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Fine Arts

Throughout the grades, an articulated Fine Arts program involves students as creators, performers, historians, critics and consumers. The Fine Arts enable students to enhance the depth and breadth of their expression and intuitive response to fine art.


ART 

Students considering careers in the following fields require an Art Portfolio for admission to post-secondary institutions: An art portfolio can be achieved by taking Art 10, 20 and 30. 

A portfolio is a collection of student artwork that demonstrates the student’s skills, knowledge and creativity. Portfolios must include observational drawings of real, three-dimensional form and space. It must also include work that demonstrates an understanding of the Principles and Elements of Art and Design (colour, space, value, line shape, form texture, movement, unity, variety, emphasis, contrast, proportion and pattern.) 

NOTE: Students in the International Baccalaureate Program are strongly encouraged to consider art as their “The Arts” subject choice. 

Art 10 

5 Credits 

Prerequisite: None 

This is an introductory studio class designed to give the students a sound understanding of the Principles and Elements of Art and Design. Students are exposed to a variety of art techniques and materials. Basic instruction is given in drawing three-dimensional form, painting, sculpture and compositional design. Students are required to maintain a sketchbook/workbook while in this course.

Art 10 pIB 

5 Credits

Prerequisite: None 

This preparatory course is meant to develop the artistic skills and discipline necessary for Art 20 IB and Art 30 IB. This is an introductory studio class designed to give the students a sound understanding of the Principles and Elements of Art and Design. Students are exposed to a variety of art techniques and materials. Basic instruction is given in drawing three-dimensional form, painting, sculpture and compositional design. Students are required to maintain a sketchbook/workbook while in this course.

Art 20 

5 Credits 

Prerequisite: 50% in Art 10 

Art 20 is an intermediate level studio course that builds on the skills and knowledge learned in Art 10. A strong emphasis is placed upon experimentation with various media and materials. Student research includes planning for artwork as well as research into the historical, critical and cultural issues and context of art production. An emphasis will be placed on developing student’s visual literacy. Art 20 students will follow teacher directed projects intended to encourage them to produce artwork of personal significance and expression. Students are required to maintain a sketchbook/workbook while in this course.

Art 20 IB – Standard Level* or Higher Level Visual Arts 

5 Credits in Art 20 

Recommended Prerequisite: 80% in Art 10 pIB 

Students will follow teacher directed assignments designed to develop their creativity, improve their visual literacy and continue to improve their artistic production skills. Students are required to maintain a sketchbook/workbook while in this course. The aims of the visual arts course at HL and SL are to enable students to: 

 investigate past, present and emerging forms of visual arts and engage in producing, appreciating and evaluating these 

 develop an understanding of visual arts from a local, national and international perspective 

 build confidence in responding visually and creatively to personal and cultural experiences 

 develop skills in, and sensitivity to, the creation of works that reflect active and individual involvement 

 take responsibility for the direction of their learning through the acquisition of effective working practices. 


Students will be expected to: 

 respond to, and analyze critically and contextually, the function, meaning and artistic qualities of past, present and emerging art, using the specialist vocabulary of visual arts 

 develop and present independent ideas and practice, and explain the connections between these and the work of others 

 explore and develop ideas and techniques for studio work through integrated contextual study and first-hand observations 

 develop and maintain a close relationship between investigation and a purposeful, creative process in studio work 

 produce personally relevant works of art that reveal evidence of exploration of ideas that reflect cultural and historical awareness 

 develop and demonstrate technical competence and artistic qualities that challenge and extend personal boundaries (Option A) and technical competence and self-direction (Option B). 

Art 30 

5 Credits 

Prerequisite: 50% in Art 20 

Art 30 is an advanced studio course that builds on the knowledge and skills developed in Art 20. Students in this course are expected to work at an independent level on both teacher-directed and student-directed problems. Research is a significant part of this course as students develop a body of work that expresses their personal vision of the world. Students are required to maintain a sketchbook/workbook while in this course.

Art 30 IB – Standard Level* or Higher Level Visual Arts 

5 Credits

Recommended Prerequisite: 60% in Art 20 IB 

Students are self-directed with the teacher functioning as advisor for investigation workbooks and studio work. Studio and investigation are integrated, meaning that the workbook is the starting point in terms of research and planning for all studio production. Students are required to maintain a sketchbook/workbook while in this course.

