days practicing chords and melodies from class.

Opens Jun 1 6:00 am

1:00 pm-1:55 pm

5th-8th

(Semester Long)

Rhythm Rocks: Drumming Workshop

Rhythm Rocks: Drumming Workshop

Quarter(s):1

Students of all ages will love the energy and exhilaration of drumming in this percussion workshop! Students will learn rhythms and drumming patterns from Afro-Latin, South American, and jazz percussion traditions. In this "hands-on" workshop, Drummers will use congas, djembes, bongos, shakers, and more to learn beats such as the tumbao (African-Cuban), the Merengue (Dominican), Soca (African), and Batucada (Afro-Brazilian). Students will be encouraged to experiment with different percussion instruments and to improvise. In this multi-age class, Drummers will be divided into three groups by age with the same rhythm of varying degrees of difficulty taught to each group. Drummers will be "in the groove" as they learn single stroke rolls, single and double paradiddle, frills, 1-bar and 3-bar rhythms, and call-and-response patterns, with and without recorded music. All instruments are provided each week, and a final exhibition will be performed for parents on the last day of class.

Opens Jun 1 6:00 am

2:00 pm-2:55 pm

3rd-6th



Friday Classes (Click here to jump back up to Wednesday classes)

9:00
9:30
10:00
10:30
11:00
11:30
12:00
12:30
1:00
1:30
2:00
2:30
3:00
3:30
4:00
4:30
5:00
MP Room A

Paint Studio II: Abstracts- Advanced Color Work

Paint Studio II: Abstracts- Advanced Color Work

Quarter(s):1

In Paint Studio II, student artists will further develop their skills in acrylic painting in a relaxed, informal studio setting under the guidance of a professional paint instructor. Paint Studio II is a two-hour session where a focused lesson is demonstrated and practiced in the first hour, and students may continue to paint in open studio (shared with Paint Studio I students) the second hour. The second hour of Paint Studio II is optional in the event that a student must attend a 10:00 am class.

Students will work on framed canvas and easels and will learn elements of art and principles of design in addition to methods in painting. Advanced painting techniques that will be taught including dry brush work, washing, splattering, dabbing, pallet knife, underpainting, and layering. Each quarter, the instructor will demonstrate techniques by developing a sample painting. Students may elect to follow the class sample, or may apply the painting skills to an entirely unique composition. Students will complete one or two 16" X 20" canvases each quarter, depending on the level of detailing.

First quarter's lessons will include color studies such as partial mixing of colors and creating a family of colors, to achieve a variety of effects and contrasting textures. Five main color schemes used in art will be introduced including: complimentary, analogous, triadic, split-complimentary, and tetradic. Lessons will explore desaturation of hues to create tints, shades, or tones. Students can apply this understanding to create a color palette for their painting that makes it look more or less natural, depending on their choices.

This class is suitable for returning teen students who have completed at least two quarters of Paint Studio I or adult students. Prior-year Paint Studio II students are encouraged to continue with this class to develop their skills to the next level. Compass parents are welcome to register for this class to work alongside their teens or to work on their own while their teen is another Compass class. Painting can provide a relaxing, needed break from rigorous academic classes and over-scheduled lives in a fun, supportive environment.

Prerequisites: A minimum of two quarters of Paint Studio I or prior class(es) in acrylic painting

Topics in this Series: Abstracts- Advanced Color Work (Quarter 1), Landscapes- Advanced Acrylic Techniques (Quarter 2), Structures & Cities- Advanced Linear Perspective (Quarter 3), and Create Your Own- A Study in Composition (Quarter 4).

Workload: Work outside of class is optional, however students who want to continue to practice their painting techniques might want to purchase a tabletop easel (approx. $10.00) and set of basic acrylic paints ($30.00+) for home use.

Assessments: Individual feedback is given in class. Formal assessments will not be given.

Lab/Supply Fee: A New Student Class Fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for canvases, pallet, pallet knife, 12-piece paint brush set, a sketchbook, and use of shared class supplies (desktop easels, acrylic paint, brushes, paper products, etc.). The Returning Student Class Fee is $20.00 for canvases and shared class supplies.

What to Wear: Students may wish to wear an apron, smock, or paint shirt when working with acrylic paints.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

Opens Jun 1 6:00 am

9:00 am-10:55 am

8th - Adult

Paint Studio I: Botanicals- Line, Color, Shape, & Texture

Paint Studio I: Botanicals- Line, Color, Shape, & Texture

Quarter(s):1

Students will be introduced to painting with acrylics in a relaxed, informal studio setting under the guidance of a professional paint instructor.

