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AWA2O0    Arts and Crafts

The open Arts and Crafts course in Grade 10 allows students to broaden their knowledge and skills in past and present visual art techniques. Students create artworks that explore a range of subject matter and cultures including paper sculpture, jewellery design, wire sculpture, clay sculpture, and mosaic tile work. In this course students are encouraged to produce a body of creative work to either support what is created within the visual and digital media art courses or to simply explore different forms of hands-on art creation. Students learn a variety of techniques to create art and explore a wide range of artist materials.  This course is recommended for students who wish to further their enjoyment of the visual arts and are not necessarily artistically inclined. As such, students may choose to complete their projects using provided complete kits or they may challenge themselves to make the assignments more personalized. Students are not expected to have any art training to take this course yet might like to develop skills that relate strongly to the work place, such as visual problem solving, and visual thinking.

Prerequisite:  none

 

 

AWA 3O0  Arts and Crafts General

The open Arts and Crafts course in Grade 11 allows students to broaden their knowledge and skills in past and present visual art techniques. Students create artworks that explore a range of subject matter and cultures including paper sculpture, jewellery design, wire sculpture, clay sculpture, and mosaic tile work. In this course students are encouraged to produce a body of creative work to either support what is created within the visual and digital media art courses or to simply explore different forms of hands-on art creation. Students learn a variety of techniques to create art and explore a wide range of artist materials.  This course is recommended for students who wish to further their enjoyment of the visual arts and are not necessarily artistically inclined. As such, students may choose to complete their projects using provided complete kits or they may challenge themselves to make the assignments more personalized. Students are not expected to have any art training to take this course yet might like to develop skills that relate strongly to the work place, such as visual problem solving, and visual thinking.

Pre-requisite:  none

 

 

AWK3M0    Illustration

The new grade 11 Illustration course has several features which will help students develop a portfolio that demonstrates a unique personal style and a high level of professional skills as a pathway to a post secondary Illustration program at a competitive level. Some specific types of illustration that will be studied include: traditional, digital, fantasy, comic book (superhero, anime and manga, etc.), fashion, graphic design, and animals & creatures.  

As the course is completed, students' portfolios will demonstrate the following skills: drawing and an understanding of the figure; concepts of storytelling; the use of colour to convey feeling and mood; perspective and composition; mastery of techniques through use of a variety of artist materials (including marker and gouche paint); traditional and digital methods; neatness and presentation.

Prerequisite:  AVI1O or AVI2O 

 

 

Digital and Media Arts

 

 

ASM 3O0  Media Art

Grade 11 Media Art is an open level credit in which any student may enroll in during their four years at Heart Lake.  It is, however, recommended that students do not take this course before their grade 11 year.  Since it is an open level credit, students are not expected to have any prior knowledge about any art practice. 

 

This course ultimately is focused around forms of art which do not exist in frames, are hung on walls, and are located in galleries.   Students will be expected to discuss how art can be seen on brick walls in cities, on t-shirts, on skateboard decks, etc.  Issues surrounding copyright infringement, creative autonomy, authenticity, and the passion required to be an artist is discussed throughout the semester.

 

By the end of the semester, students will have learned how to competently use Adobe Photoshop to edit images as well as draw, how to take a well-composed digital photograph that is highly expressive, how to make images stencil-ready and then proceed to cut them, how to cut and apply Thermoflex vinyl to create wearable art, as well as the art of skateboard deck design.

 

This is a great option for any student who either wants to improve or explore their creative thinking skills in different ways or for a student who simply needs to meet their art elective requirement.  Students taking this course must, however, be aware that it does not fill the prerequisite to take Grade 12 Digital Media Art.

Prerequisite: None

 

 

AWS 3M0  Digital Media Art

Grade 11 Digital Media Art is a mixed college/ university credit in which students who have successfully completed Grade 10 Digital Media Art (AWS 2O0) are recommended to take.  Students who have only taken Grade 9 Visual Art (AVI 1O0) and/ or Grade 10 Visual Art (AVI 2O0) may also enroll in this course, however, will have to learn the fundamentals of both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator on their own time before proceeding with the assigned work.  As such, it is highly recommended that students complete the Grade 10 prerequisite beforehand.

 

This course focuses specifically focuses on the Psychology of Graphic Design.  As such, students will delve deeply into the art of Typography in which text is designed not only to provide information by their inherent meaning but through their actual appearance and layout on a page. Students are taken through a number of critical and creative thinking tasks to understand how text has a major influence to the understanding of an image when placed beside it and vice versa.  Terms including, "context", "appropriation", "juxtaposition", "recontextualization", etc. will set the tone for the entire course and are expected to be used by the students when analyzing a work of art. 

