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, and painting) 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.
AVI2O0 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.
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
AWK 3M0 Illustration
The 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, children's, 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); neatness and presentation. Students with strong drawing capabilities are more suitable for this course.
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. Common artworks that are created are the pop art sculpture, self-portrait, large scale typography drawings, and the abstract painting. 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.
ASM2O Media Art – Open Level
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 ASM 3M0 (Grade 11 Media Art – College/University).
ASM 3O0 Media Art – Open Level
Grade 11 Media Art is an open level credit in which any student may enroll. Since it is an open level credit, students are not expected to have any prior knowledge about any art practice.
This course is designed to introduce those who are not artistically inclined to digital media. Students will have the opportunity to learn industry programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator through user friendly tutorials and hands-on projects. Throughout this course, students will learn how to take creative photographs and edit them for printing. Additionally, they will learn how to create effective collages and simple digital drawings.
This course also examines non-traditional arts such as stop-motion animation using clay and creating wearable art through the application of heat-transfer vinyl. 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 who successfully complete this course will be sufficiently ready to further their skills on an independent level in Grade 12 Media Art (ASM 4E)
ASM 3M0 Media Art – College/University
Grade 11 Media Art is a mixed college/ university credit in which students who have successfully completed Grade 10 Media Art (ASM 2O0) are recommended to take. This course focuses specifically on digital photography, digital image manipulation in Adobe Photoshop, digital drawing and typography in Adobe Illustrator, and graphic design creations in Adobe InDesign.
In relation to these tasks, students will create typographic works of art (including one on a t-shirt using heat transfer vinyl), learn how to transform a human portrait into a fantastical being, and create art that has a social message.
Students who successfully complete this course will be sufficiently ready to further their skills in Grade 12 Media Art (AWS4M0 – College/University)
Prerequisite: ASM 2O0
ASM 4E0 Media Art - Workplace
Grade 12 Media Art is a workplace preparation course that focuses on a practical approach to creating non-traditional art according to the individual interests of the student. Students who have successfully completed Grade 11 Media Arts (ASM 3O0) are recommended to further their understanding by taking this course.
By the end of this course, students will create a portfolio suitable for use in a post-secondary work situation. The main programs used in the Grade 11 course (Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator) will be reviewed and students will further expand their use and comfort with these programs. Projects explored during this course include digital photography, collage, adhesive vinyl, digital animation, and photo manipulation.
Students who are considering heading straight to the workplace after graduation would benefit from the creative skills taught in this course.
Prerequisite: ASM 3O0
ASM 4M0 Media Art – College/University
Grade 12 Media Art is a mixed college/ university credit in which students who have successfully completed Grade 11 Media Art (ASM 3M0 – College/Univeristy) are recommended to take.
As students in this course will already have a comfortable and sufficient knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign, much of the course is designed for the students to focus more on concepts and creativity. Students will be assigned theme-specific projects that will allow them to showcase their originality and abilities as digital photographers, digital painters, and graphic designers.
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 be innovative with their digital art.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.