Learn the basics of art while you develop your own style. Master basic techniques and tricks-of-the-trade as you frame your subjects, build your sketches with basic art forms, and fill your works with color and texture. You will create artwork as you explore each topic assigned. At the end of the course suggested art venues in which you may be successful will be discussed.
REQUIREMENTS-All artwork will be done in your personal sketchbook (except for special projects). All work will be critiqued by instructor. At the end of the class you will complete an online portfolio for your final grade.
MATERIALS- you must have for class:
hard and soft graphite art pencils such as 2B, 4B, 2H, HB
a good quality artist’s metal sharpener
a good quality, clean art eraser
an artist’s sketchbook (suggested sheet size at least 8×10 inches)
an art box or bag to carry your materials
for special projects– you may use a point-and-shoot or digital camera with image editing programs such as Photoshop or L View Pro
you can also use your choice of drawing/painting materials which may include markers, colored pencils, poster paints, pastels, art quills, watercolors, acrylics, oils, canvases, colored paper
This class is for students who have an appreciation for music but don’t want to participate in a performance-based course. Students will be introduced to the elements of music through exploration of music theory, concert observations, computer programs, web based instruction, and listening assignments.
Topics covered in Music Appreciation include
The Elements of Music
The Instruments of the Orchestra
Musical Style Periods
Elements of Music as used in the various Style Periods
Musical Forms of the Style Periods
Jazz and World Music
Pre-Latin – Introduction to Latin
Course Fee: $149 PER SEMESTER. This is a full credit two semester course.
Latin remains a vital tool in improving children’s fundamental understanding of English and other languages. Latin comes alive in this course through the use of hands on activities and virtual world projects creating the foundation for a deep understanding of cultural, political, and literary history. You may already know about the academic benefits of studying Latin. If not, consider this: Recent studies conducted by the Educational Testing Service reveal that Latin students consistently outperform their peers on the verbal section of the SAT. A similar effect has been documented among students taking the ACT. I am sure everyone has heard the phrase, “Knowledge is Power.” In terms of the origin of words this couldn’t be more true. There are thousands upon thousands of words in our English language. Simply studying vocabulary words alone would be an overwhelming task. However what if you could learn 3-5 new words per week, over 100 in total at the end of the school year, and those 100 words would open doors for you to have a better vocabulary and give you the ability to have better comprehension of everything you read in all of your future school years! Well that is the goal of “ Origins” class. By learning 100 Greek and Latin root words, you will be able to decipher the meanings to many new words. In this class, you will not only learn root words, but you will as study the history behind the meanings of the words and the people that first used them.
French 1 and 2
French 1 and French 2
Course Fee : $175 per course
French I teaches students to greet people, describe family and friends, talk about hobbies, and communicate about other topics, such as sports, travel, and medicine. Each lesson presents vocabulary, grammar, and culture in context, followed by explanations and exercises. Vocabulary includes terms to describe school subjects, parts of the body, and people, as well as idiomatic phrases. Instruction in language structure and grammar includes the verb system, adjective agreement, formal and informal address, reflexive verbs, and past tense. Students also gain an understanding of the cultures of French-speaking countries and regions within and outside Europe, as well as insight into Francophone culture and people.
French II teaches students to communicate more confidently about themselves, as well as about topics beyond their own lives – both in formal and informal address. Each lesson presents vocabulary, grammar, and culture in context, followed by explanations and exercises. Vocabulary includes terms in cooking, geography, and architecture. Instruction in language structure and grammar includes present- and past-tense verb forms and uses, negation, and direct and indirect objects. Students deepen their knowledge of French-speaking regions and cultures by learning about history, literature, culture, and contemporary issues.
The material in this course is presented at a moderate pace.
Spanish 1 and 2
Spanish 1 and Spanish 2
Course Fee: $175 per course
Spanish I teaches students to greet people, describe family and friends, talk about hobbies, and communicate about other topics, such as home life, occupations, travel, and medicine. Each lesson presents vocabulary, grammar, and culture in context, followed by explanations and exercises. Vocabulary includes terms to describe school subjects, parts of the body, and people, as well as idiomatic phrases. Instruction in language structure and grammar includes the structures and uses of present-tense verb forms, imperatives, adjective agreement, impersonal constructions, formal and informal address, and reflexive verbs. Students explore words used in different Spanish-speaking regions and learn about the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries and regions within and outside Europe.
Spanish 2-Building on Spanish I concepts, Spanish II students learn to communicate more confidently about themselves, as well as about topics beyond their own lives – both in formal and informal situations. Each lesson presents vocabulary, grammar, and culture in context, followed by explanations and exercises. Students expand their vocabulary in topics such as cooking, ecology, geography, and architecture. Instruction in language structure and grammar includes a review of present-tense verb forms, an introduction to the past tense, the conditional mood, imperatives, impersonal constructions, and reported speech. Students deepen their knowledge of Spanish-speaking regions and cultures by learning about history, literature, culture, and contemporary issues.
Life and Times of C.S. Lewis- Semester 2 Only
Life and Times of C.S Lewis: .5 Credit
Offered Semester 2 Only
Course Fee: $149
Come fall in love with Ireland, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy as they travel back in time to the magical world of C.S. Lewis.
In this literature elective course you will learn:
How Irish monks saved the western world as we know it.
How the Vikings looted and plundered their way across Europe.
How crows grieve when someone dies.
