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Fine Arts

Fine Arts at RHS is divided into three areas including Visual Arts, Theater and Forensics, and Music. One semester of Fine Arts and one semester of Oral Communications is required for graduation. The additional fine art courses can be taken as elective credits and are encouraged for students interested in the Arts, Audio-Visual Technology and Communications career cluster.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts at RHS promote mastery on several levels. The beginning levels emphasize gaining a degree of mastery of basic drawing techniques, design, and color theory. Experiences are provided in ceramics, printmaking, painting, and commercial art, where career awareness is stressed. Each of the advanced art courses build on these beginning skills. Each course is a full year course and meets the 1/2 credit fine arts requirement for graduation.  

Courses offered at RHS include:

  • Art 1 - 10th, 11th, and 12th
  • *Pre-AP Art II - 10th, 11th, and 12th 
  • *AP Studio Art - 11th and 12th
  • *Pre-AP Art III - 11th and 12th
  • *Art History I and II - 10th, 11th, and 12th 

*Denotes Honor Courses

Theatre and Forensics

Theatre and Forensics at RHS include a variety of course options. The Theatre Performance I course focuses on learning and demonstrating mastery of theatre academic and performance skills, while Theatre II and III students focus on the practical application of skills developed in Theatre I. Theatre students participate in both fall and spring performances held at the Center for the Arts.
Stagecraft I provides students with both exposure to and experience in all elements of technical theatre, including scenery, props, lighting, sound, costume, and make-up. Stagecraft II and III work with students to advance these skills. These students work behind the scenes in the fall and spring performances to make theatre productions run smoothly.
Forensics and Debate provide students with an understanding of the dynamics of effective oral communication when speaking, listening, and responding. Students enrolled in these classes are required to attend tournaments and festivals throughout the year. Debate may be taken in place of Oral Communications for 1/2 credit for graduation.
Each course offered in Theatre and Forensics meets the requirement of 1/2 fine art credit for graduation.

Courses offered at RHS include: 

  • Theatre Appreciation - 10th, 11th, and 12th  (semester course) 
  • Theatre I, II & III - 10th, 11th, and 12th
  • Stagecraft I, II & III - 10th, 11th, and 12th
  • Debate I & II - 10th, 11th, and 12th
  • Forensics I, II, & III - 10th, 11th, and 12th

*Denotes Honor Courses

Music

Band is the instrumental portion of the RHS music program. Any student who has had one year of band prior to entering RHS may enroll in band. Band students perform at various athletic events and related parades as well as concerts, festivals, solo and ensemble, and local productions throughout the school year.
Choir is the vocal portion of the RHS music program. Any student many enroll in the Concert Choir at RHS without prior experience. The RHS Chamber Choir is for students with prior choral experience and sight reading abilities. The student must audition and will be selected by the choir director. Students in Chamber Choir must participate in all-region and all-state auditions, region choral festivals as well as local concert performances.
AP Music Theory is recommended for students planning to major or minor in music in college.
Music Technology is a hands-on course that exposes students to technology-enhanced music creation using software such as Sound Forge, Pro Tools and other web-based applications while exploring the real world applications of music technology.

Courses offered at RHS include: 

  • Band - 10th, 11th, and 12th
  • Music Appreciation - 10th, 11th, and 12th (semester course)
  • *Advanced Placement Music Theory - 11th and 12th
  • Concert Choir - 10th, 11th, and 12th
  • Chamber Choir - 10th, 11th, and 12th 
  • Music Technology A & B - 10th, 11th, and 12th 

*Denotes Honor Courses

For more detailed information on courses offered at RHS, please check the 2017-18 Academic Handbook in the documents section of this webpage. The information on Fine Arts can be found on pages 48-53.