Art 10 Art 10 focuses on developing the skills necessary to see and record the world around you. The student will learn how to gesture sketch and how to develop volume through shading and form. We will study colour, value and perspective, and work in a variety of media including: pencil, charcoal, conte, paint (acrylic, oil, and watercolour), clay and/or wire sculpture. There is an emphasis on skill development combined with creative expression. Students receive an Art Kit (Level 1) as part of their school fees. Note: Design 10 is a good complementary option.
Art 20 In Art 20, the student will learn to express ideas in greater depth, detail, and precision. We will draw the human form and portraits, and improve rendering of depth and landscape. We will study colour temperature, intensity and value, and research artists. In Art 20, there is a greater opportunity for self-expression and work in preferred media. The semester culminates with an independent project: mural, sculpture, painting or drawing! Students receive an Art Kit (Level 2) as part of their school fees.
Art 30 In Art 30, the student will focus on developing expertise and personal voice. In-depth studies include advanced figurative and portraiture work and colour study. There is a greater emphasis on developing personal style and voice. If desired, students will prepare a portfolio that may be used for post secondary programs or potential employers. Students receive an Art Kit (Level 3) as part of their school fees. Additional Fee: $45
Drama / Musical Theatre
Drama is both an art form and a medium for learning and teaching. It can develop the whole person — emotionally, physically, intellectually, imaginatively, aesthetically and socially — by giving form and meaning to experience through “acting out”. It fosters positive group interaction as students learn to make accommodations in order to pursue shared goals. The overall goal of drama is to foster a positive self-concept in students. The imaginative exploration involves setting up a dramatic situation, “acting out” that situation, communicating within that situation and reflecting on the consequences. It is this reflection that provides the knowledge for self-development.
Drama 10 There are eight disciplines required in the Senior High Drama Program. In the first year of Senior High Drama, we will focus on the following five, Orientation, Speech, Movement, Improvisation, Technical Theatre and Design.
Improv. 15 This ensemble-based course develops the student’s ability to explore character, story, theme, and staging in the creation of both spontaneous and devised performance material through in depth rehearsal explorations and multiple public performances. Through the improvisational performance process students receive and integrate audience feedback directly. There are no pre-requisites for this course but Drama 10 is suggested.
Drama 20 As students enter their second year in the program, we will review and reinforce the following disciplines, orientation, speech, improvisation and technical theatre and design. We will also introduce acting and play writing.
Drama 30 Additional Free: $45.
In the students final year of drama we will again reinforce all the disciplines to round out their Senior high school drama experience and prepare them for a possible career in theatre directing and theatre studies will be introduced.
Musical Theatre 15, 25 or 35
Students must be registered in Drama 10, 20 or 30 and must audition for the course. Due to the fact that this course is based on auditioning in June of each year, it cannot be counted toward credit load minimums at the time of registration in April. Additional Fee: Musical Theatre 35 – $45
During the first semester, the Drama department’s musical theatre program stages a high quality musical production. Classes in musical theatre production 15, 25 and 35 are offered in conjunction with drama 10, 20 and 30. This block 5 class is held after regular school hours and on selected weekends. Students interested in registering for this 10-credit course audition for onstage roles and backstage positions. After approximately 250 hours in class and in rehearsals for acting, singing and dance, the musical theatre production is performed in a professional venue in mid-November.
Technical Theatre (Set Design) 25, 35
Recommended Prerequisite: Art 10 minimum of 80%
Students must submit an application including a portfolio in the Spring.
During the first semester, the Drama Department’s Musical Theatre program stages a professional quality musical. Students enrolled in Technical Theatre will be registered in two courses Musical Theatre and Technical Theatre with the potential to earn 10 credits on completion. This program is held after regular school hours and on selected weekends. After approximately 250 hours in class researching, designing, building sets, backdrops and props, the culminating production is performed multiple times in a professional venue during mid-November. During show week, Technical Theatre students work backstage to facilitate the production.
Band / Music
The Instrumental Music program is offered outside the regular timetable and is scheduled in the morning prior to block 1.
Instrumental Music 10 Instrumental music using traditional instrumentation. Focus on honing musical skills, learning advanced technical passages. Opportunity for Jazz Band, festival participation, musical exchanges and tours. This course take place all year, every second day either in block 5 or early AM.
Instrumental Music 20 Instrumental music using traditional instrumentation. Focus on honing musical interpretation skills, and learning advanced technical passages, as well as the study of music theory and history. Opportunity for Jazz Band, festival participation, musical exchanges and tours. This course take place all year, every second day either in block 5 or early AM.
Instrumental Music 30 Instrumental music using traditional instrumentation. Focus on honing musical interpretation skills, learning advanced technical passages and the study of music theory and history as well as conducting and arranging. Opportunity for Jazz Band, festival participation, musical exchanges and tours. This course take place all year, every second day either in block 5 or early AM.
General Music 10 This is a beginner guitar class for those who are interested in learning how to play the guitar, but never had the chance. The General Music 10 program is for you. You will: learn about music and how it works ; theory and notation; learn how to play the guitar; notation, finger picking & chords; contemporary (modern rock) and classical; study and listen to great performers and great music – Liona Boyd, Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton and more!
*Students will have to provide their own guitar (preferably acoustic or classical)
General Music 20 This is a continuation of Guitar 10. Students will be working on songs with harder and more chord changes and strumming patterns, as well as classical finger picking. There will be opportunity for small ensemble (duet, trio, etc) performances.
*Students will have to provide their own guitar (preferably acoustic or classical).