MIDDLE SCHOOL

.7th & 8th Grades

The Middle School years are a time of transition.  Anchor provides challenging Middle School courses, which continue our interactive, Classical approach to learning but challenge students to begin thinking at a deeper level and owning their learning.  These 7th & 8th grade years will prepare our students for the rigors and responsibilities that await them in the High School years and beyond. 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

To go directly to a course description, click on the course names below.

ALGEBRA 1

ART

CARTOONING & CHARACTER DESIGN

CHORAL ENSEMBLE

DRAMA

FITNESS

FOUNDATIONS OF ALGEBRA

FOUNDATIONS OF MATH

GENERAL SCIENCE (8th)

HEALTH & WELLNESS

IEW WRITING (5th-7th)

IEW WRITING (7th-9th)

LITERATURE & COMPOSITION

MAPPING THE U.S. BY HEART

PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOSHOP

PHYSICS & ENGINEERING

SET DESIGN

SPANISH 1 (8th)

STOP-MOTION & CLAYMATION

U.S. HISTORY

TUESDAY COURSES

 
 

ALGEBRA 1

TUTOR:  Trisha Pellegrino

PRE-REQUISITE:  Student must have completed 8th grade level math or a pre-algebra equivalent.  

A mandatory diagnostic test is required to determine a student's readiness for this class.

Please email Anchor to request this test before enrolling. 

REQUIRED TEXT:  Elementary Algebra by Harold Jacobs, 2016.  (Student textbook required; solutions manual optional, but recommended; teacher guide not necessary.)  Available through Amazon.

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 1:00-2:30
COURSE FEE:  $260     MATERIALS FEE:  $15

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate, consistent daily work

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course will use the textbook as the primary resource, but will also utilize Khan Academy for practice and quizzes, as well as instructional videos provided by instructor.  Class time will be used for teaching new skills and review.  The book covers a full course in algebra that will prepare students for higher-level math courses and chemistry.   Content will cover functions and graphs, integers, rational numbers, exponents, polynomials, factoring, fractions, and more.

FOUNDATIONS OF ALGEBRA

(This class will meet both Tuesdays and Thursdays.  All students must enroll in the Tuesday class, but the Thursday class is optional for those students desiring more instruction during the week. The Thursday class is more of a tutoring group to reinforce Tuesday's material and is offered in semesters, giving students the option of taking one or both semesters, based on their needs.)

TUTOR:  Caroline Allie

CLASS LENGTH:  Tuesdays--60 mins/32 weeks   Thursdays--60 mins/Fall 15 weeks/Spring 17 weeks

CLASS TIMES:  Tuesdays 2:30-3:30 (required) & Thursdays 9:30-10:30 (optional)

COURSE FEE:  Tuesdays--$170 / Fall Semester Thursdays--$80 / Spring Semester Thursdays--$90 

MATERIALS FEE:  $15 Tuesdays only/$5 Thursdays per semester

HOMEWORK LEVEL:   Moderate, consistent daily work

PRE-REQUISITE:  A mandatory diagnostic test is required to determine a student's readiness for this class. Please email Anchor to request this test before enrolling.  

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This pre-algebra class will focus on the skills your high school students need to prepare for Algebra 1. Two to three new skills will be taught each week, and the tutor will work closely with students to ensure comprehension of new information.   Students must complete assignments outside of class to keep up with the pace of the course.  Khan Academy Math will be used in conjunction with this class, and the tutor will give weekly assignments through Khan.  

This course will be an excellent supplement to your student's math education. This is not a stand-alone curriculum, but rather a supplementary course to boost students' math skills and help them reach grade-level understanding.  During class time, students will be working independently and in groups and instructed in a manner that will maximize involvement and understanding. Topics reviewed and reinforced will include:  positive & negative numbers, combining like terms, equation & inequality solving, graphing, linear equations, and beginning geometry.

*If we discover that your student is in need of more intensive instruction, tutoring sessions will be made available at an additional cost.

