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Art & Music

9th Grade: Music Appreciation

10th Grade: Art Composition & Design

11th Grade: AP Studio Art, Year One

12th Grade: AP Studio Art, Year Two


Music Appreciation (9th Grade Requirement)

Using our ears, our hearts, and sometimes even our iPods, this course explores how music evolved from the beginning of time until today, with stops along the way in Bet Hamikdash times and the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods. We also consider concert halls and other cultural institutions of Los Angeles, how to protect our hearing from the volume control, and the origins of rock, pop and hip-hop. From far-off lands to Disney Hall, it’s all one journey and we take it together.


 Art Composition & Design (10th Grade Requirement)

This year long course develops the art student’s skills, techniques and vocabulary in drawing and design. Emphasis is placed on growth of the student’s observation skills to enhance their creative abilities.


The elements of line, space, shape, form, texture, value and color are taught, using various media such as charcoal, pencil, pastel, pen, ink, watercolor and acrylic on canvas board. Mixed media is encouraged. Critique and art history are critical components.


Shalhevet students have been accepted to Reed College, Otis, Michigan’s art program, UCLA, USC School of Architecture , FIDIM, and Brandeis Bardin Art School to mention a few.


AP Studio Art (11th & 12th Grade Elective)

Through direct teacher instruction, emphasis will be placed on the production of a volume of quality pieces of art work. Students will be challenged to develop their own personal work. Students will develop mastery of concept, composition, and execution of their personal ideas and themes. They will also understand that the making of art is an ongoing process that uses informed and critical decision making to determine outcomes to problems. Students will be expected to develop a comprehensive portfolio that addresses these issues in personal way. After two years, the portfolio will be sent to The College Board to be graded.