Students will work on framed canvas and easels and will learn elements of art and principles of design in addition to methods in painting. Painters will learn basic techniques such as shading, blending, stippling, and broad stroke. Each quarter, the instructor will demonstrate techniques by developing a sample painting. Students may elect to follow the class sample or may apply the painting skills to an entirely unique composition. Students will complete one or two 16" X 20" canvases each quarter, depending on the level of detailing.

First quarter, students will begin painting botanicals such as flowers, plants, or leaves. Through the botanical study, painters will learn to represent different textures and effects in natural subjects. Elements of art introduced in the first quarter projects include line, color, shape, and texture.

This class is suitable for beginners who have never painted before, and for experienced art students who have worked in other mediums and are interested in exploring acrylic painting. Compass parents are welcome to register for this class to work alongside their teens, or to work on their own, while their teen is in another Compass class. Painting can provide a relaxing, needed break from rigorous academic classes and over-scheduled lives in a fun, supportive environment.

Prerequisites: None

Topics in this Series: Botanicals- Line, Color, Shape, & Texture (Quarter 1); Still Life- Values, Form, & Composition (Quarter 2); 3D Perspective- Space, Depth, & Distance (Quarter 3); and Landscapes- Unity & Harmony (Quarter 4).

Workload: Work outside of class is optional, however students who want to continue to practice their painting techniques might want to purchase a tabletop easel (approx. $10.00) and set of basic acrylic paints ($30.00+) for home use.

Assessments: Individual feedback is given in class. Formal assessments will not be given.

Lab/Supply Fee: A new student class fee of $20.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for two canvases, a sketchbook, and use of shared class supplies (desktop easels, paints, brushes, paper products, etc.). Returning students who are continuing in this class from a prior quarter can continue using their sketchpad, but there is still a $14.00 fee for the other materials.

What to Wear: Students may wish to wear an apron, smock, or paint shirt when working with acrylic paints.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

Opens Jun 1 6:00 am

10:00 am-10:55 am

7th - Adult

Stage Combat for Beginners & Masters: Developing Dynamics

Stage Combat for Beginners & Masters: Developing Dynamics

Quarter(s):1, 2

Chases! Suspense! Surprise Attacks! A great action scene is more than good technique performed well. It has drama. It has highs and lows. Action on stage and screen needs moments of intensity, anticipation, and movement to draw the audience into the fates of these fighting characters. It must seem dangerous and dynamic!

This semester will explore how to take a piece of fight choreography to the next level by enhancing it with varying tempos, rhythm, and movement. Students will take a simple piece of choreography and elevate it to performance quality by adding nuance and interest through movement, sound, and varying intensity levels. The students' fight scenes will be shared in the final class. Costumes and makeup are welcome for the demonstration, but are not required.

Stage combat is the cooperative art of creating the illusion of violence for storytelling in theatre and film. This class is great for people who enjoy theatre, film, history, or just have a curiosity about using swords and throwing (pretend) punches in a fun, safe, and friendly environment. Aspiring actors and future fight choreographers rarely experience coaching in the art of stage combat until college or later. This is a great way to get ahead of the game and impress future directors at auditions or in productions with knowledge of weapons and choreography.

Through stage combat, students will work on their coordination, balance, focus, efficiency and fluidity of movement, spatial awareness, verbal and non-verbal communication, and confidence. Each student, whether beginner or master, will develop in this class to their next level of proficiency.

Levels: This class is offered at two levels which meet together. All students, regardless of level, will learn how to increase dynamics in stage combat and storytelling. Beginners will learn basic stage combat techniques (cuts, parries, footwork), while also learning how to incorporate some of those techniques into a simple piece of choreography. Masters students will continue to refine the stage combat techniques they have learned previously, while embellishing a simple piece of choreography with more advanced techniques. Masters students will have the additional goal of performing at, or close to, performance tempo using professional stage combat weapons.

Topics in this Series:Developing Dynamics (Semester 1), and Unequal Opponents (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

Prerequisites: Students need to be able to follow directions and exercise self-discipline. Students younger than the stated age are advised to enroll in the Wednesday Stage Combat class, or need instructor and Compass approval to enroll in this Friday class.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hour per week outside of class.

Assignments: Will be made in class and repeated in the weekly e-mail to parents and students.

Assessments: Continual feedback through in-class coaching and demonstrations will be given; formal assessments will not be provided.