GENERAL SCIENCE

(8th Graders only)

TUTOR:  Kim Stolarik

REQUIRED TEXT:  Real Science for Kids: Exploring the Building Blocks of Science, Book 7 student textbook CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 1:00-2:30

COURSE FEE:  $240   MATERIALS FEE:  $40

HOMEWORK LEVEL: Moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  General Science will provide students with an introduction to the scientific disciplines of chemistry, biology, physics, geology, and astronomy. This course will provide students with a basic understanding of science concepts needed for developing a solid framework for scientific investigation.  Weekly experimentation will allow students to further explore concepts and help them develop skills needed for designing scientific experiments.  In addition, students will learn and be expected to integrate the scientific method into lab experiments and projects.  Students will be expected to complete all reading and preparatory assignments prior to class and will be provided with a weekly, on-line syllabus with additional resources for further investigation.  Lab fees will be used to purchase all necessary materials for labs and classroom activities.  Feedback will be given based on class participation, projects, labs, and quizzes.

IEW WRITING (5th-7th Grade)

(Even though each IEW course spans three grade levels, each course is on a two-year rotation, covering two different textbooks.  It is recommended that students take both years of each course before moving on to the next level, providing a solid foundation of writing skills on which to build.  Once both texts have been completed within the course, a student should advance to the next higher class.)

TUTOR:  Cathy Backhaus

REQUIRED TEXT:  IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons, 5th Ed., Jan. 2018 (Student Book only) by Lori Verstegen. ISBN:  978-1-62341-295-1 (Please note: This is a newly revised textbook!); 3-ring binder with paper and tabbed dividers; any readable, quality thesaurus (siblings may share); a sewn composition book for journal writing, sharpened pencils with erasers.  Each student will need a “Portable Wall”, which may be purchased from Mrs. Backhaus at the reduced price of $5.00.

PLEASE NOTE: The Student Resource Notebook is also a necessary component of this course. This supplementary resource is included free with your textbook purchase as an e-book for you to download and print (110 pages), or you may purchase it printed and spiral-bound on the IEW website listed above. (If you do not place your order online through the website, please check the copyright page in your textbook for download information.)

CLASS LENGTH:  60 mins./24 weeks (This class follows the 24-week Elementary calendar.)

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 2:00-3:00

COURSE FEE:  $130      MATERIALS FEE:  $15

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Approximately 30-45 minutes daily; varies from student to student.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Created to compliment what is being taught in Language Arts by the parent in the home, 5th-7th Grade Writing course will provide the students with many tools to improve their writing skills. Vocabulary words and proper grammar usage will also be taught. The students will learn to take notes, summarize narrative stories, summarize references, write from pictures, and create personal stories. Students will also do daily journal entries every other week to provide practice of these writing skills, in addition to creating a booklet of their work over the course of the year.  The Institute for Excellence in Writing mission is “to equip teachers and parents with methods and materials to aid them in training students to become confident and competent communicators.” Through class instruction and weekly homework writing assignments with Ancient History content, your child will grow in confidence and writing ability. (Student will benefit from parental guidance on assignments, since one hour of instruction each week is not enough time for thorough coverage of the subject.)

IEW WRITING (7th-9th Grade)

(Even though each IEW course spans three grade levels, each course is on a two-year rotation, covering two different textbooks.  It is recommended that students take both years of each course before moving on to the next level, providing a solid foundation of writing skills on which to build.  Once both texts have been completed within the course, a student should advance to the next higher class.)

TUTOR:  Cathy Backhaus

PREREQUISITE: Because this level of IEW moves at a more rapid pace, it is recommended that a student who is new to IEW be able to write an organized paragraph with a clear topic sentence and complete body sentences before enrolling in this course.  If there is uncertainty about the placement of a 7th grader in an IEW class, it would be beneficial to speak with Mrs. Backhaus before registering. 

REQUIRED TEXT & MATERIALS:  IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons, 1st Ed., February 2017, by Lori Verstegen  (Student Book Only); 3-ring binder with paper and tabbed dividers; American Heritage Student Thesaurus grades 7-12 (or any readable, quality thesaurus will suffice.)

PLEASE NOTE: The Student Resource Notebook is also a necessary component of this course. This supplementary resource is included (FREE!) with your purchase as an e-book for you to download and print (110 pages), or you may purchase it printed and spiral-bound on the IEW website listed above. (If you do not place your order online through the website, please check the copyright page in your textbook for download information.)

