Visual & Performing Arts

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Studio Art

This course provides an opportunity for experimentation, expression, and exploration of the elements and principles of design. Using a variety of materials,  students organize, develop artistic ideas, and refine their art skills. Trips to museums, audio-visual presentations, and class discussions help the students discover their own style and sources of inspiration. Students explore drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, and sculpture as they begin to develop their art portfolio.

Drawing & Painting

This course focuses on the exploration of drawing and painting techniques to develop a portfolio. Through observation, critique, and discussion, students identify and interpret art and how it can influence and reflect the world around them. The work of artists from different art periods will serve as a reference for each project assigned. Students experiment with materials and techniques to develop greater self-awareness and artistic confidence.  Students have opportunities to exhibit their work in exhibits and competitions. Students work with graphite, charcoal, ink, watercolor, acrylic, and digital art.


Advanced Drawing & Painting

This class is for the art student who has completed the beginning and intermediate art classes. The class focuses on advanced art techniques for serious students that are building an art portfolio. We will be directly applying the drawing skills and knowledge of art elements and principles gained from Drawing and Painting. Students will begin the development process of seeking their own style by investigating new materials for drawing, painting, printmaking, and mixed media. Projects are assigned to allow for personal interpretation, innovation, and problem-solving. Students will participate in regularly scheduled oral critiques/evaluations of student and master artwork. Prerequisite: Drawing and Painting.

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Photography 1

The class is designed as an introduction to digital photography. It will encompass all aspects of digital image-making. Students learn how to use Adobe Photoshop to alter and enhance their photography. Students learn camera operation, basic lighting concepts, composition, and an emphasis is placed on the creative process. Students explore how digital photography is an effective form of communication used by photographers, artists, and designers today.  Through visual aids and discussions, students will gain familiarity with the critique process. Assignments will demonstrate mastery of technical skills and individual creative expression.

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Photography 2

This course is a continuation and reinforcement of the skills and concepts taught in the Photography I course.  More complex techniques will be introduced and students will be involved in problem-solving activities. 


Prerequisites: successful completion of Photography I is required.  This course is open to students in Grades 10, 11, and 12.  


Photography 3

This course will continue to instruct students in more advanced fundamentals of photography and will broaden their technical skills and aesthetic values.  Individual creativity and the ability to make a visual statement will continue to be stressed. Portfolio preparation will be emphasized throughout the semester and students will be required to develop a portfolio for presentation.


Prerequisites: Prior successful completion of Photography 2 is required.  This course is open to students in Grades 11, and 12.



Drama 1-4

Drama 1-4 includes instruction in acting, stage movement, theatre technology, theatre history, as well as scene writing and play-building. Students explore concepts spanning the definition of theatre and character development through higher-level constructs such as improvisation and body and voice control. Class time is spent in a variety of activities including discussions, dramatic writing workshops, small group analysis and interpretation, improvisation, viewing of film and theatrical productions, scene work, the auditioning process, and rehearsal work. Small groups are used to generate ideas, to encourage students to share ideas with ease and to work cooperatively, to prepare group presentations, and to analyze and interpret selected works. Drama students will stage several performances throughout the year and additional outside-of-class rehearsal time is required for performance participation.


Jazz Band 1-4

Jazz Band is for students who understand their instrument.  The class repertoire and direction are constructed around the instrumentalists or vocalists who enroll in the class.  The students learn techniques of rehearsing and performing with a band as well as musical self-expression in terms of improvising solos.  The repertoire includes intermediate-to-advanced levels of musical literature from various periods in jazz history including Swing, Bebop, Latin Jazz, Modern Jazz, and Rock.  Jazz history is taught in relation to the music performed.  Performances are required each semester.  The students record the repertoire at The Marin School’s professional-quality recording studio each semester and produce a CD at the end of the year.  The course may be repeated each year for additional credit.


Recording Arts

Recording Arts is for musicians and non-musicians alike.   The class is structured around the Pro-Tools recording software, which is the software used in most world-class studios today.  Students learn how to record live instruments and digital loops onto the computer.  They learn to process and edit the recorded material, mix their recorded tracks, and burn it to a CD.  The class meets once a week with two hours a week of outside lab time.  This class allows musicians to learn how to record their music and non-musicians to learn how music is recorded, processed, and mixed.


Please note: Grades for this course are not currently included in the academic GPA.




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 festival of the arts!

In Spring of 2020, TMS celebrated the arts with our first ever virtual art gallery!  Take a guided tour of our artists' visual pieces, and take in performances from our music and theater departments!