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The Arts

 

S. Currie
S. Hayes (Department Head)
S. Hilton
L. Jack
R. Messmer

P. Rai

Experience in the arts - dramatic arts, music, and visual arts - plays a valuable role in the education of all students.

Courses in the Arts will:

  • nourish the imagination and develop a sense of beauty, while providing unique ways for students to gain insights into the world around them
  • help students develop their ability to listen and observe, and enables them to become more self-aware and self-confident
  • encourage students to take risks, to solve problems in creative ways, and to draw on their resourcefulness.

The knowledge and skills developed in the study of the arts can be applied in many other endeavors.

 

Drama

Grade 9 - ADA 1O0

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 analyze drama, and then reflect on the experiences to develop an understanding of themselves, the art form, and the world around them.

 

Grade 10 - ADA 2O0

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.

 

Grade 11 - ADA 3M0

This course requires students to create and perform in dramatic presentations. Students will analyze, interpret, and perform dramatic works from various cultures and time periods. Students will research various acting styles and conventions that could be used in their presentations, and analyze the functions of playwrights, directors, actors, designers, technicians, and audiences.

 Prerequisite: Drama, Grade 9 or 10, Open

 

Grade 12 - ADA 4M0

This course requires students to experiment individually and collaboratively with forms and conventions of both drama and theatre from various cultures and time periods. Students will interpret dramatic literature and other texts and media sources while learning about various theories of directing and acting. Students will examine the significance of dramatic arts in various cultures, and will analyze how the knowledge and skills developed in drama are related to their personal skills, social awareness, and goals beyond secondary school.

 Prerequisite: Drama, Grade 11, University/College Preparation

Music

 

AMU 101 – Gr. 9 Beginner Instrumental Music

 

This course is for students who wish to learn a new instrument.

This course emphasizes the creation and performance of music at a level consistent with previous experience and is aimed at developing technique, sensitivity, and imagination. Students will develop musical literacy skills by using the creative and critical analysis processes in composition, performance, and a range of reflective and analytical activities. Students will develop an understanding of the conventions and elements of music and of safe practices related to music, and will develop a variety of skills transferable to other areas of their life.

Prerequisite: None

 

AMU 102 – Gr. 9 Experienced Instrumental Music

 

This course is for students who will continue playing the same instrument as they did in grade 7 and 8. 

This course emphasizes the creation and performance of music at a level consistent with previous experience and is aimed at developing technique, sensitivity, and imagination. Students will develop musical literacy skills by using the creative and critical analysis processes in composition, performance, and a range of reflective and analytical activities. Students will develop an understanding of the conventions and elements of music and of safe practices related to music, and will develop a variety of skills transferable to other areas of their life.

Prerequisite: None

 

 AMU 202 – Gr. 10 Experienced Instrumental Music

 

This course emphasizes the creation and performance of music at a level consistent with previous experience. Students will develop musical literacy skills by using the creative and critical analysis processes in composition, performance, and a range of reflective and analytical activities. Students will develop their understanding of musical conventions, practices, and terminology and apply the elements of music in a range of activities. They will also explore the function of music in society with reference to the self, communities, and cultures.

Prerequisite: None

AMU3M0 – Gr. 11 Instrumental Music

 

This course provides students with opportunities to develop their musical literacy through the creation, appreciation, analysis, and performance of music, including traditional, commercial, and art music. Students will apply the creative process when performing appropriate technical exercises and repertoire and will employ the critical analysis processes when reflecting on, responding to, and analysing live and recorded performances. Students will consider the function of music in society and the impact of music on individuals and communities. They will explore how to apply skills developed in music to their life and careers.

Prerequisite: Music, Grade 9 or 10, Open

AMU4M0 – Gr. 12 Instrumental Music

 

This course enables students to enhance their musical literacy through the creation, appreciation, analysis, and performance of music. Students will perform traditional, commercial, and art music, and will respond with insight to live and recorded performances. Students will enhance their understanding of the function of music in society and the impact of music on themselves and various communities and cultures. Students will analyse how to apply skills developed in music to their life and careers.

Prerequisite: Music, Grade 11, University/College Preparation

 

AMG3M0 – Gr. 11 Guitar

This course is for students who are beginner guitar players.  Emphasis will be placed on developing proper finger and picking techniques and will include single line melody reading and chording. 

 

Prerequisite: None

 

AMG4M0 – Gr. 12 Guitar

 

This course is for students who have taken the grade 11 guitar course and will focus specifically on finger picking.  A pick will not be used in this course.  The music of study is primarily method book studies and folk songs. 

 

Prerequisite: Gr. 11 Guitar or permission of teacher

 

Photography

 

AWQ 3M0

This course focuses on the refinement of students’ skills and knowledge in visual arts. Students will analyze art forms; use theories of art in analyzing and producing art; and increase their understanding of stylistic changes in modern and contemporary Western art, Canadian art and art forms from various parts of the world. This is a one credit Course that addresses the multifaceted needs of the beginning journalism student by introducing them to all phases of yearbook production. Students in this course will learn the skills of Journalism, Layout and Design, Marketing, Sales and Advertising, Photography, and Graphic design. Students will use Photoshop and Page layout software and course activities will be closely related to the real world of interviewing, reporting, meeting deadlines and producing a widely viewed publication.

Recommended preparation:  One grade nine, ten, or eleven visual art course.

 

AWQ 4M0

 

This course focuses on the refinement of students’ skills and knowledge in visual arts. Students will analyze art forms; use theoriesof art in analyzing and producing art; and increase their understanding of stylistic changes in modern and contemporary Western Art, Canadian art and art forms from various parts of the world. Instryction will include the use of the digital cameraand image manipulation software.

PREREQUISITE:  AWQ 3M0 Yearbook Photography.

 

 

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