Learning Outcomes; 

 develop the skills and techniques of investigation - both visual and written 

 relate art to its cultural and historical contexts 

 explore art concepts 

 explore art elements 

 develop and use the processes of art criticism and analysis 

 develop confidence and expertise in the use of various media 

 extend their knowledge of design 

 share their work with an audience through displays and exhibitions or presentations 

 extend individual investigation to inform practical work 

 make connections between ideas and practice - both their own and others. 

*Standard Level Option A is recommended for most students. Higher Level should only be attempted by those students who require Higher Level to complete their IB Diploma or by those who wish to pursue Art or Design as a career. 

Drama 10 

5 Credits 

Prerequisite: None 

Drama 10 is designed as an introductory course for students interested in studying all aspects of theatre. Students will participate in a variety of experiences intended to develop confidence, concentration, creativity and communication skills. The theatre disciplines studied are: Movement, Speech, Improvisation, Technical Theatre and Theatre Studies. Specific attention is paid to the origins of theatre and ensemble work. 

Drama 10 pIB 

5 Credits – Drama 10 

Prerequisite: An interest in theatre arts and a willingness to try the unfamiliar. It is not necessary to have previously taken drama. 

This is course intended to develop confidence, concentration, creativity and communication skills within the context of the theatre craft. There is an emphasis on ensemble work and the origins of theatre. It is not necessary to have previously taken drama.

Drama 20 

5 Credits 

Prerequisite: 50% in Drama 10 

Students will learn about the roles of the playwright, actor, director, designer and critic through practical research and performance opportunities. Scene work from various historical periods are studied. Play analysis skills are a major focus in the course. 

Drama 20 IB – Standard Level* or Higher Level Theatre Arts 

5 Credits

Prerequisite: Drama 10 pIB 

The four components to the IB theatre are: Theatre in the making, Theatre in performance, Theatre around the world and the independent project portfolio. Students will work with forms of theatre from a variety of cultures, traditions and historical contexts with a focus on becoming reflective and critical practitioners in theatre while researching, performing and devising theatre. Students will learn about the roles of the playwright, actor, director, designer and critic through research and practice. Analysis skills are a major focus in the course. Development of an independent project portfolio begins at this level. TOK curriculum links will also be addressed. 

Drama 30 

5 Credits 

Prerequisite: 50% in Drama 20 

This is a continuation of the Drama 20 program, only in greater depth and completeness. It includes: Directing the One Act Play, script analysis, concepts, designs, models, technical staging and the total process through to the performance. The class company is responsible for all elements - production, direction, design, construction, acting and management - of their one act play festival. 

Drama 30 IB – Standard Level* or Higher Level Theatre Arts 

5 Credits 

Prerequisite: Drama 20 IB 

Student’s individual ability to be creative and imaginative and to communicate in dramatic form will be challenged and extended through theoretical and practical content of the course. It lays the foundation for further study in theatre and performing arts, as well as non-theatrical pursuits, by developing discipline and refining communication and group-work skills (IB Theatre Syllabus). The class company is responsible for all elements - production, direction, design, construction, acting and management - of their One Act play festival. Theatre 30 IB students complete a research investigation, practical performance proposal and their project portfolio to be sent away for external assessment. 

*The Standard Level course is recommended for most students. Higher Level should only be attempted by those students who require Higher Level to complete their IB Diplomas or by those who wish to pursue theatre as a career. 

Technical Theatre (register with Work Experience Coordinator) 

This career exploration option signed up through the Work Experience coordinator is designed to provide students with the practical knowledge that will help them to create the elements for preparation and presentation of a production. Students will develop an appreciation of artistic teamwork that will help to prepare them for community and post-secondary performances. Theatre students will be expected to accept the position of assistant stage manager as a major objective in their completion of this Fine Arts offering. 

Advanced Acting 15/25/35 

3 Credits or 5 Credits (discretion of the instructor)

Prerequisite: Entrance to the course is by audition. 

All productions of full length and one act plays are cast from open auditions. The course is available to students involved with theatre production outside the regular school day. 

Musical Theatre 15 - not offered for the upcoming school year

5 Credits 

Prerequisite/co-requisite: 

One of: Drama 10, Band/Choral/Music 10, Audition, interview and department approval 

Musical Theatre 15 is a course centered on group activities allowing students to share their particular strengths in music/dance or drama while developing new skills. 

