Fine Arts & Performing Arts

ARTS EDUCATION - Exposure to the Fine and Performing Arts is a tremendous advantage for all students. Arts education helps develop young people who are creative thinkers, innovators, problem-solvers and can bring new and unique perspectives to challenges. Exploring the Arts encourages learners to view the world through many different lenses and explore creative ways of viewing, understanding and representing ideas.  Fine and Performing Arts classes at Richmond Secondary School include courses in Art, Music, Drama & Theatre and Photography.  Photography/Graphics course descriptions are included in the Technology Education section under Graphics. 

ART

ART/DRAMA 8
Grade 8 students will rotate from Art to Drama as this course introduces students to the basic concepts and skills of both Fine Arts areas and these introductory courses will allow students to make informed decisions in their future course selections. In Art, Grade 8 students will work in a variety of 2 and 3-dimensional media while exploring a number of contemporary and traditional themes in art. Basic strategies and organization in art and design will be stressed. Students will discover their own artistic and creative powers as well as learn to appreciate the efforts of others.  (Please see the Theatre section for a description of the Drama section of this course).

ART STUDIO 9 
This course is for students interested in learning about art and advancing their drawing, painting and sculptural skills using a variety of materials such as clay, paint, plaster and more.  You will also learn about famous artists and important events in art history through class discussions and art assignments.  A hardcover sketchbook is required for a variety of assignments and note taking ($10 from teacher).

These courses meet the Applied Skills/Fine Arts Graduation requirements for grade 10, 11, 12.

ART STUDIO 10 
Art 10 is designed for students of all levels.  The projects in this course are designed to develop your artistic ability in beginners and at the same time allow  developing students to advance their artistic skills.  You will work with a variety of two-dimensional materials such as printmaking, drawing and painting as well as sculptural materials such as clay, plaster and much more.  Throughout the year we will look at the work of artists from around the world.  A hardcover sketchbook is required for a variety of assignments and note taking ($10 from teacher).

ART STUDIO 11 
This course is designed for students of all levels (beginners and advanced) who are interested in working with a variety of materials and processes such as clay, printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture and much more.  Students will be encouraged to discover their own artistic style and talents while exploring social and artistic themes.  A hardcover sketchbook is required for a variety of assignments and note taking ($10 from teacher).

ART STUDIO 12 
This course is designed for students of all levels (beginners and advanced) who are interested in working with a variety of materials and processes such as clay, printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture and much more.  Students will be encouraged to discover their own artistic style and talents while exploring social and artistic themes.  Students with demonstrated self-motivation and self-discipline will have the opportunity to adapt assigned class work to individual portfolio requirements and/or themes for university portfolios.  A hardcover sketchbook is required for a variety of assignments and note taking ($10 from teacher).

SCULPTURE 10-12 
This course is designed for students of all levels who are interested in 3D art.  In this course, students will develop techniques specific to ceramics and sculpture.  Using some of the following media: paper mache, clay, plaster, wood and various recycled materials students will create realistic and abstract sculptures. Projects will include functional ceramics (e.g. cups, bowls, etc.) as well as conceptial creations e.g. masks, animal morphs, carvings, plaster castings, etc.).  A sketch book is required for this course which may be purchased from the teacher for $10.

DRAWING AND PAINTING 10-12 
Students will work with a variety of traditional drawing mediums (conte, charcoal, graphite, coloured pencil, pen and ink, etc.), painting mediums (acrylic and watercolour paints) and print making and collage processes and materials. Projects will be focused on traditional and contemporary composition and image strategies to asist students in finding their own artisitc voice in 2D art making.  A sketch book is required for this course which may be purchased from the teacher for $10.

IB 11 ART & DESIGN SL AND HL
IB 11 Art is the first year of a two-year program for students who are very interested in art and wish to investigate past, present and emerging forms of visual art and engage in producing, appreciating and evaluating these. There is a strong emphasis on written research and finished studio pieces that are developed from the student's research into areas such as art history, art of other cultures, art as social commentary and contemporary art. Students are expected to have a good understanding of art techniques, an ability to work independently, strong time management skills as well as being innovative and curious about the process of making art. A sketchbook ($10 from the teacher) is mandatory for visual explorations, technical practice as well as theoretical and practical course content. This course also provides a strong foundation for students who may wish to pursue a career in further study in visual arts or creative communications. 

IB 12 ART & DESIGN SL AND HL
IB 12 Art is the second year of a two-year program in which the student, together with the teacher, determines a direction of study. The students' focus may consist of making art in response to broader social issues in the world, a personal theme or continuing to work with a particular medium. Students need to be well disciplined, able to work independently to achieve success on their IB Visual Art Exam in their graduating year. Upon completion of IB Art 11 and 12, students interested in furthering their art studies at the post-secondary level should have a well developed portfolio. A hardcover sketchbook is mandatory ($10 from the teacher) in this course. 