What to Wear: Students should wear clothes they are comfortable moving in and athletic shoes.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

Opens Jun 1 6:00 am

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

9th-12th

(Semester Long)

Mosaic Masterpieces Open Studio (Q1)

Mosaic Masterpieces Open Studio (Q1)

Quarter(s):1

Mosaics is run as a studio art class where students create unique compositions and work at their own pace under the guidance of an experienced mosaic artist. Each quarter, students are taught new design, cutting, layout, and finishing techniques and are introduced to new mosaic materials which they can incorporate into inspired, original pieces. Throughout the quarter, the instructor will suggest possible themes for projects based on the featured materials, but students are always welcome to pursue a different direction.

Students who are new to mosaics will complete a quick checkerboard project (complete with wooden checkers) to teach pattern, layout, and lines before starting their specialized projects. For each project, students will be able to choose from a variety of substrates- rectangular, square, shaped, or circular backboards (typically first-year students), or special forms or 3D objects (experienced students). Each project will expand a student's understanding of color, pattern, rhythm, texture, and spacing as they complete rich, dimensioned compositions. Students will be able to incorporate other glass, ceramic, and porcelain tiles into their projects and may select feature elements such as beautiful glass gems, millifiori, sliced stone, metallic ornaments, mirrored bits, or shells, to serve as focal points in their mosaic piece. The mosaic can be monochromatic, complimentary, or contrasting colors. A broad pallet of colors is always available, and new colors are added each quarter to reflect the season.

Students will develop a skillset for mosaic artistry over multiple quarters or years. As each student demonstrates mastery of basic skills, safety, and artistic expression, that student will be taught advanced techniques, materials, tools, composition, and color theory. A typical progression in mosaics is:

-Flat, rectangular substrate, whole tiles, symmetric design, proper spacing and adhesion

-Flat, circular substrate, tile cutting with nippers, themed design and color choice

-Flat or curved substrate, cutting sheet glass with pistol grip, breaking pliers, and running pliers, composition and color design

-3D substrate, adhesion substances, and techniques

-Porcelain and ceramic cutting, special application, advanced design

There is no prerequisite for this class. The number of projects completed each quarter depends on the student s work speed and attendance in class. Compass parents are welcome to register for the class to work alongside their teens, or to work on their own, while their teen is in another Compass class.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class.

Assessments: will not be given.

Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

What to Bring: In-progress project must be brought back to studio each week.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

Opens Jun 1 6:00 am

1:00 pm-2:55 pm

7th-Adult

MP Room B
Room 1

Architecture: Green Buildings- Sustainable Design and Renewable Energy

Architecture: Green Buildings- Sustainable Design and Renewable Energy

Quarter(s):1, 2

What makes a building "green"? Green paint? Plants? Students will explore the concepts of sustainable design, which will include LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), landscaping with native vegetation, sustainable building material choices and renewable energy sources in the architectural design process through hands-on simulations, model-building, and team projects.

Students will learn about net zero building design. They will calculate the energy usage for their own homes and learn about energy-reducing strategies. They will learn how insulation, window placement, thermal mass, surface colors, and site orientation play important roles in passive solar heating. Student designers will use this information to design and build their own model homes and test them for thermal gains and losses during a simulated day and night. Students will compare designs and make suggestions for improvement.

In this exploration, students will learn about renewable energy sources. The class will explore solar energy by experimenting with a virtual solar cooker to discover the mathematical relationship among reflection, transmission, and absorption. Next, students will learn how to harness the energy of the wind to produce power. They will learn where to place wind turbines and advantages/disadvantages of using wind power over non-renewable energy sources. The class will use the design process to prototype and test types of wind turbines to discover which is most efficient.

Students will also learn about the best practices and challenges to supplying clean water. Working in teams, students will design and construct small-scale models of a working water filtration system to simulate multi-stage wastewater treatment plants and test for quality and reclaimed quantities. They will conduct common tests to check the water quality before and after treatment, and will redesign for improvement.

The students will work together on a final project which will incorporate the concepts learned throughout the semester and will present the projects on the final day of class.

Topics in this Series: Green Buildings- Sustainable Design and Renewable Energy (Semester 1), Inspired by Nature (Semester 2)

Prerequisites: Students should be able to do pre-algebra-level math for some calculations and working with architectural/engineering scales.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class on assignment.

Assignments: will be communicated in class and weekly e-mail updates.

Assessments: feedback will be given in class on projects and assignments. Points will not be tracked, and formal grades will not be given.

Textbook: None

Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $50 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

What to Bring: See weekly assignments for project materials needed.

Non-Meeting Days: None

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in fine arts, visual arts, or career/technical exploration for purposes of a high school transcript.

