Coed, independent, PK-12th grade school in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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  • 2D Portfolio

    The 2D Portfolio course is designed for students who wish to continue with Studio Art, but have chosen not to take AP Studio Art. Students in this class pursue a self-directed exploration of a medium or media of their choice with the goal of creating a series of portfolio quality works.
  • 3D Design Honors

    Students in their third year of 3D Design may be recommended for Honors 3D Design. At this level, students will begin to develop a portfolio of work that reflects their own unique artistic voice. Technical skills are reinforced and students are encouraged to focus on either functional pottery or sculpture. At this level, students have the option to work with a variety of media, including wood, wire, metal and found objects. Individual and group critiques are conducted to challenge each student to analyze and understand their strengths and weaknesses as an artist working in the 21st century. Creative thought is cultivated through research assignments, discussion, and slide shows.
  • 3D Portfolio

    This class is designed for students in the 4th year of 3D Design who wish to continue in the subject but have chosen not to take AP 3D Design. Students pursue a self-directed exploration in the media of their choice with the goal of creating a series of portfolio quality work.

    This class is an excellent option for a committed student to continue in the subject without the added pressure of submitting work to the College Board.
  • Advanced 3D Design

    Students will be challenged to cultivate craftsmanship, innovative thought and creative exploration throughout the artistic process. They will reference both historical and contemporary objects through research, replication and study. Students will receive advanced instruction in creating unity and tension between surface and form and what role contemporary crafts play in our culture.

    This class encourages its members to take ownership of their own learning. Some projects are tailored to each individual’s artistic ambition. Advanced 3D Design is open to students in grades 10-12 who have successfully completed Intro to 3D Design.
  • Advanced Band

    Advanced Band is an instrumental performance class designed for students who have completed at least two years of study in a wind, string or percussion instrument. Through the performance of music of the highest quality, students develop a good characteristic sound, technical facility and rhythmic skills. The Concert Band performs on many occasions throughout the year, and is an audition based ensemble open to students in grades 9-12.
  • Advanced Band Honors

    Advanced Band is an instrumental performance class designed for students who have completed at least two years of study in a wind, string or percussion instrument. Through the performance of music of the highest quality, students develop a good characteristic sound, technical facility and rhythmic skills. The Concert Band performs on many occasions throughout the year, and is an audition based ensemble open to students in grades 9-12. 

    Students must be recommended for Advanced Band Honors.
  • Advanced Digital Filmmaking

    Students in this class will focus on screenwriting and story structure. Each member of the class will be responsible for writing treatments, scene outlines, story-boards, screenplays and shooting scripts for two or more short narrative films. Editing techniques are reinforced in Adobe Premier Pro, the industry standard. A prerequisite for this course is Digital Filmmaking and/or instructor approval.
  • Advanced Graphic Design

    In this course, students review and expand their technical and artistic skills using Adobe Creative Cloud, the industry standard software. Working in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Bridge, advanced students work to develop their individual artistic voice and graphic style. Students are encouraged to take ownership of their own learning, and projects are tailored to each individual’s artistic ambition. Regular critiques teach the language skills necessary for analyzing and evaluating artwork. This course pushes students to create original photos and vector based artwork for both print and web applications. It is a prerequisite for Honors Graphic Design.
  • Advanced Playwriting / Screenwriting Honors

    This course is open to students who have previously taken Playwriting / Screenwriting.
  • Advanced Studio Art

    This course is a continuation of Studio Art and builds on the information, skills and techniques developed in that class. Course content is tailored to accommodate the individual development of each student's interests and skill level. As part of their assignments, students will be given the opportunity to choose from and work with a wide variety of materials. The objective is for students to continue to develop technical aptitude and confidence with a variety of media. Personal expression and the creation of portfolio quality work are also explored. (The Intro course is a prerequisite for Advanced Studio Art. However, a student with previous experience and departmental approval may take the course without having taken the introductory class.)
  • AP 3D Design

    Students in their fourth year of 3D Design (or with departmental approval) may be recommended for AP 3D Design. The focus of this course is the creation of a portfolio for submission to the College Board during the fourth quarter of the school year. Composed of 24 works and divided into three parts (Concentration, Breadth, and Quality), completion of the portfolio reflects a high level of commitment to the subject. Students work with the instructor to identify and cultivate a creative theme for the portfolio. A written artist statement is required for submission. 
  • AP Art History

