The Vanguard Fine Arts Programs exist to:
Develop the natural talents of all students
Promote excellence in all activities
Build character through creative pursuits
Encourage service to the world through the arts
Theatre Arts Courses
Introduction to Theatre, offered to middle school students, is designed to give the beginning theatre student a solid foundation with regard to the origin and history of theatre. We study many different playwrights from a variety of genres and eras. These students perform a small piece for the annual Follies show in the fall and Night of Fine Arts (N.O.F.A) in the spring.
Theatre Arts I, offered to high school students, concentrates more on performance and introduces students to the art of being on stage with confidence. Students also experience the technical side of theatre, including lights and sound. These students perform at multiple events, including the Follies and N.O.F.A.
Advanced Performing Arts students are pushed beyond their comfort zones to enlarge their theatrical base. Students perform and study classic and modern plays. These students perform, manage the stage, and assist at all performing events throughout the year. In addition, Advanced Performing arts students write plays for the Vanguard children’s theater summer camp.
Extracurricular Acting Opportunities
TAPPS one act play competition takes place in the fall. We hold auditions in the spring for this cast. Any student at Vanguard may participate regardless of enrollment in theatre class.
TAPPS solo and duet events include Prose, Poetry, Duet and Solo acting. Other competitive speaking opportunities exist at this competition, which is held in early spring.
Beginning Strings is offered to interested students in any grade. This course is designed to give students with little or no experience an introduction to playing a stringed instrument, note reading, music theory, and musical expression. Instruments studied in this course are violin, viola, cello, and double bass. The beginning string ensemble performs at the Follies show in the fall and N.O.F.A in the spring. In addition, these students participate in service projects and in-school performances throughout the year.
Intermediate and Advanced Strings classes are available for string players with at least one year of experience on their instruments. These students combine to form a single ensemble and perform during the school day, at off-campus service projects, at Follies, and at N.O.F.A. Spots in this orchestra are available by audition only. Instruments include violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, and guitar at the teacher’s discretion.
Extracurricular Music Opportunities
Chamber Music is an extracurricular, selective program offered by audition only. As a string quartet or trio, these students rehearse after school weekly and perform at smaller venues, such as house parties, luncheons, and community events.
Band is an extracurricular activity offered to Vanguard students of any grade and level. Band meets in the music room before school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This ensemble is facilitated by qualified Baylor music students. Fine Arts or PE credit may be available for this activity. Performances are at the discretion of the instructor and the fine arts director.
Drum Line is an extracurricular activity available to Vanguard students of any grade or level. This group meets before school on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the gym. The Vanguard drum line performs at pep rallies, home football games, and district home basketball games for boys and girls. P.E. or Fine Arts credit is available for this activity by request.
Private Music Lessons on any instrument are available at Vanguard at the student’s expense. A variety of instructors are available to teach on campus in the music room. Any Vanguard student or sibling is welcome to participate in on-campus lessons. For more information, please contact the fine arts director.
Visual Arts Courses
Art I, offered to eighth through twelfth-grade students, is an introduction to studio visual arts, designed to create an appreciation of the media, techniques, and purposes of the creative process. Students learn many different art-making processes, in both two and three dimensions, including drawing, painting, collage, ceramics, and introductions into wood and metal sculpture.
Advanced Art, students build upon what they learned in Art I, creating advanced artwork using a variety of art-making processes. Students also begin to develop their own artistic “voice” and style. Traditional art-making techniques are developed and new techniques are explored in the media of the student’s choice, which can include drawing, painting, ceramics, wood sculpture, metal sculpture, darkroom photography, and many more. The course emphasizes perception of the visual world and the techniques and materials used for self-expression.
Extracurricular Art Opportunities
TAPPS State Art Competition takes place in the spring. Students have the opportunity to enter their artwork into this competition in many different categories. They compete both individually and as the Vanguard College Preparatory School Team. Any student at Vanguard may participate regardless of enrollment in art classes.
VASE – Visual Arts Scholastic Event takes place in late winter. Students have the opportunity to showcase their artwork among other students of the same level, with the opportunity to medal and advance to the state level. They will meet one-on-one with a judge about their work, and have the opportunity to participate in enjoyable art workshops. There is a regional event followed by a state event later in the year for those students who advance.
Art on Elm Avenue takes place in the spring. Students have the opportunity to participate in a local art exhibition, to show the Waco community the great artwork being made at Vanguard College Preparatory School. Awards will be given to winners in various categories.