Fine Arts Department

The Department of Fine Arts at Tempe Prep offers a comprehensive program with a strong curriculum focusing on both the theory and practice of the disciplines of art, drama, music and poetry. Students engage in classroom explorations of the fine arts each semester they attend Tempe Prep.

Courses engage students in new ways of communicating through the arts. Through lecture and studio practice, students explore the profound expressive powers of instrumental music, choir, sculpture, drama, poetry, and painting. Students learn to apply their skills across disciplines and in real world contexts.

Instructors employ teaching techniques that invite students to listen, observe, move, imagine, and problem solve using their creativity. As students become acquainted with art processes, techniques and materials, emphasis is placed on artistic literacy and imaginative thinking.

The program is devoted to the advancement, practice and theoretical understanding of fine and visual arts. We test understanding of art theory through written or verbal means. We test technique through the application of the theory to the student’s own creations.

The Department works to ensure that at each level of the program, students become more autonomous and comfortable with aesthetic self-expression, while gaining a deeper knowledge and appreciation of diverse perspectives.

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Dr. Wolfe Fine Arts Department Chair


| Theory | Introduces the basic building blocks of art; develops understanding of primary concepts which relate to the distinct visual phenomenon of Greek and ancient Egyptian artwork.

| Technique | Classroom exercises include class discussions, presentations, demonstrations, compositions and critique.

| Theory | Students learn the fundamentals of creating a theatrical performance and develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for the theater.

| Technique |  Students will engage in class discussions about theatrical production as well as various theater games while rehearsing an edited version of a Great Books play to be presented to the TPA community at the end of the course.

| Theory | An exploration or materials and methods used in American colonial music.

| Technique | Application of concepts will be reinforced through singing, performing and composition exercises.

| Theory |Introduces the practice of fine art and basic drawing through calligraphy; develops knowledge of principles and working methods involved in skilled penmanship.

| Technique | Beginning visual art instruction, including calligraphy and observational drawing.

| Theory | Covers the fundamentals of music, including music notation and basic music theory topics, such as scales, key signatures, diatonic modes, chords, as well as rhythm skills, and listening primarily to program music. 

| Technique | Basic technique for the soprano recorder and ensemble performance. 

| Theory |Moves beyond traditional drawing methods and explores intermediate color techniques, theory, practice and history of drawing through the ages with emphasis on American art. Examines the use and role of new media — charcoal, ink, printmaking, relief sculpture and acrylic paints — in the world today.

| Technique | Continued visual art instruction, including perspective drawing and color theory.

| Theory | Listening to Renaissance, Impressionist and 20th century music.  Also focuses on rhythmic, harmonic analysis of triads, timbre, melodic dictation, and notation.

| Technique | Intermediate recorder technique may include alto and tenor instruments.  Ensemble performance includes smaller groups. 

| Theory | Students explore the history of art from pre-history and ancient times to Post Impressionism, with emphasis on process and the art of introspection. Explores the creative process of artistic minds and examines how artists synthesize observation, memory and imagination into images or objects.

| Technique |   Advanced observational drawing and painting with correlating art history from antiquity through the 19th century.

| Theory | Study of tonal scalar organizations; music appreciation of Baroque and Romantic masterworks.

| Technique | Introduction to choral performance in unison, two-part, and SATB pieces, rhythmic and melodic dictation, and sight-singing.

| Theory | Students develop basic knowledge in acting, directing, writing, and designing for the theater.

| Technique| In addition to performing beginner-level scenes from Great Books plays, students will write scenes and monologues as well as create designs for a production of a classic play.

| Theory | Study of modal scalar organizations; harmonic analysis; music appreciation of single-movement and multi-movement forms

| Technique | Introduction to choral performance in unison, two-part, and SATB pieces, rhythmic and melodic dictation, and sight-singing.

| Theory | Students will build upon what they learned about acting from 11th Grade Drama by studying advanced acting techniques.

| Technique | Students will read three Great Books plays and rehearse and perform one scene from each of these them, one of which will be presented to the public at the end of the course.

| Theory | Students continue their study of art history, emphasizing the 20th century with correlating studio art projects in acrylic canvas painting, printmaking and sculpture.

| Technique| Expressive drawing, painting, and printmaking with correlating art history of the 20th century.