Opens Jun 1 6:00 am

1:00 pm-2:55 pm

9th-12th

(Semester Long)

Room 3

Introduction to Philosophy: Morals and Ethics

Introduction to Philosophy: Morals and Ethics

Quarter(s):1, 2

What does it mean to be a good person? What does it mean to be happy? Can a machine be moral? Philosophy is the study of life's big questions related to existence, knowledge, value, reason, and the mind. Through pre-readings, short response papers, and class discussions, the class will explore the themes of morals and ethics using approachable, well-known characters from the Simpsons and Isaac Asimov's short stories. These discussions will provide an introduction to some of the ideas from Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics, Nietzsche's various writings, and Kant's categorical imperative.

Topics in this Series: Morals and Ethics (Semester 1), Minds and Knowledge (Semester 2), etc. Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

Prerequisites: Students should be able to read at or above grade level and be able to participate in thoughtful class discussion.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-3 hours per week outside of class, depending on speed of reading.

Assignments: Students will be assigned weekly pre-reading consisting of a chapter or article, which will be discussed in the next class. Students will have two papers or projects during the semester. All assignments will be posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments, upload homework, take automated quizzes and tests, track grades, and message instructor and classmates.

Assessments: Points will be assigned for class participation (50%), projects/papers (40%), and written journal responses to pre-readings (10%).

Textbook/Materials: Students should purchase two books: (1) Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence, Second Edition by Susan Schneider (Print ISBN# 978-1118922613, Online ISBN:9781118922590) and (2) The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer, by William Irwin, Mark T Conard, Aeon J Skoble (ISBN#978-0812694338).

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Humanities for purposes of a high school transcript.

Opens Jun 1 6:00 am

11:00 am-11:55 am

9th-12th

(Semester Long)

Art History: Renaissance to Recent, Western Art Part 2

Art History: Renaissance to Recent, Western Art Part 2

Quarter(s):1, 2

Students will travel through time and around the world in this survey of the history of art! The class will look at images of art as religious icons, records of historical events, myths, portraits, propaganda, conveyors of power and authority, and fantasy to answer the big question, "What is the function of art aside from being aesthetically pleasing?" Students will be asked to predict how their definition of art will change throughout the course of the year.

This unique exploration of art history will be enlivened by rich class discussions, projects, visits to exhibits, and the instructor's own creative style and personal experience at significant historical sites throughout the ancient world. Students will learn about the people and concepts behind each type of art, considering that the conditions of the time influenced the art and architecture: physical location, settlement, innovation, warfare, politics, beliefs, religion, funerary practices, and interconnections to other, contemporary cultures.

This study of the history of art will begin with the early Renaissance in Northern Europe and the innovation of oil painting. This technique was used to evoke different ideas in Burgundy, Flanders, France and the remains of the Holy roman Empire. Students will discover how etching and engraving are different and explore the illustration of printed books. Next, the investigation turns to Quattrocento Florence and the influence of Humanistic principles and innovations in perspective. Women's participation in Italian art during the High Renaissance will be introduced through the works of several female artists. The allegorical symbols and minute details of the North will be contrasted with the joyful mythologies of Italy. The class will then examine the changes brought about by Mannerism, and how these were expressed in both Italy and the North, as well as the difference in focus of Protestant and Catholic artists. Looking at spectacular Baroque art, the class will discuss the continuation of patronage with an art market and without royalty. The study of the Dutch vanitas paintings will open a discussion of the importance of the household and of personal contribution to society and science. After a century of revolutions, European art has a quick dalliance with the Rococo, then the enlightenment focuses artists on a more austere neoclassicism. Next, the exploration will take students to the effects on art of the Industrial Revolution through materials, technologies and subjects. Students will learn about the political and artistic revolutions that led to the Romantic spirit, the Realist reaction against Romanticism, and how landscape painting was somewhere between the two. The 19th century brings the first public art museum, prefabricated architecture, and the advent of photography. Finally, we will investigate the end of the 19th century and the beginning of Modernism in art: Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, symbolism, and the first skyscrapers.

Levels:This course is AP Optional for students who took the prior semesters in 2019-20. All four Compass semesters are needed to prepare for the 2020 AP Art History exam.

Topics in this Series: Renaissance to Recent, Western Art Part 2 (Semester 1), Asia to Africa, Non-Western Art (Semester 2)

Workload: AP students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week outside of class; on-level students should expect to spend 1 hour outside of class.

