• Visual & Performing Arts Pathway

    The rich and varied Arts curriculum at Masconomet encourages all students to become lifelong participants in, and patrons of the arts. Studying the visual and performing arts provides students with a wide variety of essential thinking skills that allows for artistic development and personal expression. Some of these skills are observation, active listening, envisioning, experimentation, decision making, persistence, learning from mistakes, self-reflection, collaboration, and verbal and non-verbal communication. These creative problem-solving skills are not only invaluable to the students for whom art becomes a vocation or avocation, but also help to equip all students to become citizens that are creative problem solvers in any endeavor of their choosing.

    Visual & Performing Arts Pathway Requirements

    In order to complete the Visual & Performing Arts Pathway, students must accumulate a minimum of 20 points as described below:   

    • A minimum of 15 points from Art and/or Music (1 credit = 1 point) 
    • A maximum of 5 points from Art and/or Music extra curricular activities.  List below does not include all.
    • Internship or other capstone project is required to complete the pathway and will earn 2 points.

    Course & Exracurricular Options




    Art Studio I

    Art Studio II/III

    Art Explorations



    Ceramics I

    Ceramics II

    Photography I

    Photography II

    Photography III/IV

    Digital Photography

    AP Art History

    AP Studio Art

    Art Studio I

    Art Studio II/III

    Art Explorations

    Graphic Design I

    Graphic Design II

    Fashion Design I 

    Fashion Design II

    Innovative Product Design

    Digital Photography

    Web Design

    Woodworking I

    Woodworking II/III

    AP Studio Art


    Acting I & II

    Chamber Choir

    Chamber Music


    Concert Band

    Jazz Choir

    Jazz I & II

    Jazz Improv

    Ladies Chorale

    Mens Chorale

    Music Theory I & II



    Wind Endsemble


    Summer Job in Related Field 

    Art Competition Participation

    Independent Projects (outside of coursework with approval)

    Photography Club

    Habitat for Humanity

    Stage and/or Costume Design

    Theater and/or Music Performance (outside of coursework)

    The two courses listed below are strongly recommended for incoming 9th graders that are interested in the Visual Art Pathway.

    Art Studio I 

    This is a hands --- on and active yearlong course! Students at all levels of ability and experience are encouraged to begin their journey into the high school art program here! Students will solve visual challenges in the following areas: drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and design. Art appreciation will be incorporated throughout the yearlong curriculum as well. The difference between CP and H is that the honors students complete one major additional independent project each quarter. 

    Art Explorations

    This comprehensive introductory semester course is designed to allow for artistic discovery by presenting creative challenges that involve both skill development and reflective experience. Students will explore a wide variety of art media and processes. Units covered will include two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, and drawing. Students will be asked to observe, think creatively, and make critical decisions while developing problem-solving skills in this engaging hands-on course.

    For more information on some other courses that can be applied toward the academic component please browse the list above and refer to the course descriptions in the Program of Studies. 
  • Program of Studies

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