    The AP Art History course is open to 10th-12th grade students who have completed the Humanities course or who have the teacher's recommendation. It is designed to provide students with an understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of architecture, sculpture, painting, and other art forms within historical and cultural contexts. Students will learn to look at works of art critically, with knowledge and sensitivity, and to articulate what they see or experience. Students who achieve this goal may receive advanced placement and/or college credit at many colleges or universities upon passing the AP exam in the spring.
  • AP Graphic Design

    Students in their fourth year of Graphic Design (or with departmental approval) may be recommended for AP Graphic Design. The focus of this course is the creation of a portfolio for submission to the College Board during the fourth quarter of the school year. Composed of 24 works and divided into three parts (Concentration, Breadth and Quality), completion of the portfolio reflects a high level of commitment to the study of Graphic Design. Students work with the instructor to identify and cultivate a creative theme for the portfolio. A written artist statement is required for submission. 
  • AP Music Theory

    In order to take AP Music Theory, a student must have had three years of instrumental music or successfully completed the course in Music Theory. This course is an in-depth study of the basic materials and processes of music as found in compositions for keyboard, orchestra and/or voice. Areas of study include rudiments of music, analysis of music, melodic dictation, harmonic dictation, sight singing, composition, and four-part writing.
  • AP Studio Art: 2D

    The focus of this course is the creation of a portfolio for submission to the College Board during the fourth quarter of a student's senior year. Composed of 24 works and divided into three parts (Concentration, Breadth, and Quality), completion of the portfolio produced during this class reflects a high level of commitment to the study and making of visual art.
  • AP Studio Art: Photography

    The focus of this course is the creation of a portfolio for submission to the College Board during the fourth quarter of a student's senior year. Composed of 24 works and divided into three parts (Concentration, Breadth, and Quality), completion of the portfolio produced during this class reflects a high level of commitment to the study of photography.
  • Applied Guitar

    With no prerequisites, this course is open to students in grades 9-12. The course teaches the fundamentals of the guitar as well as basic music reading of notes in the first position, chord changes, strumming techniques, and the fundamentals of improvisation and performance. Students are encouraged to suggest popular songs that they wish to learn. Improvisation is taught as a team effort with one student playing a chord progression while another is encouraged to improvise a melody. This imbues cooperation and listening skills while teaching valuable musical concepts.
  • Digital Film

    This is a team-taught course that will introduce students to a wide array of filmmaking skills and techniques including screenwriting, story boarding, acting, videography, lighting, costume direction, non-linear video editing, sound recording and special effects. The software used, Adobe Premier Pro, is the industry standard for digital editing. Students will work in both small groups and individually to create short films. Movies from a variety of genre will also be shown and discussed.
  • Digital Film Honors

    Students in their third year of Digital Filmmaking (or with departmental approval) may be recommended for Honors Digital Filmmaking. Students in this class take a leadership role in filming, shooting, and editing narrative film, documentaries, and experimental video. Editing skills are further strengthened and students work with green screens, special effects, and multiple cameras. A high level of interest and commitment is required for students entering this honors level course.
  • Digital Sculpting & Animation (New for 2017-18)

    Elective
    Prerequisite: None

    The course introduces students to the fundamentals and history of traditional, frame by frame (flip) and 3D animation and their principles. Sketching and drawing (pencil and digital), painting, and other design techniques such as story-boarding are taught. Integration of audio is also discussed and practiced.  Students learn how to digitally sculpt and eventually put their creations into motion. 3D printed models of the projects will also be created. “The making of” videos are also shown to provide students a better understanding of the design process and appreciation for the artistic and analytical processes involved.

    This course is primarily project-based. A final portfolio of works, digital and physical, is expected.
  • Graphic Design Honors

    Students in their third year of Graphic Design (or with departmental approval) may be recommended for Honors Graphic Design. At this level, students will begin to develop a portfolio of work that reflects their unique individual style. Individual and group critiques are conducted to challenge each student to analyze and understand their strengths and weaknesses as an artist working in the 21st century. Students work closely with the instructor to discuss the political, economic, and social context of graphic design and art from around the world. Technical skills are reinforced through tutorials, and independent thought is cultivated through discussion, writing and slideshows.
  • Humanities I: 19th Century Arts & Ideas

