Visual and Performing Arts
The West Orange Art Program offers a variety of visual and aesthetic art courses designed for high school students who wish to study art for personal enrichment, as well as for students considering an art-related career.
All students must complete a one-semester foundation course in studio art (Art 1A or Three-Dimensional Design 1), before proceeding to advanced studies. After the first semester, students may select specialized studio courses from two sequences, Art or Three-Dimensional Design. All visual arts courses stress the development of perceptual skills, drawing and composition.
Within the Art Sequence, students are offered a choice of ten courses in Studio Art. Studio Art includes advanced drawing, design, painting, graphics and sculpture (Art 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3, 4). Juniors and seniors, with permission, may enroll in Honors Art 4 or Advanced Placement Studio Art to produce portfolios designed to earn up to six advanced placement college credits.
The Three-Dimensional Design Sequence includes four one-semester courses offering progressive studies in ceramics, fiber, jewelry, printmaking and sculpture (Three-Dimensional Design 1, 2, 3, 4,). Three-Dimensional Design 5 is offered as a full year elective for Juniors and Seniors.
The West Orange music program offers a wide variety of musical experiences designed to meet the needs of all students. In addition to credit-bearing courses in vocal music, music literature, instrumental music, piano lab and music theory, high school students may elect to participate in a number of co-curricular music activities, such as Marching Band, Winter Color Guard, Indoor Percussion and Jazz Band I and II. The annual school musical production offers special opportunities for vocalists; "Pit Orchestra" offers the same for instrumentalists. As student interests expand, the music department seeks to meet their needs with appropriate clubs and activities.
Performing music courses include band and orchestral studies for student instrumentalists (who must have studied an instrument previously), and a variety of choral music classes for beginning singers to advanced soloists. In addition, the high school offers Music Theory and Advanced Placement Music Theory for music students wishing to qualify for college credits through the Advanced Placement Testing Program of the College Board. “Music in Our World” is a high-interest, hands-on course that provides musical understanding for personal pleasure. Honors Wind Ensemble, Honors Chamber Orchestra and Honors Chamber Choir (weighted) courses are available to advanced students seeking enhanced recital experiences and performance chamber ensembles.