John RaskyCoordinator for Fine Arts
Phone: (757) 603-6458
Fax: (757) 253-6722
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Arts & Theatre

Arts education, a vital part of the curriculum at all grade-levels is designed to transmit knowledge, skills and expand an appreciation for various cultures. Personal growth and satisfaction are acquired as students strive for quality in individual and group performance and production. All schools offer theatre instruction through an approved curriculum.

Each school participates in Theatre Performance Activities throughout the year to showcase students in all grades in the visual and performing arts. Numerous partnerships with region, community and civic organizations exist to promote the arts in the WJCC schools.

Music

The WJCC music programs are a vital part of the curriculum at all grade-levels and are designed to transmit knowledge, skills and expand an appreciation for various cultures. Personal growth and satisfaction are acquired as students strive for quality in individual and group performance activities. All schools offer a variety of music offerings that support the overall curriculum and provide children opportunities for artistic expression.  Our Secondary Schools offer an extensive study in instrumental and vocal music instruction through an approved curriculum. Instrumental instruction for both band and strings starts in the 5th grade.

WJCC music students and the building based musical ensembles are active participants in the numerous activities sponsored by the Virginia Band & Orchestra Directors Association and the Virginia Choral Directors Association.  Many of our Secondary Ensembles are recognized as some of the highest quality within the Commonwealth.  Each school participates in Fine Arts Festival Activities throughout the year to showcase students in all grades in the visual and performing arts. Numerous partnerships with region, community and civic organizations exist to promote the arts in the WJCC schools.

Middle School Course Offerings

Theatre Arts – Grade 7

Course ID: 1400|

This course focuses on the acting skills necessary to communicate a story and character to an audience.The culmination of this ...

Orchestra – Grade 8

Course ID: 9237|

This orchestra course is designed to increase the proficiency of a musician on his/her individual instrument.The class includes the study ...

Orchestra – Grade 7

Course ID: 9236|

This orchestra course is designed to train a student to become a proficient musician on his/her individual instrument.The class includes ...

Band – Grade 8

Course ID: Brass8, Percussion8, Woodwinds8|

This course is designed to increase the proficiency of a musician on his/her individual instrument.The class includes three basic areas: ...

Band – Grade 7

Course ID: Brass, Percussion7, Woodwinds7|

This course is designed to train a student to become a proficient musician on his/her individual instrument.The class includes three ...

Intermediate Band – Grade 6

Course ID: Brass6, Percussion6, Woodwinds6|

This band course is designed for the continuing musician.The program includes three basic areas: brass, woodwinds, and percussion. Extracurricular music ...

Beginning Band – Grade 6

Course ID: 9230|

This band course is designed for the beginning musician.The class includes three basic areas: brass, woodwinds, and percussion.Extracurricular music performance ...

Choir – Grade 8

Course ID: 9271|

Students build upon the skills and knowledge acquired at the intermediate level.As students perform choral works and sight-read materials, they ...

Choir – Grade 7

Course ID: 9270|

Students will build upon the skills and knowledge acquired at the beginning level.Students continue the development of vocal production techniques ...

Beginning Choir – Grade 6

Course ID: 9269|

Students will develop musical knowledge and skills in the choral setting.Students begin to develop choral skills, including singing in unison ...

General Music – Grade 6

Course ID: Exp6|

Students will continue acquiring musical knowledge and skills by singing, playing instruments, performing rhythms, moving to music, composing, and improvising.Students ...

Advanced Art – Grade 8

Course ID: 9115ADV|

This course is designed for advanced art students who are ready for high school level instruction.Students are introduced to the ...

Art – Grade 8

Course ID: 9115|

The elements and principles of design continue to be stressed at this level.Expression of feelings through art media and communication ...

Art – Grade 7

Course ID: 9104|

Visual communication, design principles and drawing are stressed at this level.Objectives reflect concern for realistic representation and an interest in ...

Art – Grade 6

Course ID: Exp6|

Emphasis at this level is on use of design elements for expression and communication.A focus is on the role of ...

High School Course Offerings

Advanced Theatre Studio

Course ID: 1418SB|

The major emphasis of this course is to provide for the continued growth and development of a student’s acting and ...

Technical Theatre

Course ID: 1436SB|

Technical Theater focuses on the application of stage and performance principles and how they relate to the design, construction, and ...

Stage Movement

Course ID: 1417SB|

This course will allow students to exercise physical skills, coordination, and collaboration through the practice of dance methodologies.Students will explore ...

Acting and Directing

Course ID: 1416SB|

Course continues to build upon skills introduced in Theater Foundation, including developing concentration and focus, characterizations, physical agility, and creativity ...

Musical Theatre

Course ID: 1415SB|

The Musical Theater program is designed to train actors in a wide range of skills, techniques, and experiences that provide ...

Theatre Foundations

Course ID: 1414SB|

The purpose of this course is an overview of theatre as a form of art that involves participation as performers ...

Honors Choir

Course ID: 9390|

This class is for experienced, dedicated students seeking a higher-level performance ensemble experience.Individualized course work will provide students an opportunity ...

Advanced Choir

Course ID: 9389|

This class is for the experienced and performance oriented musician.Techniques studied will be expanded upon to include more advanced vocal ...

Beginning/Intermediate Choir

Course ID: 9385|

Students will develop choral skills through singing, in unison and harmony, with an emphasis on vocal production and techniques.Students will ...

Honors Orchestra

Course ID: 9342|

Honors Orchestra is an advanced elective orchestra class for experienced, dedicated, and advanced students seeking a higher-level ensemble experience.In addition ...

Advanced Orchestra

Course ID: 9339|

Consisting of violin, viola, cello, and bass, this class will emphasize detailed work on orchestral and ensemble literature as well ...

Orchestra

Course ID: 9338|

Consisting of violin, viola, cello, and bass, this string orchestra class will emphasize playing technique and hand position to develop ...

Jazz Ensemble

Course ID: 9250SB|

Instruction will emphasize the study of Jazz literature and improvisation.Participants must be enrolled in their regular band or string class ...

Honors Band

Course ID: 9344|

Honors Woodwind/Brass/Percussion is an advanced elective band class for experienced, dedicated and advanced students seeking a higher-level ensemble experience.In addition ...

Advanced Band

Course ID: 9334|

Consisting of woodwinds, brass, and percussion, this class emphasizes detailed work on band and ensemble literature as well as individual ...

Music Appreciation

Course ID: 9234SB|

Music Appreciation is a non-performing introductory music course with novice students wishing to earn a fine arts credit in music.The ...

Portfolio Art I – Drawing

Course ID: 9137SB|

This course is for students with well-developed art skills seriously interested in developing a portfolio suitable for college entrance. This ...

Ceramics

Course ID: 9160SB|

Ceramics will be interspaced with pottery and sculpture to allow coverage of basic hand building, wheel throwing, and surface treatments.The ...

Materials Studies

Course ID: 9161SB|

Students will receive instruction in the technical skills of planning, designing, and creating original works of art in a wide ...

Photography and Communication Design

Course ID: 9193SB|

Students will receive instruction in digital and traditional 35mm photography.Adobe Photoshop applications, film development, and darkroom procedures will be taught.This ...

Painting and Printmaking

Course ID: 9147SB|

Students will receive technical instruction in the use of acrylics, watercolors, and oil paints.A variety of printmaking techniques will also ...

Drawing

Course ID: 9130SB|

A study of visual observation through drawing, stressing both technical skills and individual expression, is explored in graphite, charcoal, and ...

Art Foundations

Course ID: 9120SB|

Art Foundations is an introductory course that serves as a prerequisite to all upper level art courses at the high ...