    An introductory course focusing on the ideas that influenced the music, theatre and visual arts making the 19th century a unique and exciting time period. The course will include guest lecturers from various fields. This course can be taken for Honors credit.
  • Humanities II: The 20th Century and Beyond

    This course of contemporary studies builds on the arts and ideas covered in Humanities I, and explores the unique circumstances of the 20th century that set the stage for today's diverse trends. The course will also include guest lecturers in various fields of study. This course can be taken for Honors credit.
  • Intermediate Band (New for 2017-2018)

    Intermediate Band is an instrumental performance class designed to prepare students for Advanced Band. Through the performance of music of the highest quality, students develop a good characteristic sound, technical facility, and rhythmic skills. Although Intermediate Band is tailored to freshmen instrumentalists, students in grades 10-12 may take the course and partake in a mentorship capacity. The Concert Band performs on many occasions throughout the year and is open to students in grades 9-12.
  • Intro to 3D Design

    This course introduces students to the process of creating both sculpture and functional art. Working mainly in clay, students will become familiar with wheel throwing, coil building, hollow forming, carving and a variety of decorating techniques. Student will become fluent in realizing their ideas visually and using language to better evaluate and critique artwork. The course introduces students to contemporary sculpture and craft, as well as specific historic periods. The approach is global and artwork is discussed and analyzed from both a western and non-western perspective. Students will begin to develop the technical skills necessary to finding their own artistic voice and individual style.

    This course is a prerequisite for Advanced 3D Design and open to grades 9-12.
  • Intro to Graphic Design

    In this course, students will explore the creative and commercial possibilities of digital design. Using Adobe Creative Cloud, the industry standard software, students will become familiar with all aspects of the artistic process. The course will explore digital photography, image compositing, working in layers, and designing for print. This is an art course that utilizes computer software to introduce students to the Principles of Art and Elements of Design.

    It is open to grades 9-12 and is a prerequisite for Advanced Computer Graphics.
  • Intro to Photography

    This is a beginning course, and is a prerequisite for Photography Honors. Open to grades 10Ð12, the course emphasizes two major areas of black and white photography: technique and visual awareness. Students begin with a review of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design as they relate to the medium. Learning about the processes involved in taking, developing, and printing black and white negatives follows, with darkroom rules and procedures being emphasized. The work of a variety of photographers and a brief history of the medium are also introduced throughout the course.
  • Intro to Recording Arts and Music Production (New for 2017-2018)

    With the recent innovation of high quality and low-cost software and hardware, the tools of music production are now available to everyone. Albums are made at home as well as in studios. On the surface, this is exciting and liberating. Anyone can make an album for the low cost of a couple pieces of gear and a software package. But, if you dig deeper, you will find that it is not so easy. Producing music requires knowledge, discipline, dedication, and creativity. 

    Offered as a Blended Classroom course: Instruction will take place online via Power Learning and supported by two Shorecrest teachers. Pass/Fail basis.
    .25 credits per semester. May be taken either or both semesters.
  • Intro to Studio Art

    This is a beginning art course, and is a prerequisite for Advanced Studio Art. Open to students in grades 9 through 12, the course offers an opportunity for self-expression utilizing two dimensions: height and width - a flat surface. A variety of dry and wet media - along with drawing, painting, and printing techniques - are introduced. The artworks and styles of different peoples, time periods and cultures are explored, and an understanding of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design is emphasized.
  • Intro to Theatre

    Introduction to Theatre is designed to provide students with practical knowledge and working experience in living theatre. Students will hone their acting skills through improvisation, scene work, and performances before young audiences. Play writing skills will be introduced as well as musical theatre and dance. Students taking this course will be expected to perform at various functions throughout the year. This course may be taken as a one-semester course in the Fall or as a full-year course.
  • iPad Ensemble

    Spring semester, .5 credit hours, grades 9-12.
    No previous music experience needed. 

    Inspired by the USF faculty band “Touch”, the iPad Music Ensemble gives students the opportunity to play various styles of music without needing to read music notation.

    iPad World Music Ensemble uses the multitude of instruments found on the Garage Band app to play rock, pop, and world musics.