 

In relation to these tasks, students will create a number of typographic works of art (including one on a t-shirt using Thermoflex vinyl), learn how to transform a human portrait into a fantastical being, and create art that has a social message with the use of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

 

Students who successfully complete this course will be sufficiently ready to further their skills on an independent level in Grade 12 Digital Media Art (AWS4M0)

Prerequisite: AVI 1O0, AVI 2O0, AWS 2O0 (It is recommended that students have taken AWS 2O0 as this is an introductory year to Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator)

 

 

AWS 4M0  Digital Media Art

Grade 12 Digital Media Art is a mixed college/ university credit in which students who have successfully completed Grade 11 Digital Media Art (AWS 3M0) are recommended to take.

As students in this course will already have a comfortable and sufficient knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and digital photography, much of the course is designed for the students to work on their own independently set schedules.  While students will be assigned a couple of theme-specific projects that will assist in events held at the school, the majority of the projects will be defined by the students' personal interests, artistic strengths, and goals they have set for themselves. 

 

Art theory that was covered in both Grade 10 Digital Media Art and Grade 11 Digital Media Art will be explored again on a more in depth level, including the art of typography, image and text, semiotics, etc.  Students will also be exposed to a more extensive look at conceptually motivated digital photography.

 

As a senior academic course, students are expected to carry themselves in a professional and responsible manner, managing their time, resources, and relationships.  Additionally, students are expected to push themselves to think beyond the obvious and beyond what they are comfortable with.

 

Students who are considering on pursuing a post-secondary education in design, graphic design, fashion, architecture, game design, etc. are recommended to take this course.

Prerequisite: AWS3M0

 

 

Visual Arts

  

AVI1O0    Visual Art

This course is a fun, hands-on, and creative course offering an overview of visual arts as a foundation for further study. Students will be introduced to a variety of different media (such as sculpture, drawing, painting and printmaking) and materials to create artworks. Students' artworks will integrate colour theory as well as the fundamental components of design known as the elements and principles. Students will learn how to think critically by analyzing various pieces of art and reflecting upon their own work. Additionally, students will also study particular historical art periods  and cultures such as Prehistoric, Ancient Egyptian and First Nations. This course is an excellent option for students who would like to explore their creative voice, improve on their artistic skill, or simply to meet the art elective requirement in order to graduate.

Prerequisite: None

 

 

AVI2O  Visual Arts

The grade 10 Visual Arts course expands on some of the core concepts taught in the grade 9 Visual Arts course.  Again, there is a focus on the elements and principles of design, as students begin to create original artworks that show an understanding of composition and design, as well as technical skills related to line design, value and shading, colour theory, and paint application.  Art history lessons are presented thematically, with an emphasis on applying the main concepts of specific art movements to a personalized artwork.  This is evident in the linear scratchboard assignment based on the Art Nouveau period, the realistic portrait drawing based on the photographic collection of Yousuf Karsh, and the acrylic graffiti painting assignment based on more current street artists like Keith Haring and Banksy.  In preparation for the senior level art courses, students are also given the opportunity to create more individualised artworks based on a personal interest, as is the case with the watercolour painting unit and the final culminating figurative sculpture unit.  This course provides an excellent overview of the various disciplines in the arts and allows students to decide if they wish to pursue a more independent style in the grade 11 and 12 Visual Arts courses.

Prerequisite:  none

 

 

AVI3M0    Visual Arts

The grade 11 Visual Arts course builds upon the core concepts explored in the grade 9 and 10 Visual Arts courses, however students are encouraged to take these skills and apply them to more independent artworks that allow them to develop a personal style.  Realistic portraiture drawing is again an important unit of study, with the scale increasing from the grade 10 portrait.  Students are given an opportunity to create a fully independent painting in acrylic, with an emphasis on choosing subject matter, style, and scale.  Plaster sculpture is used to create Venetian masks, an extension of one of the many topics of art history and visual culture studied in this course.  Art history lessons are presented weekly, beginning with the Ancient Greeks and culminating at the end of the 19th Century with the work of Vincent Van Gogh and the Post-Impressionist painters.  The final culminating painting allows students to demonstrate both their understanding of visual culture and their technical skills in an artwork that encourages thinking in more abstract and conceptual ways.  This course not only builds upon previous skills, but also prepares students for the grade 12 Visual Arts course and subsequent post-secondary choices in the arts, as students begin to think about creating original artwork that would be suitable to use in their portfolio.

