The Arts

Scroll down to explore the Artistic opportunities available at Hillcrest.


The Arts

Scroll down to explore the Artistic opportunities available at Hillcrest.

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Visual Art

Visual Art

Art Courses

7th Grade Art

This course is structured around the elements of art (line, shape, form, space, color, volume, and texture)

8th Grade Art

This course presents a set of studies that are structured around the Art Principles (rhythm, movement, balance, proportion, variety, emphasis, and unity).

Art Foundations

In this course, students will be exposed to many different art forms and styles. We will study a great many artists and their work. At times students will explore the use of many different art “media” and develop the ability to apply different techniques to their artistic expression.
* A $10 lab fee, each semester, is to be paid before any supplies or grades will be released.

Art Studio 2 & 3

Pre-requisite: Art Foundations

In these “Advanced” Art Studio courses students will choose two specific media groups (Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Ceramics, Graphic Design, & Photography) and study art forms and styles directly related to their choice.  We will study a great many artists and their work.
* A $10 lab fee is to be paid, each semester, before any supplies or grades will be released.

AP Art Studio

This course is an independent study that requires at least one-year senior high art. Junior and Senior’s only.  Students choose from one of three categories; Drawing, 2-D Design or 3-D Design.



In this course, students will explore the use of clay as an artistic medium and develop abilities to apply different techniques in the use of clay to enhance their artistic expression.  This course will allow you to gain technical skills in ceramics and grow in your understanding of the communication that takes place through art.
* A $35 lab fee is to be paid prior to the 2nd week of school.


This course is intended to teach basic photography skills and to develop an understanding of the photo process thought study and practical experiences.
* You must supply your own 35 mm camera in order to benefit and perform the class requirements.
* A $15 lab fee is to be paid prior to the 2nd week of school.

Digital Photography

This course expands upon the principles of photography with an emphasis on manipulation and composition of digital images. 





Fall Choir

The Fall Choir is a mixed choir opens to all students interested in learning to sing in a large choral ensemble regardless of musical background.  No auditions are required to be a part of this ensemble.  This class meets only during the first semester.  Students taking this course will learn fundamentals of vocal production, such as correct breathing technique, vowel formation, and vertical space/raised soft palate, and how to affect change in vocal tone quality.  Students will be exposed to a wide variety of repertoire in this one semester course, which will help students learn the various facets of vocal production previously mentioned.  The Fall Choir performs at least twice during the first semester: the Homecoming All School Concert, and the HLA Christmas Concert.  Other performance opportunities may be pursued based upon student availability and quality of the performance setting.


Concert Choir

The Concert Choir is a mixed ensemble, which rehearses and performs during the second semester.  Members are selected from the ranks of the Fall Choir by audition during the month of November.  Students taking this course will receive more advanced training in vocal production, such as vocal production, such as correct breathing technique, vowel formation, vertical space/raised soft palate and proper diction of foreign language pieces included in the concert repertoire.  Students will also acquire knowledge of the historical background of the literature under study as well as historical performance practice.  The Concert Choir tours every other year during the Easter Vacation (two and a half weeks) and a shorter tour in those years the Concert Band tours during Easter.  The Concert Choir also performs during the All School Concert and Commencement exercise during graduation weekend.

Vocalise (Voh-kah-lees) - Advanced vocal exercise by experienced singers.

Vocalise is a small, select vocal ensemble, which is available to sixteen high school students by audition only.  This group focuses primarily on Vocal Jazz and Renaissance literature.  Students will have the opportunity to develop the vocal skills delineated in other choral descriptions.  In addition, they will also be exposed to singing vocal literature in Italian and German, and have the opportunity to develop their improvisational skills.  Vocalise will be involved in numerous local performances highlighted by a spring concert held at A Center for the Arts/Fergus Theatre in downtown Fergus Falls.

Junior High Choir

This course is open to all Junior High students who are interested in learning to sing in a small to medium sized choral ensemble.  Students will be exposed to various fundamentals of vocal production such as correct posture, proper breathing techniques, vowel formation, and the concept of vertical space/raised soft palate.  The focus of this course will be two-fold: 1. Performing appropriate unison, two-part and three-part choral literature in a variety of musical styles. 2. Understanding fundamentals of music through sight- reading activities and music theory worksheets.

Private Voice/Piano Lessons

Private voice and piano lessons are offered at HLA for academic credit.  Students who register for this course will receive one lesson per week, and will be expected to practice during the same class period in which they have their lessons on non-lesson days.  Voice students will learn necessary skills for proper vocal production; diaphragmatic breathing, vowel formation, vertical space/singing with a raised soft palate, in addition to being exposed to a variety of art song literature.  Piano students will learn proper keyboard technique; hand position, fingering patterns and scales, as well as exposure to a wide variety of piano literature and introduction to music theory.





Concert Band

This ensemble serves as the primary instrumental group for students in grades 9-12 at Hillcrest, and they perform the highest quality literature available based upon instrumentation and experience of the ensemble. Participation in the Concert Band involves performance opportunities throughout the school year, individual lessons, pep band, and contest events. Short and extended concert tour experiences are a highlight of this ensemble.


Jazz Ensemble

Pre-requisite: Concert Band

The Jazz Ensemble provides experience in all styles of jazz music that can benefit the performer in all aspects of playing. This group provides performance opportunities, music contest participation, and band tour performances. Students are instructed in jazz style and improvisation as an integral part of this unique music.

Junior High Band

This ensemble is for instrumentalists at all levels in the Junior High.  Through performance and individual lessons, students gain understanding and skills in basic musicianship and musical style on their chosen instrument. The Junior High Band is involved in several concert events during the school year.

5th and 6th Grade Band

This group is open to students enrolled in area private schools and home schools. It provides a performing experience for 1st and 2nd year instrumentalists, and individual lessons are given to  foster the musical growth that is vital during these first two years in band. Several concert events are provided each year, and students perform music that enriches the skills developed through private instruction.

Summer Instrumental Lessons

Summer lessons are available for students to grow and excel on their chosen instrument through individual study. These lessons are held starting in June, and students are encouraged to develop all aspects of their playing. Areas of study include technique, solo literature, and extra topics. Beginning students start their instruments during this time as well. Information and registration details are sent to all band students in the spring.