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 10:30-12:00

COURSE FEE:  $240    MATERIALS FEE:  $20

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Approximately 30-45 minutes daily; varies from student to student.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Created to compliment what is being taught in Language Arts by the parents in the home, this class will develop composition, grammar, and vocabulary skills while students write about American history.  Incrementally, instruction will cover all the IEW models of structure and elements of style, including vocabulary and stylistic techniques. In addition, we will be writing narrative stories, poetry, research papers, critiques, formal five-paragraph essays with proper formatting, and summarizing references. We will also complete weekly grammar editing worksheets which will boost the students’ general ability to communicate through the written word. Daily journal entries will provide practice of written expression.  The Institute for Excellence in Writing mission is “to equip teachers and parents with methods and materials to aid them in training students to become confident and competent communicators.” Your child will be instructed in the basics of this theme-based program and encouraged to grow in confidence while improving writing ability.

LITERATURE & COMPOSITION

TUTOR:  Gayla Kingston

REQUIRED TEXTS: The Adventures of Young John Quincy Adams: Sea Chase by John Braddock; Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card; Shadows of Jamestown: the Virginia Mysteries, Book 6 by Steven K. Smith

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 9:00-10:30 

COURSE FEE:  $240     MATERIALS FEE:  $TBD

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This class will explore nonfiction and fiction genres of Literature.  During the Fall semester, students will utilize essays, speeches, autobiographies, and biographies to explore nonfiction. Students will choose a biography to read and develop a presentation for the class at the  conclusion of the Fall semester. They will also be expected to write an essay or speech in the Fall semester. During Spring semester, the focus will shift to fiction as we explore drama, historical fiction, science fiction, and mystery genres. Students will choose a book in a genre of their choosing for end-of-semester presentations. Students will explore creative writing and literary elements utilizing journals and classroom work in Spring semester. Goals for this course include familiarization with the two main categories of literature and their respective literary works. Students will also have the opportunity to develop brainstorming techniques for different varieties of writing, as well as presentation preparation and delivery. Students will be expected to complete weekly homework assignments and to read selections in advance of class when required. Students need to select a biography and fiction book of choice in order to facilitate end-of-semester project. 

MAPPING THE U.S. BY HEART

TUTOR:  Cathy Backhaus

TEXT USED BY TUTOR ONLY:  Mapping the World/USA by Heart by David Smith.  Student does not need to purchase text.

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  Each student will need an atlas, which will be ordered by the tutor. Payment for the atlas will be expected once class begins. (The exact amount is unknown at this time but will be less than $25.)  The tutor will send a list of other needed supplies.

CLASS LENGTH:  60 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 3:00-4:00

COURSE FEE:  $170     MATERIALS FEE:  $30

Please note that a large portion of the Materials Fee will be used to purchase a complete set of student maps for each student and the graphing paper used for this course.

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Students will learn to read and create maps of the USA through David Smith's Mapping the World/USA by Heart. This will be a hands-on class with students learning how to understand and create their own map of the United States by the end of the year. We will also be exploring each state and researching information for periodic classroom presentations. For more information please refer to www.mapping.com. (No purchase necessary.)

PHOTOGRAPHY

TUTOR: Tina Jenkins

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT:  computer with photo editing software of the student's choice; a DSLR Camera (IMPORTANT:  Point-and-shoot cameras are not allowed. The camera must have manual mode.) 

CLASS LENGTH:  60 mins./32 weeks 

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 2:30-3:30 or Thursdays 9:30-10:30

COURSE FEE:  $170    MATERIALS FEE:  $35

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light to Moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This will be a fun, hands-on class with lots of activity.  We will begin the year with the history of photography and quickly progress to learning to use our cameras in manual mode. Students will be required to upload images weekly to a class site.  We will work through the basics of photography in the first part of the year by composing technique photos. These will be compiled in an album created by the student on the Shutterfly website.  The last part of the year, the students will collaborate to create a photo story utilizing the techniques they have learned. This photo story will also be created on the Shutterfly site, and a copy will be printed for each student to use in their portfolio review.  We will end the year with a photography exhibition. Each student will be required to submit two 8x10 matted prints for this end-of-year event.  This class will be graded by the tutor to encourage students to complete their assignments in a timely manner.  Important Note:  Students will be required to print their own album containing their technique photos at their own cost from Shutterfly.com.  The album with the collaborative photo story will be printed by the tutor for the class. It will be an additional cost at the end of the year and is dependent upon the length of the album and other factors, but cost will be kept to a minimum.

