Fine Arts



Fine Arts


Robert Andrews, Director
(678) 301-7015
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Description of Program

Students enrolled in Gwinnett County Public Schools' Fine Arts (GCPS) programs receive quality instruction in dance, music, theatre arts, and visual arts. The Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) represent the GCPS standards of excellence for all Fine Arts students and scaffold from grade to grade, ensuring that students are immersed in arts experiences.

Gwinnett County Public Schools' Fine Arts students participate in numerous local, statewide, regional, national, and international festivals and competitions, and are known for their excellent performance standards. The continued enthusiasm and support of the central and local level administrators, community, parents, and students enable the GCPS Fine Arts programs to achieve world-class standards and to remain an essential element in a complete educational program.

Elementary School
Music and visual arts instruction is provided to elementary students on a regular basis. Certified art and music specialists direct the programs in the elementary schools. Many schools have choruses, recorder ensembles, and art clubs that provide an outlet for talented and motivated students.

Middle School
Art, general music, and drama programs are “connection” classes which are offered to middle school students. Band, chorus, and orchestra classes are performance ensembles which are also offered to middle school students. Certified teachers direct all Fine Arts programs, and students are instructed based on the adopted AKS for these programs.

High School
Dance, instrumental and choral music, theatre arts, and visual arts are elective Fine Arts courses at the high school level. Offerings at both beginning and advanced levels are provided at all schools based on the needs and interests of the students, with appropriate AKS instruction for each course.

Academic Knowledge and Skills
The AKS for Fine Arts instruction uniquely embraces a performance- and standards-based curriculum that is sequential and developmentally appropriate for all learners. All areas and grade levels have revised AKS documents that are correlated with the system adopted core textbooks and resources, and the state curriculum. Working within the AKS framework, each school designs its programs to meet the unique needs of its own students.

A variety of classroom and teacher assessments is used to determine what students know and can do based on the AKS for that level. Teacher assessment for the Fine Arts classes includes computer-generated tests from the item bank databases, paper-and-pencil tests, portfolios, and authentic assessments including periodic performance tasks. System wide end-of-semester exams at the high school level assess each student’s progress in all skill areas. Student success is further promoted through statewide auditions, evaluations, and exhibitions.