How giants are real and not just imagined!
This class is mixed with enchanted fauns, dabbled with Turkish delight, and sprinkled with legendary creatures all throughout the lessons.
In addition to reading the Narnia books penned by Lewis, we will cook fireside meals, explore long lost castles and unearth the sinister plans of the madman that started World War 2.
This is not a class for the faint of heart. We will explore the truth about friendship, share difficult lessons learned, go on adventures that ask the hard questions and lastly, talk about what true love really is. This is the class of Narnia, the world where everything can be seen more clearly.
Drones 101- Learn to Build, Fly and Take Aerial Videos
Drones are one of the fastest growing industries in aviation. This course will teach you how to build your own drone, the basics of aerial photography and how to pilot your drone. Drone maintenance, as well as system programming and an overview of aviation and radio laws will also be covered. This course is for beginners and requires the purchase of the recommended drone from amazon.com. Students will also be expected to take and share their aerial photography and videos as part of the course participation and assessment.
Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations for commercial drones.
How to assemble and fly your new drone.
Drone models and equipment, from hobby and prosumer drones, to microdrones and specialty drones.
Step-by-step guide to registering your drone.
Drone safety guidelines and flight checklist.
Industry trends, jobs and market projections.
Chess Logic: .5 Credit
Course Fee: $149
Chess, the Game of Kings! The most challenging game in the world has come to Wilostar3D. Chess has stood the test of time, surviving the centuries. Chess is a game that has immediate rewards and punishments and is a great place to practice your problem solving skills. The only thing you need to play chess is basic logic, and in this course your brain power is about to level up!
This course is for the most basic beginner (which means you have never played chess in your life), to the player who considers himself a Champion. Students will challenge other students in weekly duels, and attempt to best their instructor for his chess title! You will love Chess Logic if you are competitive, have a quick wit and love a good old fashioned challenge. We will meet weekly and learn new moves to enhance your game, connect with friends, and conquer enemies in this age old game.
In the meantime you will learn how to exercise your brain, recognize good reasoning power from bad, and outwit your competitor. So come get your game on, where flexing your aplomb and showing off your finesse is a good thing. Stake your claim for victory and become, The Master!
Class size limited to 12 students.
Course Fee: None
In this course, you’ll learn your way around Elements to make navigating it a breeze. You’ll also learn all the features and how to utilize the options so that editing, organizing, and sharing your photos is quick and fun. You will also learn how to apply filters, create effects on your images and look like a pro with your final drawings and pictures.
You’ll learn how to:
Upload your photos into Elements
Organize your photos in albums and catalogs
Adjust the colors in your photos to make them crisp and clear
Change the mood of your photos
Crop and resize photos and images
It doesn’t matter if you already use Elements or you’re completely new to the software. All lessons are comprehensive and easy-to-understand. Using step-by-step directions, you’ll master even the most complex tasks. By the end of this course, you’ll know everything about Elements that you need to know to easily organize, edit, print, and share your photos and images
This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have the following:
– Photoshop Elements. Wilostar3D students qualify for a student discount on the software.
Geography in 3D
Geography in 3D
This course is dedicated to a study of the world around us. The class starts with an introduction to geography, in which students will learn the five themes of geography, the features that define the earth, the climate patterns of the earth, how to study peoples and cultures of the earth and how to use various geographic tools. From there students will use the skills they have learned to apply to the ten areas of the world we will be studying by creating 10 different virtual world projects showcasing what they have learned.
. In addition to using these skills to apply to ten areas, the students will look at the physical features of those areas (land, climate, and types of vegetation). Each area will also be addressed in terms of its culture, which includes studies of population patterns, history and government, and cultures/lifestyles. The final area to be addressed to each of the ten areas is current news about the area. This includes current living conditions, current news events, and how people there are interacting with their environment.
Course Fee: None
Topics covered include:
Personal Health, Mental Health, Conflict Resolution, Nutrition, Fitness, Drugs, Disease Prevention. Health risks, decision-making and refusal skills are integrated into the curriculum.
Major units include:
(1) First Aid and CPR
(2) Family Living
(3) Mental Health and Well Being.
Course Fee: None
Families are an important aspect of today’s society. In this course positive interpersonal and family relationships and a realistic understanding of the stages of the human life cycle will be taught. Specific emphasis will be on the responsibilities of parenting and the developing child. The connections among the individual, the family, and the world of work will discussed. A goal of the course is for the students to realize their individual potential in their present and future family, the community, and their future careers.
Financial Literacy helps students recognize and develop vital skills that connect life and career goals with personalized strategies and milestone-based action plans. Students explore concepts and work toward a mastery of personal finance skills, deepening their conceptual understanding of key ideas and extending their knowledge in a variety of problem-solving applications. Course topics include career planning; income, taxation, and budgeting; savings accounts, checking accounts, and electronic banking; interest, investments, and stocks; cash, debit, credit, and credit scores; insurance; and consumer purchasing advice on how to buy a car or house, including buying, renting, and leasing options. These topics are solidly supported by writing and discussion activities. Journal activities provide introspective opportunities for students to apply concepts on a personal scale as well as analyze scenarios from a third-party perspective. Discussions help students network with each other by sharing personalized strategies and goals and recognizing the diversity of life and career plans within a group. To assist students for whom language presents a barrier to learning or who are not reading at grade level, Financial Literacy includes audio resources in English.