Students will be introduced to music notation, ear training, healthy vocal sound production, dance terminology and steps, and acting techniques. Integration of the three disciplines is the core of Musical Theatre. Students will have the opportunity to work individually and in groups. Various vocal and dance styles will be explored and the history of musical theatre researched. Students learn to understand the historical, cultural, and social aspects of the musical theatre genre.

Musical Theatre 25 - not offered for the upcoming school year 

5 Credits 

Prerequisite: Musical Theatre 15 

Musical Theatre 25 empowers the students with more choice and awareness by being more student-initiated and focused on small group activities. Students will be guided to select repertoire, begin to create choreography and be allowed to take on the role of peer coach, e.g. dance captain, section leader or technical coordinator.  The musical theatre program aims to provide an interactive environment of integrated study in dance/movement, drama and music for students who seek the challenge of working through the creative process to performance.

Musical Theatre 35 - not offered for the upcoming school year

5 Credits 

Prerequisite: Musical Theatre 25 

Musical theatre 35 provides individual students the opportunities to build on Musical Theatre 25 skills with more opportunities to choreograph, direct and coach. Solo and ensemble work is an expectation as is the preparation of a portfolio upon completion of the course. 

Music 10, 20 and 30 (Choral Music) 

5 Credits 

Prerequisite: 

Music 10 - none 

Music 20 - 50% in Music 10 

Music 30 - 50% in Music 20 

This course provides the opportunity for students to develop their musical talents through a choral experience. Emphasis is placed on the development of individual vocal technique and the ability to sing in parts. A wide variety of choral music and style is studied. Selected out-of-school performances are required. 

Music 10, 20, 30 (Symphonic Band) 

10 Credits (5 credits in Instrumental Music & 5 credits in General Music) 

Prerequisite: 

Music 10 - A minimum of two years study of a band instrument 

Music 20 - 50% in Music 10 

Music 30 - 50% in Music 20 

Symphonic Band is a course aimed at increasing the proficiency level of students who have had a minimum of two years study on a band instrument, whether privately or at a junior high school. To maximize the individualization of instruction, classes are divided into three groups (based on instrument type) which meet every second day. In addition, these three sections combine on alternate days to form the complete Symphonic Band. Through the performance and study of band literature, students increase technical skills and gain competence in performing and appreciating music as an artistic form of expression. Students choosing this program may transfer into the Concert Band at the Grade 11 or Grade 12 level. 

Music 10CB, 20CB, 30CB (Concert Band) 

5 Credits (Instrumental Music) 

Prerequisite: 

Music 10 - Previous Band Experience 

Music 20 - 50% in Music 10 

Music 30 - 50% in Music 20 

Concert Band is a course for the continuing band student who has a minimum of two years of study on a band instrument either at a junior high school or through private instruction. Through the performance and study of band literature, students will increase technical skills and gain competence in performing and appreciating music as an artistic form of expression. Students choosing this program have the opportunity to transfer into the Symphonic Band program at the Grade 11 or Grade 12 level. 

Music 10A (Introductory Band) 

5 Credits (Instrumental Music) 

Prerequisite: None, no experience necessary.

Introductory Band is a unique opportunity for those students who were unable to take advantage of a band program in junior high. In this course, students are able to select an instrument of study (subject to availability) and experience quality musical instruction in a high school band setting. Instruments are available on a rental basis ($50 per year). 

Music 10G (Beginning Guitar) 

5 Credits 

Prerequisite: None 

This course is designed for students with little or no previous musical experience who wish to learn how to play classical guitar. Instruction is given in basic guitar techniques including reading of melodies and rhythms, chording, strumming and finger-picking. Music theory, as it relates to guitar performance, is also covered. This course will be offered in the first semester so Guitar 20 can be taken in the second semester. 

Music 20G (Continuing Guitar) 

5 Credits 

Prerequisite: 50% in Music 10G or with permission of music staff 

This is a continuation of Music 10G and is intended to advance the techniques and knowledge of performance styles of intermediate level players. If you have already taken some guitar lessons (one year or more), you should consult the music staff for an audition prior to registration so you can register at this level. 

Music 30G (Advanced Guitar) 

5 Credits 

Prerequisite: 50% in General Music 20G or with permission of music staff 

This course is designed for serious classical guitar students who wish to advance their guitar technique. Performing, as well as advanced theory and chord reading, will be part of this course.