PHYSICS & ENGINEERING 

(7th Grade Priority*)

*While Physics & Engineering is open to both 7th & 8th graders, it is recommended that 8th graders take the General Science class. Preference for the Physics & Engineering class will be given to 7th graders, and 8th graders desiring to take the class will be wait-listed until registration closes, then given any available remaining spots, in the order they registered.  An 8th grader registering for this class is not guaranteed a place in the class, and any 8th graders not securing a spot in this class will have the opportunity to move into the General Science class. 

TUTOR:  Robert Kendall

REQUIRED TEXT:  Story of Science:  Newton at the Center by Joy Hakim, textbook and Student's Quest Guide

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 1:00-2:30

COURSE FEE:  $240     MATERIALS FEE:  $25

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This introduction to physics and engineering covers scientific development from around AD 1500-1900. The study of scientists such as Newton, Galileo, Copernicus, Kepler, Descarte, Boyle, Dalton, and Faraday will examine their beliefs and contributions to the scientific community. Attention will be given to the world-view of each scientist and how it shaped his work. Class time will focus on hands-on projects, enabling better understanding of the discoveries of the scientists studied. Emphasis will be placed on facilitating a love for science and engineering and possible career opportunities in these fields. As such, the class will explore contemporary applications of the insights gleaned from the scientists studied. Outside of class, students will be expected to read, research, collaborate, and prepare for various projects.

SPANISH 1

TUTOR:  Ammie  DeGrange

REQUIRED TEXT:  Avancemos Level 1 Student Textbook, 2007 Ed., (ISBN-13: 978-0618594061); and Avancemos: Level 1 Cuaderno: Practica por Niveles Student Workbook (ISBN- 978-0618765935)

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./ 32 weeks

CLASS TIME: Tuesdays 10:30-12:00

COURSE FEE:  $260  MATERIALS FEE:  $25

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course is an introduction to the Spanish language and culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Students will develop their understanding of the language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing activities. They will have weekly homework and memory work as well as regular tests and quizzes. Students should come to class prepared and ready to participate. This course is designed for students in grades 8-12.

STOP-MOTION & CLAYMATION

(Two sections of this class are offered by two different tutors, but the course content will be the same.) 

TUTOR:  Mary Bowen

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  Tutor will send a supply list via email.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Students should have access to an iPad with the Stop Motion Studio Pro app ($4.99 on iTunes) downloaded before class starts.

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 1:00-2:30

COURSE FEES:   $240    MATERIALS FEE:  $65

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light to moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION:   Building upon inspiration from Shawn the Sheep, Wallace & Grommit, and The Lego Movie, students will create stop-motion animations from Legos, clay, wire, paper and other materials. Students will develop storyboards, characters, and mini sets, as well use the Stop Motion Studio Pro app to build their projects.  This is a very energetic and challenging class...be ready to create!!

U.S. HISTORY

(Two identical sessions of this class are offered.)

TUTOR:  Becky Van Rees

SUMMER READING: 

REQUIRED TEXT:  From Colonies to Country by Joy Hakim; A New Nation by Joy Hakim; and Our Constitution Rocks by Juliette Turner

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIMES:  9:00-10:30 & 10:30-12:00 

COURSE FEE: $240     MATERIALS FEE: $35

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate to heavy

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Students in this course will investigate the political and cultural forces that made America…America.  This course will offer students the opportunity to investigate historical questions by analyzing primary documents. We will take a Socratic approach as we explore U.S. history in the 18th & 19th centuries. Students will learn to look deeper into text and examine history for themselves through close reading, contextualizing, and collaboration.  Students will express themselves through rich oral discussions, writing, independent research, historical simulations, blog posts, and digital projects.  To deepen their understandings of America’s development, students will explore many questions, including the following:

* What is an American?

* How did the flaws in the Articles of Confederation lead to the Constitution?

* How did England’s Industrial changes affect our own?

* How did the difference in philosophies between the North and South contribute to the growing to war?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

THURSDAY COURSES

 
 
 

ART

(Fall Semester only.)

TUTOR: Mary Bowen

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  Tutor will send a supply list via email.

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./15 weeks 

CLASS TIME:  Fall Semester Thursdays,10:30-12:00

COURSE FEE:  $120    MATERIALS FEE:  $50

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light to moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  In this class, students will learn applications of a variety of artistic media, including acrylic paint, pastels, charcoal, pens, and inks. Instruction will be given on color, light, shape, and technique, and students will have the opportunity to apply what they learn through various creative projects. 

