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​​​​Welcome to the Arts!

 

At DSSS, we have 5 program areas in the Arts: Dance, Drama, Media Art, Music and Visual Art. Below you will find brief course descriptions for all courses offered in the 2011-2012 school year.

 

For more information, check out our own independent website: http://dsssarts.com

 

Mr. S. Keenleyside

(Head of the  Arts)

 

Dance, Grade 9 – open

ATC 1O


This course gives students the opportunity to explore their technical and compositional skills by applying the elements of dance and the tools of composition in a variety of performance situations. Students will generate movement through structured and unstructured improvisation, demonstrate an understanding of safe practices with regard to themselves and others in the dance environment, and identify the function and significance of dance within the global community. The dance course will explore all of these concepts through a variety of dance forms, such as: African dance, Swing dance, Broadway Jazz, and Hip Hop/Urban dance forms. Invited guest artists residencies in the classroom will also supplement and add to the experience in the dance class. Field trips to see live dance performances may also be included if there are shows available and related to the theme of the course.

Prerequisite: None

 

Dance, Grade 10 – open

ATC 2O

 

This course emphasizes the development of students’ technique and creative skills relating to the elements of dance and the tools of composition in a variety of performance situations. Students will identify responsible personal and interpersonal practices related to dance processes and production, and will apply technologies and techniques throughout the process of creation to develop artistic scope in the dance arts. The dance course will explore all of these concepts through a variety of dance forms, such as: a world dance form (TBA), jazz/urban dance , and contemporary dance. Invited guest artists residencies in the classroom will also supplement and add to the experience in the dance class. Field trips to see live dance performances may also be included if there are shows available and related to the theme of the course.

Prerequisite: None

 

Dance, Grade 11 – University/College Preparation

ATC 3M

 

This course emphasizes the development of technical, composition, and presentation skills in one or more world dance forms. Students will acquire and refine dance skills; compose and present increasingly complex dance works; interpret and evaluate a variety of dance presentations; and study the historical development of various dance forms and the function of dance in specific cultures. The dance course will explore all of these concepts through a variety of dance forms, such as: 2- world dance forms (which changes from year to year), and a more in depth development in contemporary dance. Invited guest artists residencies in the classroom will also supplement and add to the experience in the dance class. Field trips to see live dance performances may also be included if there are shows available and related to the theme of the course.

Prerequisite: Dance, Grade 9 or 10, Open (ATC 1O or ATC 2O)


Dance, Grade 12 – University/College Preparation

​ATC 4M


This course emphasizes the development of technical proficiency and the creation and presentation of complex compositions. Students will acquire increasingly difficult technical skills; assume leadership as dancers, choreographers, and production personnel; analyse and evaluate dance performances; and study historical and cultural aspects of dance, especially of dance in Canada. The dance course will explore all of these concepts through a variety of dance forms, such as: a world dance forms (which changes from year to year), advanced contemporary dance, and contact dance. Invited guest artists residencies in the classroom will also supplement and add to the experience in the dance class. This course also focuses on the creating and making a dance for camera film. Field trips to see live dance performances may also be included if there are shows available and related to the theme of the course.

​Prerequisite: Dance, Grade 11, University/College Preparation or Open


 

Dramatic Arts, Grade 9 – open

ADA 1O

 

This course provides opportunities for students to explore dramatic forms and techniques, using material from a wide range of sources and cultures. Students will use the elements of drama to examine situations and issues that are relevant to their lives. Students will create, perform, discuss, and analyse drama, and then reflect on the experiences to develop an understanding of themselves, the art form, and the world around them. Some examples of dramatic forms we will be exploring in grade 9 drama are: Tableaux, Stage Combat, Physical Theatre/Comedy, Silent film, and Choral Drama.