Prerequisite:  AVI1O or AVI2O

 

 

AVI4M0    Visual Arts

The grade 12 Visual Arts course acts as a culmination of the skills and creative thinking abilities developed throughout the grade 9, 10, and 11 Visual Arts courses.  At this grade level, there is an expectation that students have already developed the necessary technical skills required to complete realistic drawings, paintings, and sculptures.  This course instead focuses on encouraging students to think in more conceptual ways so that their artwork becomes more meaningful and individual.  Students are required to choose a motif, or theme at the beginning of the semester and create at least 4 original artworks to support this theme.  Common artworks that are created are the large scale typography portraits, the abstract painting, and the independent piece.  Sculpture and graphite drawing are also an important component of this course.  Similar to the grade 11 Visual Arts course, art history lessons are presented weekly, beginning with the turn of the 20th Century and culminating with the work of current artists.  Emerging themes and concepts from these art history lessons are expected to be applied to students' personal artworks.  As this course prepares students for post-secondary choices in the arts, there is a focus on building and maintaining both a visual journal to document the creative process and a strong portfolio that showcases a wide variety of media choices and subject matter.

Prerequisite:  AVI3M0

 

 

AWS2O     Digital Media Art

If you are interested in art & design and enjoy using the computer, this course is for you.

In this open-level course, students will be introduced to using technology as an expressive tool to manipulate and create photos and images. Students will develop the skills in producing digital photographs and animations using the industry standards for graphic design (Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator).  Topics include: Digital Photography, Psychology of Graphic Design, Photographic Manipulations and Digital Animation. Developing proficiency as an effective visual communicator will be the focus of this course through creating, interpreting  and analyzing media works.

Students who successfully complete this course are recommended to further their studies by taking AWS3M0 (Grade 11 Digital Media Art).

Prerequisite: none

 

 

ASM3O0    Media Art

Grade 11 Media Art is an open level credit in which any student may enroll in during their four years at Heart Lake.  It is, however, recommended that students do not take this course before their grade 11 year.  Since it is an open level credit, students are not expected to have any prior knowledge about any art practice. 

 

This course ultimately is focused around forms of art which do not exist in frames,  are hung on a walls, and are located in a galleries.   Students will be expected to discuss how art can be seen on brick walls in cities, on t-shirts, on skateboard decks, etc.  Issues surrounding copyright infringement, creative autonomy, authenticity, and the passion required to be an artist is discussed throughout the semester.

 

By the end of the semester, students will have learned how to competently use Adobe Photoshop to edit images as well as draw, how to take a well-composed digital photograph that is highly expressive, how to make images stencil-ready and then proceed to cut them, how to cut and apply Thermoflex vinyl to create wearable art, as well as the art of skateboard deck design.

 

This is a great option for any student who either wants to improve or explore their creative thinking skills in different ways or for a student who simply needs to meet their art elective requirement.  Students taking this course must, however, be aware that it does not fill the prerequisite to take Grade 12 Digital Media Art.

Prerequisite: None

 

 

AWS3M0    Digital Media Art

Grade 11 Digital Media Art is a mixed college/ university credit in which students who have successfully completed Grade 10 Digital Media Art (AWS 2O0) are recommended to take.  Students who have only taken Grade 9 Visual Art (AVI 1O0) and/ or Grade 10 Visual Art (AVI 2O0) may also enroll in this course, however, will have to learn the fundamentals of both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator on their own time before proceeding with the assigned work.  As such, it is highly recommended that students complete the Grade 10 prerequisite beforehand.

 

This course focuses specifically focuses on the Psychology of Graphic Design.  As such, students will delve deeply into the art of Typography in which text is designed not only to provide information by their inherent meaning but through their actual appearance and layout on a page. Students are taken through a number of critical and creative thinking tasks to understand how text has a major influence to the understanding of an image when placed beside it and vice versa.  Terms including, "context", "appropriation", "juxtaposition", "recontextualization", etc. will set the tone for the entire course and are expected to be used by the students when analyzing a work of art. 

 

In relation to these tasks, students will create a number of typographic works of art (including one on a t-shirt using Thermoflex vinyl), learn how to transform a human portrait into a fantastical being, and create art that has a social message with the use of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

 

Students who successfully complete this course will be sufficiently ready to further their skills on an independent level in Grade 12 Digital Media Art (AWS4M0)

Prerequisite: AVI1O0, AVI2O0,  AWS2O0 (Recommended AWS2O0)

 

 

AWS4M0      Digital Media Art

Grade 12 Digital Media Art is a mixed college/ university credit in which students who have successfully completed Grade 11 Digital Media Art (AWS 3M0) are recommended to take.