Assignments: The Canvas online class management system will be used to post assignments, quizzes, and scores. Students should have their own e-mail address to be set up users of the Canvas system. Parents can also be set up as Canvas guests/observers for purposes of tracking the student's progress and workload. For each chapter, there will be open book quizzes, and students should be able to describe their three favorite works. There will be a semester project based on the creation of one's own myth and culture. Image recognition is key to learning art history. Each semester, students will be assigned approximately 60 images to identify (25% of the AP's 250) on the midterm and final. On-level students should be able to identify the art or object by style. AP students are expected to learn the name, description and compare/contrast the images.

Assessments: Points will be assigned for projects, quizzes, chapter summaries, and exams, and parents may use the total points earned to assign a class grade. Quizzes will be administered through Canvas.

Textbook: Students should purchase or rent Gardner's Art through the Ages: A Global History, 15th Edition by Fred Kleiner (ISBN 13- 978-285754994).

AP Fees: The fee to take the College Board's AP Art History exam in May 2021 is not included; each family will be responsible for scheduling and paying for their student's AP exam

Credit:Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in History or Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

Opens Jun 1 6:00 am

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

9th-12th

(Semester Long)

Room 11

Creative Journaling for Teens (Q1)

Creative Journaling for Teens (Q1)

Quarter(s):1

Don't write poetry? Think you can't draw? Maybe not, but you may still want a creative way to record your thoughts, feelings, dreams, and ideas! Journaling is an ongoing process of discovery and exploration that allows one to be conscious of and connect with his/her thoughts, emotions and ideas. It is a form of expression that supports both academic and personal growth.

Creative journaling is not writing daily "Dear Diary" style entries on dated pages. Instead, students will explore various journaling methods, blending self-expression and self-discovery to guide them in learning new ways to problem-solve, achieve goals, and process emotions. Students will work with several writing techniques and a range of art media to develop a personal journal throughout the quarter, and will have the opportunity to expand on it in subsequent quarters. Techniques such as freeform writing, black-out poetry, stream-of-consciousness writing, and creative list making- in addition to experimenting with simple mixed media like collage and photography- will be explored. Weekly prompts will cover a range of topics such as choices, ambition, fear, and self-esteem as they relate to the students' personal lives and current events. Conversation around the prompts will complement the students' work in their individual journals.

Topics in this Series: Journal work is done in an open studio environment that allows students to join in any quarter throughout the year.

Prerequisites: No formal writing or art experience is needed. All teens are welcome.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-2 hours per week outside of class.

Assignments: are given in class.

Assessments: Not provided.

Lab/Supply Fee: A NEW STUDENT class fee of $24.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a spiral bound journal and a kit of supplies. A RETURNING STUDENT class fee of $12.00 is due for consumable, in-class supplies.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in English, Fine Arts, or general Elective for purposes of a high school transcript.

Opens Jun 1 6:00 am

10:00 am-10:55 am

8th-12th

Fundamentals of Drawing: Marine Life- Line, Shape & Texture

Fundamentals of Drawing: Marine Life- Line, Shape & Texture

Quarter(s):1

Students will be introduced to drawing in a relaxed, informal workroom setting, where they will learn the fundamentals of drawing along with the elements of art and principles of design.

First quarter, teens will begin basic, freehand sketching of marine life such as fish, dolphins, coral, or seaweed to learn to represent the objects that they observe. Teen artists will learn techniques such as drawing a "good line", fading, shading, and blending using crosshatching and smudging. Through the objects study, artists will learn techniques with pencil to help them replicate different effects in light and surfaces. Elements of art that will be emphasized include line, shape, and texture. Over the course, students should progress to draw more carefully and more accurately and to represent more refined details in their drawings. Toward the end of the quarter, students may also choose to add color to their drawings.

The instructor will demonstrate various techniques by developing a sample drawing. Students may elect to follow the class sample or may apply the drawing skills to an entirely unique drawing. This class is suitable for beginners who have never drawn before and for intermediate art students who have worked in other mediums and are interested in exploring drawing. Students who have two or more quarters of drawing with this instructor, may choose to draw with a digital stylus and iPad/laptop (owned and brought to class by the student), to create digital drawings. Drawing can provide a relaxing, needed break from rigorous academic classes and over-scheduled lives in a fun, supportive environment.

Topics in this Series: Marine Life- Line, Shape & Texture (Quarter 1), Realistic Renderings- Value, Form & Composition (Quarter 2), The Built Environment- Space, Depth & Dimension (Quarter 3), and Fantasy Landscapes- Unity & Harmony (Quarter 4).

Workload: Work outside of class is optional for those who wish to practice their drawing techniques.

Assessments: Individual feedback is given in class. Formal assessments will not be given.

Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $15.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a sketchbook, a pencil box with pencils of varying hardness, and an eraser. Returning drawing students do not need to pay a supply fee and are expected to replace their drawing supplies as needed, with similar or better quality.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

Opens Jun 1 6:00 am

11:00 am-11:55 am

7th-12th

Music Room

Acting- Teen Stage: Irresistible Improv

Acting- Teen Stage: Irresistible Improv

Quarter(s):1

Snappy comebacks, one-liners, sarcasm, exaggeration, irony...and teenagers. These things just go together! Improv gives kids an outlet for fun, creative stories and spontaneous humor. Teens who find amusement in the unexpected and humor in the unpredictable will enjoy improvisational acting!

First quarter, actors will explore the basics of improvisation, story-telling, and stagecraft through activities and exercises that encourage cooperation, communication, and team work. With fun, interactive improv games such as "Yes, and.." and "Improved Stories," students will learn how to use short form improv to play off of each other to convey character, emotion, situation, setting, and to highlight their scene partners. The variety of improv activities each week will help develop the "group mind" and class dynamic. Small group and partner work will boost teens' confidence and trust in a supportive environment.

Improvisation is the art of entertaining with connected, unpredictable twists and turns often seen from the great comedians and best live entertainers. Improv students will improve their ability to think on-their-feet, play off each other, and react with spontaneous wit, sarcasm, and irony. Actors' creative thinking and communication skills will be strengthened as they work "outside-of-the-box" and learn to read their audience.

Improv can be for everyone! No previous experience is needed. Beginners are welcome, and experienced students will further develop their improv skills. This class is best suited for students who are active listeners, flexible, and easily adapt, have a sense of humor, and can work collaboratively in a group. Students need to be able to stay in sync with the flow of the class. This is not an "anything goes" or free-for-all class.

Topics in this Series: Irresistible Improv (Quarter 1), Innovative Improv (Quarter 2), Immersive Improv (Quarter 3), Improv in Action (Quarter 4). Continuing students from the prior quarter will receive priority pre-registration for next quarter.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hour per week outside of class.

Assignments: If any, will be sent to parents and students by e-mail.

Assessments: will not be given.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

Opens Jun 1 6:00 am

12:00 pm-12:55 pm

9th-12th

Beginning Guitar I for Teens/Adults

Beginning Guitar I for Teens/Adults

Quarter(s):1, 2

Learn the fundamentals of playing the guitar! In this class, teens will learn basic melodies, such as Ode to Joy, Happy Birthday, Jingle Bells, etc. Teens will learn to play chords and strumming patterns for familiar songs chosen by the instructor and students. Students are encouraged to bring in music they are interested in learning. New chords and new songs will be added each week as students also learn to read music and basic music theory. Students will also learn how to hold, tune, and care for their guitars. Students should be able to read at grade level for this class, and should plan to practice at home several times each week. Each student will need a least a beginner level acoustic guitar. There is a materials fee of $5.00 payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a music notebook. Students should expect to spend 20-30 minutes per day most days practicing chords and melodies from class. Compass parents are welcome to register for this class to work alongside their teens, or to work on their own, while their teen is in another Compass class.

Opens Jun 1 6:00 am

1:00 pm-1:55 pm

8th - Adult

(Semester Long)

Music Appreciation: Medieval, Renaissance, & Baroque Styles

Music Appreciation: Medieval, Renaissance, & Baroque Styles

Quarter(s):1

What do Vivaldi's 1716 concerti 'The Four Seasons' and the enduring rock and roll hits of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons band have in common? Or 'A Hazy Shade of Winter' by Simon and Garfunkel and Ella Fitzgerald's 'Summertime? For one thing, they are all "classics" in their respective genres! This class is for students who enjoy listening to or playing music and would like to connect more with a wide range of classical musical pieces through an understanding of their elements and origins.

In this course, students will be introduced to representative musical masterworks from a variety of historical periods and styles: ancient, classical, modern, jazz, and folk styles. By listening to and discussing relevant examples, students will gain an understanding of core musical elements-–melody, rhythm, harmony, texture-–and will develop a meaningful musical vocabulary in each genre that will help them think and talk about musical works, and, above all, expand their appreciation of music.

First quarter, students will learn basic terminology to describe the elements of music and how standard notation for rhythm, pitch, and expressive elements are used to record musical ideas. Students will be introduced to compositions from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras including works from Vivaldi and Bach, and they will compare characteristics of musical pieces of different historical periods and styles.