Prerequisite: None

 

Dramatic Arts, Grade 10 – open

ADA 2O

 

This course provides opportunities for students to explore dramatic forms, conventions, and techniques. Students will explore a variety of dramatic sources from various cultures and representing a range of genres. Students will use the elements of drama in creating and communicating through dramatic works. Students will assume responsibility for decisions made in the creative and collaborative processes and will reflect on their experiences. Some examples of dramatic forms we will be exploring in grade 10 drama are: Rudolf Van Laban acting techniques, short monologue studies, the dramatic pause, mime, minimal scripts, scene study and the 10-minute play production.

Prerequisite: None

 

Dramatic Arts, Grade 11 – University/College Preparation

ADA 3M

 

This course requires students to create and to perform dramatic presentations. Students will analyse, interpret, and perform works of drama from various cultures, including Western plays from around 1900. Students will also do research on different acting styles and conventions for their presentations, create original works, and analyse the functions of playwright, director, actor, producer, designer, technician, and audience. Some examples of dramatic forms we will be exploring in grade 11 drama are: Melodrama, Stanislavski Acting Theory—The Method, scene study/20-30 minute play production, exploring status, and Docudrama.

Prerequisite: Dramatic Arts, Grade 9 or 10, Open

 

Media Art, Grade 10 – open

ASM 2O

 

Grade 10 Media Art course explores how students can use new and emerging technologies to

create meaningful imagery that explores issues and themes facing contemporary society so that

students can voice their values, beliefs and opinions. Students will use a variety of new media and emerging technologies such as digital photography, digital illustration, digital imaging, animation, video and sound to visually express their thinking. The structure of the course is set in such a way to allow students to develop the basic skills necessary to use a particular medium, apply the techniques in a familiar context, and then to apply techniques in innovative and unconventional ways by incorporating ideas and concepts from the contributing art forms of Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Art. Media Art is a hybrid discipline that emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to learning. By the end of the course students should be able to independently work through the creative process as they develop their own ideas and concepts for artworks within an assigned theme. Regular exposure to media artworks will be used as examples and to develop student’s vocabulary for writing and talking about their own work and the work of others.

Pre-requisite: a grade 9 arts credit is recommended

 

Media Art, Grade 11 – University/College Preparation

ASM 3M

 

The grade 11 Media Art course extends students initial experience with new and emerging

technologies as a tool for artistic expression by deeper exploration of the principles of duration and point of view. Students will continue to apply concepts and ideas from the contributing art forms of Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Art as they create time based artworks using photography, sound, video and animation within the contexts of installation, projection and internet art. Students will have considerable studio time available for refining their skills with the media used for each assignment through tutorials and independent exploration. Developing an understanding of the important media artists of performance art, installation art, digital art, multi media art, and internet art will be accomplished through regular investigation of artworks that are thematically related to ideas and issues being explored in each of the units. Regular analysis of important historical and contemporary media art works will refine the student’s understanding of important media art vocabulary and processes, as well as provide reference for the development of their own work.

Pre-requisite: Media Art, Grade 10, Open (ASM 2O)

 

Introductory Instrumental Music, Grade 9 - open

AMU 1O3

 

This course is open to any student who wants to learn to play a band instrument that has absolutely no prior experience. The instruments to choose from are: Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Oboe, Bassoon, Baritone, Tuba, French Horn and Percussion. By the end of this course, students will know how to read notated music, perform a variety of simple compositions on their instrument, and have a

general understanding of the evolution of Western Music over the last 400 years.

Prerequisite: None

 

Experienced Instrumental Music, Grade 9 - open

AMU 1O5

 

This course is open to any student who already plays a standard band instrument (Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba or Percussion). Typically, students in this class have studied an instrument in middle school. By the end of this course, students will be able to read intermediate level notated music, perform a wide variety of music compositions in various styles and have a general understanding of the evolution of Western Music over the last 400 years.

Prerequisite: None

 

Instrumental Music, Grade 1O - open

AMU 2O0

 

This course is typically taken by students that already have experience playing a standard band instrument (Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba or Percussion). By the end of this course students will have studied the music of Jazz, R&B, Baroque, Funk and contemporary band. Additionally, they will have already begun composing their own music using the

necessary theoretical concepts studied in class. The final two units focus students on the role of music in Canadian society and engage them in an independent investigation of a particular genre of music.