Core Materials
* = teacher resource
** = software

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
General Music (Grades K-5)Spotlight on Music - Macmillan/McGraw-Hill
DVD Player*
iPOD*
Bose Docking Station*
Master Tracks Pro**
Music Time**
Visual Arts (Grades K-5)Art Everywhere - Harcourt
Corefx**
IBM C400 DLP Projector
MIDDLE SCHOOL
Band (Grade 6)Band Expressions (w/ CD) - Warner Bros. (Alfred)
Essentials of Music Theory (Vol. 1-3) **
Sibelius 5 **
Band (Grades 7-8)Essential Elements for Jazz (w/ CD) - Hal Leonard
Foundations for a Superior Performance - Kjos
Essentials of Music theory (Vol. 1-3) **
Chorus (Grades 6-8)Experiencing Choral Music - Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
Sibelius 5 **
Auralia **
Musition **
Finale 2008 **
Chorus (Grade 8)Sight -Singing for SSA – Hal Leonard
General Music (Grades 6-8)Spotlight on Music - Macmillan/McGraw-Hill
Band in a Box 2008.5 **
Sibelius 5 **
Auralia **
Instruments **
MP3 Player/Docking Station *
H.O.T. Explore It - Class Guitar Resources
H.O.T. Beginning Level Ensemble Book - Class Guitar Resources
Orchestra (Grade 6)Essential Elements 2000 Book I (w/ Smart Music) - Hal Leonard
Essential Elements of Music Theory **
Orchestra (Grade 7)Essential Elements Book II - Hal Leonard
Essential Elements of Music Theory **
Orchestra (Grade 8)Essential Technique Book III - Hal Leonard
Essential Elements of Music Theory **
Theatre Arts (Grade 6)Exploring Theatre - Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
Theatre Arts (Grade 7)The Stage and The School - Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
Theatre Arts (Grade 8)Theatre: Art in Action - Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
Visual Arts (Grades 6-7)Scott Foresman Art - Scott Foresman
Visual Arts (Grade 8)Arttalk - Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
HIGH SCHOOL BAND
Advanced BandArtistry of Fundamentals - Alfred
Beginning BandRhythms and Rests - Alfred
Concert BandSymphonic Warm Ups for Band - Hal Leonard
Intermediate BandFoundations for Superior Performance - Kjos
Jazz BandEssential Elements for Jazz (w/ CD) - Hal Leonard
Symphonic BandEssentials of Music Theory **
Symphonic WindsBand in a Box 2008.5**
Sibelius 5 **
Finale 2008**
Cakewalk/Sonar 7
HIGH SCHOOL CHORAL MUSIC
Advanced Choral EnsembleExperiencing Choral Music - Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
Advanced Vocal EnsembleExperiencing Choral Music - Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
Beginning Choral EnsembleExperiencing Choral Music - Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
Intermediate Choral EnsembleExperiencing Choral Music - Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
Vocal EnsembleExperiencing Choral Music - Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
HIGH SCHOOL DANCE
Advanced DanceThe Language of Ballet - Princeton
The Ballet Book Workbook Series - Lewelyn and Company
Dance CompositionThe Dancer Prepares - McGraw-Hill Humanities
Intermediate DanceJump into Jazz - McGraw-Hill Humanities
Introduction to DanceInside Ballet Technique - Princeton
Theatre DanceJump into Jazz - McGraw-Hill Humanities
HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC
Advanced Music TechnologyReason 4.0 **
Beginning GuitarH.O.T. Explore It - Class Guitar Resources
H.O.T. Beginning Level Ensemble - Class Guitar Resources
Beginning Piano Keyboard TechniquesAdult Piano Adventures - FJH Music Company
Introduction to Music TechnologySibelius 5 **
Finale 2008**
Music HistoryThe Enjoyment of Music - WW Norton
Intermediate Music TechnologyBand in a Box 2008.5**
Cakewalk/Sonar 7 **
AP Music TheoryEssentials of Music Theory **
Music TheoryTonal Harmony - McGraw-Hill
HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA
Beginning OrchestraAdvanced Techniques for Strings - Hal Leonard
Chamber EnsembleSibelius 5 **
Concert OrchestraAuralia **
Philharmonic OrchestraInstruments **
Symphonic OrchestraNotes **
Musition **
HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE ARTS
ActingDrama for Reading and Performance Collection Two - Perfection Learning
Advanced DramaDrama for Reading and Performance Collection Two - Perfection Learning
Advanced Theatre WorkshopPlay Directors Survival Kit - Jossey-Bass/Pfieffer
Introduction to TheatreBasic Drama Projects - Perfection Learning
Musical Production WorkshopStage Make Up - Watson-Guptill
StagecraftVideo Series:
Introduction to Technical Theatre
Basic Theatre: Safety and Set Construction
Lighting for Theatre
Audio for Theatre
Set Design
Lighting Design
Theatre Production WorkshopShort Plays of Theatre Classics - Anchorage Press
HIGH SCHOOL VISUAL ARTS
AP Art HistoryLook! The Fundamentals of Art History - Prentice Hall
Gardner’s Art Through the Ages - Thomson
Gardner’s Art/ Exam Review - Thomson
Gardner’s Art/ Instruction Manual - Thomson
Gardner’s Art/ Multi Manager - Thomson
AP Studio ArtThe Art of Seeing - Prentice Hall
The Craft and Art of Clay - Prentice Hall
Architectural DesignThe Annotated Arch, Crash Course in History of Architecture - Andrews and McMeel
Art Synectics - Davis
Design Synectics - Davis
Architecture is Elementary - Gibbs Smith
Commercial Photography I:
Basic Black and White
Photography, 8th Ed. - Prentice Hall
Adobe CS Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, and In Design) **
Commercial Photography II:
Studio Techniques
50 Portrait Lighting Techniques - Watson- Guptill
Learning to Light - Guptill
Commercial Photography III:
Digital Photography
Adobe CS Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, and In Design) **
Commercial Photography IV:
Non-Traditional Printing Techniques
Coming Into Focus - Chronicle Books LLC
Computer Applications in ArtExploring Visual Design - Davis
Adobe CS Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, and In Design) **
Crafts DesignCrafts - Davis
The Jeweler’s Art - Davis
Drawing and PaintingExploring Painting - Davis
Drawing as Expression - Prentice Hall
Graphic DesignExploring Visual Design - Davis
Adobe CS Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, and In Design) **
Adobe Illustrator CS, Against the Clock - Prentice Hall
Adobe Photoshop CS, Against the Clock - Prentice Hall
Jewelry and MetalworkingComplete Metalsmithing - Davis
Complete Metalsmithing ProPlus Edition - Davis
Photo DesignA Short Course in Photography - Prentice Hall
Adobe CS Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, and In Design) **
PotteryExperience Clay - Davis
PrintmakingPrintmaking History and Process - Wadsworth/Thomson Learning
SculptureBeginning Sculpture - Davis
The Visual Experience - Davis
Three-Dimensional DesignDiscovering Art History - Davis
Exploring Visual Design - Davis
Two-Dimensional DesignExploring Visual Design - Davis
Art in Focus - Glencoe