Foundations of Theatre
Foundations of Theatre is an elective offered to middle school students (grades 7-8). The course is designed to enhance development of self-confidence and awareness through the use of movement, vocal expression, and dramatization. Students experience basic acting and technical skills through various theatre activities and short classroom performances. Students become familiar with the duties of an actor,producer, director and stage crew. Reading, writing, analyzing, and time management are incorporated into classwork.
Taking Direction/Advanced Directing
Taking Direction is an elective offered to high school students only. Students learn the role of the director, analyze plays and scripts, and discover tools of preparation, and communication. Each student will successfully direct their own monologues and scenes with other students in the class as their actors. As director, students will choose props, costumes, music, lighting, and settings for each mini performance. The course will enhance development of self-confidence and awareness through the use of movement, vocal expression, and dramatization. Reading, writing, analyzing, and time management are incorporated into classwork.
The Drama Department presents a fall and a spring production each school year. Students in grades 9 – 12 may audition for parts in the play or to be part of the technical crew to work behind the scenes.
The arts are instrumental in developing self-awareness and require skills using both right and left brain functions. The Briarwood Art Program is designed for both beginner and intermediate level students. Courses offered are designed around architectural drafting/model making, drawing/painting, and sculpture/ceramics. Students utilize a classroom complete with an art history library and a kiln for sculpting projects.
Briarwood art classes are very small so that students receive differentiated instruction. The focus in each class is on the individual student’s ability, effort, and personal expression. Students are taught the elements of art, line, shape, form, color, space, composition and texture, as well as the necessary techniques for creating and completing assigned projects.
Students from Briarwood have been nominated, attended, and graduated from the Glassell School of Art’s Advanced Curriculum for Teens Program in Houston.