As students in this course will already have a comfortable and sufficient knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and digital photography, much of the course is designed for the students to work on their own independently set schedules.  While students will be assigned a couple of theme-specific projects that will assist in events held at the school, the majority of the projects will be defined by the students' personal interests, artistic strengths, and goals they have set for themselves. 

 

Art theory that was covered in both Grade 10 Digital Media Art and Grade 11 Digital Media Art will be explored again on a more in depth level, including the art of typography, image and text, semiotics, etc.  Students will also be exposed to a more extensive look at conceptually motivated digital photography.

 

As a senior academic course, students are expected to carry themselves in a professional and responsible manner, managing their time, resources, and relationships.  Additionally, students are expected to push themselves to think beyond the obvious and beyond what they are comfortable with.

 

Students who are considering on pursuing a post-secondary education in design, graphic design, fashion, architecture, game design, etc. are recommended to take this course.

Prerequisite: ASW3M0

 

 

Drama:

 

ADA1O0      Drama

Grade 9 drama is the perfect class for students who are really outgoing or who are very shy.  Do you like being active?  Do you hate getting up in front of the classroom?  If you answered "yes" to either of these questions then Drama is the place for you.  In your first year of Drama you will explore various theatre games and learn all of the basics of Drama.  You explore Tableau and learn to create a Tableau performance that centres around a social issue.  You learn how to speak confidently and properly through the use of Choral Reading, Radio Plays and The Monologue.  The Monologue will also help you explore character development and how to create a brand new person.  In Drama, your body is your instrument, so learning how to use it properly will help you in every other course you take at Heart Lake.  You will also learn how to develop and write a script through the use of Story Drama.  Drama is not just about becoming a great actor; it helps you develop your people skills, self-confidence and self-esteem and often leads to friendships that will last all throughout high school.

Prerequisite: None

 

 

ADA2O0      Drama

Whether you took Drama in grade 9 and loved it, or if you didn't get a chance to take Drama, then you'll love Grade 10!  Just like in grade 9 Drama you will explore various theatre games and be very active!  You will review or learn for the first time, the basics of drama while creating a short piece of the theatre including tableau, movement and music.  You will explore the use of physical performance through the use of Mime and how to tell a story without the use of words.  You will further explore the use of Voice through Choral Reading and dive into a choral speaking project that aids in understanding the injustices throughout the world.  You will once again, prepare and perform a monologue and for the first time have the opportunity to create your own original script, The Mystery Play, and perform it! These assignments will help you learn to be a good group member, communicate well and learn to use time wisely.

Prerequisite: None

 

 

ADA3M0     Grade 11 Drama

Grade 11 Drama is meant to expand on all the great techniques you learned in grades 9 and 10 and will give you more opportunities to explore your creative side. You will start the year off further developing your people skills as you take on a series of assignments that help you work in a group. In grade 11 you will for the first time learn the basics of abstract movement to create really powerful performances. You will have the opportunity to write and perform your own original fairy tale and will once again perform a monologue. You will study older forms of theatre and present an example for the class.  This class has a lot of room for imagination and creative freedom allowing you to really express yourself and explore the kind of performer you want to be. In addition to all of the fun you will have you will be improving your communication skills, your self-confidence and your leadership skills at the same time.

Prerequisite:  ADA1O0 or ADA2O0

 

 

ADA4M0      Drama

In this our final drama course you will really have the opportunity to stretch yourself as a performer. You will take part in an intensive scene study unit in which you will perform a scene from a modern play with a partner. You will be assigned a monologue that will challenge you and address you strengths as an actor all at the same time. You will further explore abstract movement as a way of developing character and you will perform a solo exam – your opportunity to show all that you have mastered over the past four years. As always, Drama helps to strengthen your character by improving vital skills such as confidence, leadership, time-management and communication. This is our most rewarding course by far!

Prerequisite: ADA3M0

 

 

Music - Instrumental

 

 

AMU103     Introductory Instrumental Music

This is a beginner music course designed for students that want to learn a band instrument but have no prior experience.  The instruments to choose from are: Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba and Percussion.  Instruments are provided by the school for student use.  By the end of this course,  students will know  how to read music, play band pieces, understand basic music theory and write a simple music composition using computer software. This class performs as part of the Winter and Spring Concerts.  If you have never played an instrument before but have always wanted to learn then this is the course for you.