A different composer will be introduced each week. The class will listen to a musical piece and then learn to analyze and talk about it. Students will learn the context of each musical work, when it was written, and about the composer. They will listen to and learn about the melody and rhythm, the form and the harmony of a composition, and learn how to notate what they hear in the music. They we will ask the questions, How did the composer use the melody?, How did they use rhythm? And going more broadly, why is this score a classic example of its genre? Through these experiences, students will learn to recognize and describe music styles, and compositions.

Students will leave this class with an ability to recognize, discuss, and connect to different genres of music from the styles and composers the class learned about. Additionally, this class will prepare students to learn to read, write, and listen to music, which are the foundational skills for someone who would like to learn an instrument (including voice), or is currently taking lessons. Like other fine arts classes, Music Appreciation is a fun break from academics, and enriches and educates students more broadly.

Topics in this Series: Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Styles (Quarter 1); The Classical Era of Music. Music (Quarter 2); Romanticism and Impressionism in Music. (Quarter 3); Music in the Twentieth Century and Beyond (Quarter 4). Continuing students from the prior quarter will receive priority pre-registration next quarter.

Prerequisites:The ability to read music or play an instrument is not required for this course.

Workload: Students will receive recommended readings to prepare for classroom discussion. Work outside of class is optional, however students are encouraged to listen to the classical pieces studied in class, to connect more with their learning.

Assessments: Formal assessments will not be given.

Textbook: Students should purchase "Music: An Appreciation" (11TH edition, 2014) by Roger Kamien (ISBN-13: 978-0078025204). A used copy is acceptable, and it does not need to include a CD or media access code. All musical pieces studied will be put on a Google Drive for student access at home.

Lab/Supply Fee: A minimal material cost is included in the course fee for instructor-furnished paper with staves and sheet music.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

Opens Jun 1 6:00 am

2:00 pm-2:55 pm

9th-12th



Monday Classes (Click here to jump back up to Wednesday classes)

9:00
9:30
10:00
10:30
11:00
11:30
12:00
12:30
1:00
1:30
2:00
2:30
3:00
3:30
4:00
4:30
5:00
Room 1

Style Studio: Fashion Design & Sewing I

Style Studio: Fashion Design & Sewing I

Quarter(s):1, 2

What's on the runways in 2020? Wide disco collars, chic trench coats, and layered skirts in simmering neons, crochet knits, and faux leather. Do you study the pages of Glamour, Vogue, Marie Claire, and wish to be involved in the world of trendy fashion? Perhaps you follow fashion influencers on Instagram. Or, do you enjoy the satisfaction of making things yourself, your way? If so, this class is for you. Each week this course will cover three parallel tracks: the history of fashion, fashion design, and sewing, with the first hour of each class being lessons and design work and the second hour dedicated to application and sewing.

Fashion trends are often cyclical, and elements of style are reimagined every few decades. Students will seek inspiration for new designs and style remixes by learning about the history of fashion in eastern and western cultures for the last century. First semester, students will look at fashion trends by decade from 1900 through the 1960s. This semester will cover chapters 1 through 3 in the textbook.

With inspiration from historical design trends, students will learn how to create fashion renderings, from initial concepts through a chic, coordinated collection. First semester, the class will learn about color theory, color psychology, and composing color palettes. They will learn to draw their designs by sketching a croquis (a quick, rough sketch of a garments on a proportioned figure.) Students will practice vision boarding and developing a story board.

In this class, students will also learn to sew clothing as way of sharing- and wearing- fashions that they have designed. First semester, students will begin by getting-to-know their sewing machines including different components, attachments, and functions, along with care and use if their machines. Students will begin with simple stitching exercises, and their first project will be sewing a pin cushion that they will use throughout the year. The class will also learn the basics of hand sewing. The class will discover how garments are assembled by deconstructing an article of clothing from its seams. The group will learn how to read a sewing pattern and take measurements and will learn about different types of fabrics, their uses, and care. The group will learn about hems and elastic along with closures and how/where to use them. First semester's project will be sewing a custom pair of PJ pants.

Students who practice at home will find that their sewing skills are refined and perfected more quickly. However, due to the complexity of constructing wearable, functional pieces of clothing, students should understand that by the end of the year, their sewn items will be more basic than the complex designs they render in the fashion design portion of the class. It takes years of practice before designers can create the complete, detailed collection that they have designed!

Topics in this Series: Style Studio: Fashion Design and Sewing I (Semester 1), Style Studio: Fashion Design and Sewing I (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

Prerequisites: First semester- none. A student who wishes to enroll in the second semester must know some of the beginning sewing and artistic skills (equivalent to first semester) and will require instructor approval to enroll.