CARTOONING & CHARACTER DESIGN

(Spring Semester only.)

TUTOR: Cody Slaughter

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  Tutor will send a supply list via email.

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./17 weeks 

CLASS TIME:  Spring Semester Thursdays, 9:00-10:30

COURSE FEE:  $140    MATERIALS FEE:  $10

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light to moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Do you ever get pictures, ideas, or character ideas in your mind?  Do you like to doodle, draw, or sketch but don’t know how to make something happen with those creative ideas? If so, then Cartooning & Character Design is for you!  In this class, students will learn creative process, line drawing, and the development of characters and storyline.  Students will brainstorm, create, sketch, and color creatures, people, and settings. Facial expressions, movement, color, lighting, texture, and story line will be explored through assignments. Students do not have to be skilled at drawing BUT must desire to work hard at sketching & creating.  Students will keep a sketchbook journal throughout this class. Be prepared to have fun but diligently create!

CHORAL ENSEMBLE

(Fall Semester only.)

INSTRUCTOR: Liesl Schiavone

CLASS LENGTH:  60 mins./12 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Fall Semester Thursdays 9:30-10:30

COURSE FEE:  $100    MATERIALS FEE:  $15

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course is designed to strengthen musical skills, promote music literacy, and foster a foundation for life-long appreciation and enjoyment of music through a varied choral repertoire. We will explore fundamentals of choral technique and vocal placement while learning music notation through the use of choral octavos. Students will experience varieties of choral repertoire and their historical and cultural significance.

DRAMA PRODUCTION

(Spring Semester only.)

DRAMA INSTRUCTOR:  Liesl Schiavone

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  Students will need to provide any costumes for his/her role in the production. Families will also be asked to contribute props to the play if possible.   

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./15 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Spring Semester Thursdays 9:00-10:30

COURSE FEE:  $140      MATERIALS FEE:  $25

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Varies, depending on role; memorization of lines is mandatory

COURSE DESCRIPTION:   This course will teach beginner and intermediate acting skills, improvisation, and the elements involved in putting on a theatrical production from beginning to end.  Students will audition and be assigned roles to prepare throughout the semester for their final performance. Students will be required to memorize lines and blocking (movements on stage) and contribute artistically to the production. 

FITNESS C

(Students may register for one or both semesters. Two identical sessions are offered.)

INSTRUCTOR:  Kayla Thompson

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  Comfortable clothing and sneakers

CLASS LENGTH:  40 mins./Two 12-week semesters 

CLASS TIME:  Thursdays 11:20-12:00 (C-1) or 2:30-3:10 (C-2)

COURSE FEE:  $60 per semester

MATERIALS FEE:  None

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This class will be 40 minutes of high-energy and fun-filled activity, starting with a dynamic warm-up, a series of exercises, and ending with games. By making exercise fun, students get excited to move around. Moving around results in becoming physically stronger and more energetic. It's a great first step on the road to cultivating a lifetime of health and fitness!

FOUNDATIONS OF MATH

TUTOR:  Trisha Pellegrino 

CLASS LENGTH:  45 minutes/24 weeks

CLASS TIMES:  Thursdays 1:00-1:45

COURSE FEE:  $100   MATERIALS FEE:  $20

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Students should do their normal math curriculum at home.

PRE-REQUISITE:  Students should be at a grade 6 level or higher in math readiness.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course will focus on the mastery of basic skills that middle school students need to prepare for Algebra I.  Course includes a short amount of instruction by the tutor, followed by activities or games to reinforce and practice the concepts.  Concepts include fractions, decimals, order of operations, multi-digit division & multiplication, measurements & data, statistics & graphing, and ratios.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

(Spring Semester only.)

TUTOR: Megan Copeland

REQUIRED TEXT:  Abeka Health In Christian Perspective* (Available through Christianbook.com)

*SPECIAL NOTE:  The resource chosen for this class has a supplemental portion in the back of the book that does contain information the parent will want to discuss with their child.  Those additional topics include biblical discernment on suicide prevention, euthanasia, substance abuse, organ donation, and abortion.