Prerequisite:  None

 

 

AMU105      Experienced Instrumental Music

This music course is designed for students with 2-3 years playing experience in middle school on a standard band instrument.  This course emphasizes performance and reinforces skills in note reading, breathing technique, articulation and rhythmic measurement.  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, understand basic music theory and write a simple music composition using computer software. Students are encouraged to join the Intermediate Concert Band which rehearses after school. The Intermediate Concert Band performs at Winter and Spring Concerts and competes annually in the Ontario Band Association Festival.

Prerequisite: None

 

 

AMU203    Experienced Instrumental Music

This music course is designed for students who have completed the AMU 103 introductory music course and have 1 year of  playing experience. This is a performance based course reinforcing skills taught in the AMU 103 course including note reading, breathing technique, articulation and rhythmic measurement.  By the end of this course, students will be able to read simple intermediate level notated music, perform simple improvisation using the 12 bar blues,  perform a wide variety of music compositions in various styles, understand intermediate music theory and write a simple music arrangement using computer software. Students are encouraged to join the Intermediate Concert Band which rehearses after school.

Prerequisite: AMU103

 

 

AMU205  Experienced Instrumental Music

This music course is designed for students who have completed  the AMU 105 experienced music course . This is a performance based course reinforcing skills taught in the AMU 105 course including note reading, breathing technique, articulation and rhythmic measurement.  By the end of this course, students will be able to read advanced intermediate level notated music, perform simple improvisation using the 12 bar blues,  perform a wide variety of music compositions in various styles, understand intermediate music theory and write a simple music arrangement using computer software. Students are encouraged to participate in  the Intermediate Concert Band which rehearses after school.

Prerequisite: AMU105

 

 

AMU3M0     Experienced Instrumental Music

This music course is designed for students who have completed  the AMU 203 or 205 music course . This is a performance based course reinforcing skills taught in the Grade 10 course including note reading, breathing technique, articulation and rhythmic measurement.  By the end of this course, students will be able to read advanced  level notated music and perform a wide variety of music compositions in various styles. Music theory will include intervals, chords, music forms and cadences. Students will learn basic music arranging and scoring skills by producing a piece for classroom performance with the aid of computer software.   Students are encouraged to participate in the Senior Concert Band which rehearses after school.

Prerequisite: AMU203 or AMU205

 

 

AMU4M0     Experienced Instrumental Music

This music course is designed for students who have completed  the AMU 3M music course . In addition to performance this course explores more advanced musical knowledge including conducting, music and film,  learning a new instrument, teaching, composition and scoring . Theory study includes transposition, V7 inversions, music forms and cadences.  Upon completion of this course students will have a firm musical foundation which will prepare them well for musical pursuits beyond  high school. Students are encouraged to participate in  the Senior Concert Band which rehearses after school.

Prerequisite: AMU3M0

 

 

Music - Guitar

 

 

AMG3O0    INTRODUCTORY GUITAR

This performance based course will introduce the basics of guitar playing. By the end of the course students will be able to read music written in both standard notation and tablature notation. Students will learn to play using the correct classical and folk positions, finger picking technique using PIMA, plus various strumming patterns. A variety of musical styles will be explored, such as folk, blues, popular, and classical. Students will learn to use music notation software to compose and perform an original solo in a blues style. Basic theory and ear training skills will be taught to enhance students' musical understanding. We will also survey guitar history through listening to recordings and DVDs of the great masters of the guitar in a wide variety of styles. This class performs in the December or May concert.  Note that students must supply their own 6-string acoustic guitar.

Prerequisite:  None

 

AMG4O0   INTERMEDIATE GUITAR

This performance based course builds on the basics of guitar playing introduced in AMG3O0. By the end of the course students should be comfortable with reading music written in both standard notation and tablature notation. Students will continue to play using the correct classical and folk positions, finger picking technique using PIMA, plus various strumming patterns. Students will further their understanding of performing in a variety of musical styles such as folk, blues, popular, and classical. Students will use music notation software to compose and perform an original piece which uses the elements of melody, rhythm and chord progressions. Intermediate theory and ear training skills will be taught to enhance students' musical understanding. We will also survey guitar history through listening to recordings and DVDs of the great masters of the guitar in a wide variety of styles. This class performs in the December or May concert.  Note that students must supply their own 6-string acoustic guitar.

Prerequisite:  AMG3O0

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