Levels: There will be different levels of the sewing instruction: a basic pattern for those new to the craft and a more complex version of the same project for those with more advanced sewing knowledge. Interested students with advanced sewing skills may take the course and sew their own projects during the second hour. These students would be asked to review their projects with the instructor in advance.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class on reading assignments and completing or practicing the sewing skill/step covered in class.

Assignments: Projects and readings will be given out in class and will also be communicated via email.

Assessments: Individual feedback is given in class. Formal assessments will not be given.

Textbook: Students should purchase Fundamentals of Fashion Design, 3rd Edition, by Richard Sorger and Jenny Udale (ISBN# 978-1474270007) before the first class. Additional information will be distributed as handouts in class.

Equipment/Fabric: Students must bring to class each week:

  • A portable sewing machine with bobbins. If you are purchasing a new sewing machine for the class, a Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine, 4400 series, model is recommended. These can be purchased from Amazon or Joann Fabrics for $160-$180. Students who are bringing a pre-owed or loaned sewing machine are expected to have the machine professionally serviced before the start of class.
  • The sewing machine owner's manual
  • An extension cord
  • Fabric for class assignments. A list of needed fabric and sewing patterns will be sent out the first day of class, with the recommended quantity, type, and deadlines.
  • Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a project box, including a sewing kit (with 1 pack of sewing machine needles, thread, and hand sewing essentials), sketchpad, folder, tracing paper, colored pencils, eraser. The supply fee also includes the shared cost and use of a lightbox for tracing. The cost of photocopied class documents is included in the course fee.

    What to Bring: Instructor-furnished sewing kit, art supplies, sewing machine, bobbins, owner's manual, extension cord, fabric, and images/sample photos, swatches, and other assigned materials.

    Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts or Career Education for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Opens Jun 1 6:00 am

    12:00 pm-1:55 pm

    9th-12th

    (Semester Long)

    Room 5

    Investigative Archaeology- Field Methods

    Investigative Archaeology- Field Methods

    Quarter(s):1, 2

    Archaeology is the field of study that unlocks the clues to past civilizations. Forensic archaeology applies these methods to solve puzzles. In this class, students will use physical evidence to try to understand or re-create what happened to an individual through life, death, and burial or to an object though its creation, use, and after it was lost, buried, or discarded. Students will practice field archaeological techniques such as surveys, excavation, and mapping, as well as documentation, analysis, and illustration of human material culture. This archaeological lab will be guided by a scholar of art and antiquity. Dr. Erica Hughes has traveled and participated in archaeological explorations throughout the ancient world. Students will "dig" her personal photos and stories. Class discussions, group activities, and individual hands-on experiences are designed to help teens understand the creation, recovery, and conservation of artifacts and remains.

    First semester, students will learn the field component of investigative archaeology. The class will first learn to plan their trench on grid paper and then practice actual excavation techniques in a field square. Students will learn to use the baulk trimming method in addition to using a total station and plumb bob. The instructor will teach methods of recording stratigraphy, drawing sections and trenches, and documenting artifacts through site photography and sketching. The class will learn about lighting, angles, and scales for photographing their finds. Archaeological illustration of bones, figurines, and pottery, metal, and stone vessels will be taught with pencil, and students will ink their best work for a grade.

    Topics in this Series: Field Methods (Semester 1), Forensics (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

    Prerequisites: 8th grade students may only enroll in this course if they successfully completed one of Dr. Hughes' 2019-20 archaeology classes.

    Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class.

    Assignments: All assignments will be posted on password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments, upload homework, take automated quizzes and tests, track grades, and message instructor and classmates

    Assessments: Points will be assigned for class activities and demonstration of field techniques in addition to a semester project.

    Textbook/Materials: A pdf version of the required textbook will be posted on the class Canvas site for reading assignments.

    Supplies/Equipment: Students should purchase and bring with them each week the following tools and supplies:

  • - Archaeology Trowel- Recommended model (Digitup.com): Eco Archaeology Trowel- Soft Grip Handle. (Note: trowels from garden stores tend to have the wrong shape and are unsuitable.)
  • - Sketching Kit- Recommended model (Amazon): Drawing and Sketching Pencil Set in Zippered Carrying Case. (Includes: 6B, 5B, 4B,3B, 2B, B, HB, H, 2H, 3H, 4H, and 5H pencils as well as an eraser, pencil sharpener, and a sketch pad.)
  • Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Social Sciences for purposes of a high school transcript.

    Opens Jun 1 6:00 am

    12:00 pm-1:25 pm

    9th-12th

    (Semester Long)