The fine and performing arts are for everyone, whether you choose to explore and develop a new interest or specialize in a current interest. Participation in the arts enhances your creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.
Grades 5/6 Complementary Programs
Students will have an opportunity to focus on techniques in a variety of media including sketching, painting, working with clay, alternative mediums, and mixed media. Each student will participate in a variety of projects that will allow them to refine their artistic skills and participate in the self-assessment of their work. In term 2, students will begin to focus on the art medium and styles of their choosing to help create and complete projects, which will allow them to present their understanding of topics being studied in other subject areas.
Students will explore the different aspects of speaking, moving, and the combining of those skills to help tell a story. Students will begin to explore a variety of drama games, improvisation skills, and specific movement techniques, all in an environment where the focus will be on participation and not perfection.
Students will explore different genres and enhance their appreciation of music. This will include the study of classical music to the popular music of today. Students will learn about different rhythmic patterns and study the basic concepts of music theory. This will include some singing, djembes (African drum), and baritone ukulele.
Students will continue to build on the foundational skills and techniques acquired in grade 5. Students will continue to explore a variety of mediums including painting, sketching, printmaking, working with clay and more. Students will learn to use art as a means to convey or express thoughts, feelings, messages or ideas. Students will look at different art forms and begin to develop their own appreciation for art and be able to judge whether the art is ‘good’ or not. By working on a variety of projects using a variety of mediums, students will begin to understand themselves as artists and where their passions lie.
Grade 6 band allows students the opportunity to play a wind instrument. These include flute, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, baritone, and trumpet. Students will focus on proper playing positions, instrument care and maintenance, and the fundamentals of music.
The drama portion of Fine Arts is intended to help students to develop an understanding and appreciation of drama, as well as the ability to create works using the forms, concepts, elements and conventions of the discipline. Through exploring drama, students will develop an understanding of the art form, themselves, and others, and will learn about the lives of people in different times, places, and cultures. In addition to role playing, students will use their growing understanding of drama forms, conventions and elements to explore issues through improvisation or develop or interpret scenes. Drama provides many opportunities for students to practise communicating with different audiences for a variety of purposes, through moving, speaking and writing in role.
Students will explore different genres and enhance their appreciation of music. This will include the study of classical music to the popular music of today. They will learn about different rhythmic patterns and begin to deepen their understanding of music theory. Instruments of focus will be percussion (djembe and other auxiliary percussion), baritone ukulele, and electronic musical resources.
Grades 7 - 9 Complementary Programs
This course gives students an opportunity to explore a range of two dimensional projects using a variety of mediums. Each project given will allow students to explore their creativity through an art challenge as they work through the design process from planning to final art piece. Mediums students may work with include pencil, charcoal, pastel, paint, ink, collage and print making.
In this course students may use both traditional and non-traditional three-dimensional materials such as cardboard, clay, fabric and found objects. The process of art-making with these mediums will be emphasized through a series of art challenges. The course will provide an opportunity for exploration and discussion of sculptural practices.
Grade 7 band will allow students the opportunity to play a wind instrument, and explore more exciting and challenging music throughout the year. Instruments included will be flute, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, baritone, French horn, trumpet, and tuba. Students in grade 7 band will focus on proper playing positions, skill development, and basic musical concepts. There will be a variety of performance opportunities throughout the year.
Grade 8 band will continue to develop wind instrument skills. They will also have access to the percussion instruments, at the discretion of the band director. They will explore more exciting and challenging music, including popular songs and movie music. Students in grade 8 band will learn music history and more complex music theory. There will be a variety of performance opportunities throughout the year.
Grade 9 band will continue to develop musical skills and knowledge. Music will become more challenging and cover a wide variety of musical genres. Students will be taking a more in depth look at music history and theory. Instruments included will be all wind instruments (brass and woodwinds) as well as percussion. There will be a variety of performance opportunities throughout the year.
Drama 7 / 8 / 9 Performance
Students will develop skills in acting, improvisation, movement and speaking as well as learn the history and context of theatre.
Drama 7 / 8 / 9 Technical
Students will study the elements of drama and theatre, specifically the many aspects that go into staging a successful production, such as sound and lighting design, makeup, visual media, set and prop construction, and stage management.
Film Studies 7 / 8 / 9
Students will develop the ability to think critically about films in terms of content and context, filming techniques and theme through analysis and evaluation. Students will also explore film creation and editing techniques using cameras and video editing software.