    This course may be taken along with World Music Drumming to receive a full Fine Arts credit.
  • Music Theory Honors

    Music Theory Honors is open to any student with experience in reading and performing music. The course is a study of the materials and processes used in the performance and composition of music of various styles including rock, jazz, and classical. Areas of study include rudiments of music, melodic composition, harmonization of melodies, and arranging existing works in various settings.
  • Musical Theatre

    Open to 10th -12th graders, this course is designed for those who wish to further their participation in Theatre. Students will continue to hone their acting skill through improvisation and scene work. The team-taught course will integrate acting techniques along with music and dance, thus enabling each student to gain experience in the world of drama and musical theatre.
  • Photography Honors

    A student recommended to a second year of Photography may elect to take Honors Photography. Through a series of assignments based on major themes of the medium (light and shadow, depth of field, movement, etc.), students build on the information, skills and techniques developed in the Intro class. The expressive potential of the medium is explored, and personal expression is strongly emphasized. Students choosing to take this course also begin work on an Advanced Placement portfolio during fourth quarter.
  • Playwriting / Screenwriting

    With no prerequisites, this course is open to all Upper Division students. This unique course introduces two distinctive techniques that give students the understanding and ability to use dramatic structure, scene structure, correct format, and other applications employed by professional stage and screen writers, in order to create viable, compelling, dramatic works. In addition, the course teaches students how to better observe and understand human behavior with its needs and motivations. It widens the student's knowledge and comprehension of both American and World Theatre. Upon the completion of the writing of "exercise" scenes using various learned techniques, students will create original one-act plays which will be entered into various national and local competitions. Similarly, during the screenwriting semester, original short screenplays will be created and some will be selected to be filmed and presented.
  • Stagecraft 1 – 4

    Stagecraft is designed to introduce students to the educational and practical side of scenic construction and design. The course focuses on non-powered and powered hand tools, construction supplies and techniques, scenic design, and steel/welding.

    Students will participate on the featured productions at Shorecrest, both in the class and after school. Students will take on leadership roles in the class to accomplish the productions. Stagecraft is a semester-long course, and may be taken concurrently with numerical courses. Courses 2 and forward are an honors credit. 
  • Studio Art Honors

    A student in their third year of Studio Art (or with departmental approval) may be recommended for and elect to take Honors Studio Art. This course addresses selected media and techniques, visual awareness, and related terminology. Once again, course content is tailored to accommodate the individual development of each student's interests and skill level, and personal expression is strongly emphasized. Students choosing this course also begin work on an Advanced Placement portfolio.
  • Theatre Technology 1 – 4

    Theatre Technology introduces students to the world of technical theatre in an educational and practical setting. The course focuses on electrical theory and practice, lighting, sound, and special effects for theatre, concerts, and film. Students will participate on the featured productions at Shorecrest, both in the class and after school. Students will take on leadership roles in the class to accomplish the productions.

    Theatre Technology is a semester-long course, and may be taken concurrently with numerical courses. Courses 2 and forward are an honors credit. It is recommended to take Stagecraft 1 before Theatre Technology.
  • World Music Drumming

    Fall semester, .5 credit hours, grades 9-12.
    No previous music experience needed. 

    World Music Drumming is a course that offers experiences with hand percussion instruments and rhythms found in Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. Students will gain experience playing the ngoma, tubano, djembe, shaker, guiro, claves, maracas, gongokui, and shekere and study the cultural influences and rhythms that make certain regional and cultural music sound unique. Songs will progress from beginner to advanced.

    This course may be taken along with iPad Music Ensemble to receive a full Fine Arts credit.
  • Charla Gaglio

    Co-Chair Arts & Humanities Dept, US Art Teacher
    727-522-2111 x639
    2013
  • Cheryl Lee

    Co-Chair US Arts Department, Choreographer
    2013
  • William Leavengood

    US Theatre Teacher
    727-522-2111 x640
    Shorecrest Preparatory School
    2013
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  • Michael McCarthy

    Guest Musical Director
    2013
  • Bradley Miller

    Theatre Manager and Technical Director
    727-456-7537
    2013
  • Aaron Sober

    US Art Teacher
    727-522-2111 x619
    2014
  • Stacie Steinke

    US Music/Vocal Instructor
    2017
  • Ethan Updike

    Band Director
    727-522-2111 x641
    2015

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Shorecrest Preparatory School
5101 First Street Northeast
St Petersburg, FL 33703
Phone: (727) 522-2111  |  Fax: (727) 527-4191

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Shorecrest Preparatory School is a private, non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students preschool through high school, located in St. Petersburg, Florida.