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./17 weeks 

CLASS TIME:  Spring Thursdays 10:30-12:00

COURSE FEE:  $140     MATERIALS FEE:  $40

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light to Moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This class will encourage 7th & 8th graders to make health and wellness a priority!  All material will be taught from the biblical perspective that our bodies were created as temples for the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19) and that making wise choices can affect our health and ultimately our ability to further God’s Kingdom. Throughout the semester we will address various topics to include integrative nutrition, exercise, personal hygiene, mental health, safety, first aid, disease prevention, drug abuse, and spiritual growth. Students will gain a deeper understanding of required nutrients during various life stages, harmful ingredients that are hidden in our foods and hygiene products, foods that promote healing and homeostasis, etc.  The students' knowledge will be expanded beyond the level of the text through the use of power point presentations, creative projects, and hands-on activities. Students will be encouraged to work both as a group and independently to research topics that are of interest to them.   Materials fees will be used to purchase all necessary materials for food tastings, copies, and classroom activities.  Quizzes will be given to encourage an awareness of material and to measure comprehension of topics discussed.  Grades will be given based on class attendance, participation, projects, and quizzes. The workbook for this course will require some assignments to be completed at home.

PHOTOGRAPHY

TUTOR: Tina Jenkins

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT:  computer with photo editing software of the student's choice; a DSLR Camera (IMPORTANT:  Point-and-shoot cameras are not allowed. The camera must have manual mode.) 

CLASS LENGTH:  60 mins./32 weeks 

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 2:30-3:30 or Thursdays 9:30-10:30

COURSE FEE:  $170    MATERIALS FEE:  $35

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light to Moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This will be a fun, hands-on class with lots of activity.  We will begin the year with the history of photography and quickly progress to learning to use our cameras in manual mode. Students will be required to upload images weekly to a class site.  We will work through the basics of photography in the first part of the year by composing technique photos. These will be compiled in an album created by the student on the Shutterfly website.  The last part of the year, the students will collaborate to create a photo story utilizing the techniques they have learned. This photo story will also be created on the Shutterfly site, and a copy will be printed for each student to use in their portfolio review.  We will end the year with a photography exhibition. Each student will be required to submit two 8x10 matted prints for this end-of-year event.  This class will be graded by the tutor to encourage students to complete their assignments in a timely manner.  Important Note:  Students will be required to print their own album containing their technique photos at their own cost from Shutterfly.com.  The album with the collaborative photo story will be printed by the tutor for the class. It will be an additional cost at the end of the year and is dependent upon the length of the album and other factors, but cost will be kept to a minimum.

PHOTOSHOP BASICS

(Fall Semester only.)

TUTOR:  Cody Slaughter 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  A laptop capable of running Adobe Photoshop; a mouse. The minimum requirements to run Photoshop can be found on Adobe’s website, linked here: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/system-requirements.html

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./15 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Fall Semester Thursdays 9:00-10:30

COURSE FEE:  $120   MATERIALS FEE:  $10

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light to moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION:   Adobe Photoshop is one of the most popular digital imaging programs used by graphic and digital designers. In this course, students will learn all the basics needed to become thoroughly grounded in Photoshop.  Hands-on assignments will teach students to enhance, distort, scale, color, and manipulate images to create that perfect shot.  

SET DESIGN

INSTRUCTOR:  Melissa Hardesty

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  Some basic tools may be required for students on the Set Design Team.  The instructor will send a list via email.

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./15 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Spring Semester Thursdays 9:00-10:30

COURSE FEE:  $120      MATERIALS FEE:  None

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Varies

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Students will work in cooperation with the Drama class to build props and design the set for Anchor's annual Drama production at the end of the year. This course will involve the implementation of simple carpentry skills and engineering concepts, artistic creativity, and team-building opportunities.  A knowledge of basic tool use is recommended. 

STOP-MOTION & CLAYMATION

(Two sections of this class are offered by two different tutors, but the course content will be the same.) 

TUTOR:  Cody Slaughter

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  Tutor will send a supply list via email.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Students should have access to an iPad with the Stop Motion Studio Pro app ($4.99 on iTunes) downloaded before class starts.

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Thursdays 10:30-12:00

COURSE FEES:   $240    MATERIALS FEE:  $65

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light to moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION:   Building upon inspiration from Shawn the Sheep, Wallace & Grommit, and The Lego Movie, students will create stop-motion animations from Legos, clay, wire, paper and other materials. Students will develop storyboards, characters, and mini sets, as well use the Stop Motion Studio Pro app to build their projects.  This is a very energetic and challenging class...be ready to create!!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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