Prerequisite: None

 

Gr. 10 Music & Computers, Grade 10 - open

AMM 2O0

 

In Gr. 10 Music and Computers class we use Macs to compose, remix and sample songs, through a program called Garageband. Additionally, we study Live Audio recording methods and techniques (using ProTools LE and Logic Pro), Audio for Film and Television (both Foley Audio and more strict song use) and Commercial Audio. Mostly based on the use of MIDI keyboards, we use software-based synthesized instruments and effects to produce a variety of works for each aspect of the class. However, many of us also utilize live guitars, basses and wind instruments in their compositions.

Prerequisite: None

 

Music & Computers, Grade 11 University/College Preparation

AMM 3M0 & 3O0

 

This grade 11 class is a continuation of the concepts studied at the grade 10 level, this time with more powerful tools and challenging assignments. This course continues to develop the keyboard or guitar skills begun in grade 10. Additionally, the recording and composing program at this level is now a professional application, Logic Pro. While some of the general concepts are similar to grade 10 (components of songs, basic elements of music, recording techniques), the actual assignments and concepts are more challenging. One very popular part of this course is recording and producing a live album of student work. As this is a continuation of the simple concepts from grade 10, students in this course are expected to have stronger instrumental skills, and have a desire to write their own music (rather than recording the work of other artists).

Prerequisite: Gr. 10 Music & Computers, Grade 10 – open (AMM 2O0)

 

Visual Art, Grade 9 – open

AVI 1O

 

In grade 9 visual art, students are encouraged to explore and experiment with a variety of traditional media, such as drawing (pencil, charcoal, pastels...), painting (batik, watercolour, acrylic), clay sculpture, mixed media and printmaking (lino prints, dry points) as they explore a variety of topics and issues relating to identity. Emphasis is placed on the creative process (i.e. brainstorming, mind mapping, visual research, contextual research, experimenting with media and techniques) to establish well thought out and meaningful art works. By looking at and talking about historical and contemporary images, students will begin to develop their vocabulary for art and to understand their work in relationship to the artwork of others. The course is organized around a central theme, to allow students to build on their skills and ideas as they progress through the course.

Prerequisite: None

 

Visual Art, Grade 10 – open

AVI 2O

 

In grade 10 Visual Art, students expand upon their knowledge and understanding of core skills, concepts and language developed in grade 9. Studio work focuses on the refinement of media techniques in drawing (pencil, charcoal, conte, pastels...), painting (watercolour, acrylic), clay sculpture, mixed media and print making (lino prints, dry point etching, proto-plate lithography). By the end of the course, students are expected to be able to demonstrate some independence using the creative process, by using their sketchbooks and portfolios to organize their brainstorming, concept mapping, visual and contextual research, experimentation with media and techniques, and self-assessments. Studio time will be provided to students to conduct exploration with the media being used for each assignment so students can apply their discoveries to their own work. By looking at historical and contemporary artworks, students will build upon the vocabulary of art learned in grade 9 Visual Art and develop the skills necessary to make valid interpretations of images as they explore the importance of art within our society. The artworks studied will be thematically related to the ideas and concepts that are being explored in studio.

 Pre-requisite: None

 

Visual Art, Grade 11 - University/College Preparation

AVI 3M

 

In grade 11 Visual Art, students are encouraged to develop their own artistic / visual style through in-depth exploration and experimentation as they refine their understanding of the application and limitations of a variety of media including, but no limited to drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, mixed media, and printmaking. Through a variety of thematically based units, students will respond to contemporary and potentially controversial issues that are relevant and important to students, and in the history of art. The art history component of the course is designed to complement the studio learning, while giving the student context for their own art making. By the end of this course, students should have the beginning of a strong portfolio and the ability to intelligently use the vocabulary of art to discuss their work and the work of others.

Pre-requisite: Visual Art, Grade 9 or 10, Open (AVI1O or AVI2O)

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