PHOTOGRAPHY
PHOTOGRAPHY/GRAPHICS 

The photography, graphics and yearbook course descriptions can be found under the Technology Education section. These courses are considered Arts and ADST courses.

MUSIC

CONCERT BAND LEVEL I (INTRODUCTORY) 8-10
This course is designed for new students in their first year of playing a band instrument or experienced students seeking a stronger foundation in performance skills like sight reading, building range, tone, articulation and dynamics. Students choose from a variety of instruments including flute, oboe, saxophone clarinet, trumpet, French horn, tuba, percussion and electric bass. Students will explore a wide variety of musical styles from classical, Latin and jazz to pop music. The band will take part in numerous performance opportunities. 

CONCERT BAND LEVEL II (INTERMEDIATE) 8-10
This course is for students who have played a band instrument for at least one year and show a mastery over performance skills covered in Level I method books (e.g. Essential Elements Book I (yellow) or Standard of Excellence Book I (red). Music of various styles will be rehearsed and there will be opportunities to perform at concerts. Home practice and regular attendance are important.

CONCERT BAND LEVEL III (ADVANCED) 9-12
These courses are for more experienced students who already play a band instrument. A variety of musical styles will be rehearsed – with some chosen for concert performances. Home practice and attendance are important.

CHORAL MUSIC (Choose one grade level of the following)
                          CHORAL MUSIC 9
                          CHORAL MUSIC 10
                          CHORAL MUSIC 11
                          CHORAL MUSIC 12
Previous music training is not essential, as skills including singing, breath control, and note reading will be developed. Many styles of music – including popular, classical, folk, rock and Broadway will be rehearsed. There is also an opportunity to form small vocal groups/duos/solos, plus perform at concerts. Good attendance at rehearsals and concerts is important.

VOCAL JAZZ (Choose one grade level of the following)
                         VOCAL JAZZ 9
                         VOCAL JAZZ 10
                         VOCAL JAZZ 11
                         VOCAL JAZZ 12
Strongly Recommended: Interview with Music Director
Students should have previous singing experience and a desire to rehearse and perform music in the jazz idiom. There is also a need for a rhythm section – piano, bass and drums to accompany vocal jazz singers.

This class meets once per week after school. Full attendance at these meetings is expected. Students will also be expected to check in on-line frequently to take advantage of posted resources that will enhance their musical growth and learning.

Students who choose this course will be required to register through Richmond Virtual School (RVS). Details on this registration process will be given to students once they have chosen and been accepted into the course. Please see the Music Director with any questions you may have. 

INSTRUMENTAL JAZZ BAND (Choose one grade level of the following)
                          MUSIC JAZZ BAND 9
                          MUSIC JAZZ BAND 10
                          MUSIC JAZZ BAND 11
                          MUSIC JAZZ BAND 12
Strongly Recommended: Interview with Music Director
This course is open to students who already play one of the following instruments: saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, electric bass, drums or percussion. Previous experience on one of these instruments as well as basic theory knowledge is expected. This group will rehearse and perform music in various styles including Swing, Latin, Rock, Bebop, Ballads, and Blues. Students are encouraged to improve improvisational abilities, listen to recordings, and attend concerts. Opportunities to perform in festivals and concerts exist along with a potential spring tour. Reading of challenging musical material enables the student to progress quite quickly.

This class meets once per week after school. Full attendance at these meetings is expected. Students will also be expected to check in on-line frequently to take advantage of posted resources that will enhance their musical growth and learning.

Students who choose this course will be required to register through Richmond Virtual School (RVS). Details on this registration process will be given to students once they have chosen and been accepted into the course. Please see the Music Director with any questions you may have. 

MUSIC GUITAR 10
MUSIC GUITAR 11
MUSIC GUITAR 12
This course is open to students of all levels from beginner to advanced. Beginner students will learn the basics for playing simple chord songs, note reading and tablature. Students will have an opportunity to learn songs of their own choosing as well as songs chosen by the instructor for group performance. Students will have many opportunities to work independently as well as in small groups. Assessment will be based on individual progress and performance goals set by the instructor.

MUSIC COMPOSITION & PRODUCTION 11
MUSIC COMPOSTION & PRODUCTION 12
This course is for any student who has ever dreamed of writing a hit song. Students in this course will explore song writing and composition in a variety of styles. Students will have an opportunity to learn and use a wide variety of music software including Garage Band, Musescore and Sibelius. Students will have an opportunity to hear their music performed live as well as record their music in the format of MP3, CD or online publication. A musical background is helpful but not essential.

MUSIC DRUMMING (Choose one grade level of the following)
                             MUSIC DRUMMING 10
                             MUSIC DRUMMING 11
                             MUSIC DRUMMING 12
This is a hands-on drumming course designed for students with all levels of musical experience who have an interest in world music. Students will learn to play African rhythms on djembe hand drums as well as Brazilian samba rhythms on samba instruments. Students will also learn to play a wide variety of beats on drum set. Ability to read music is not required for this course.

IB MUSIC COMPOSITION (Choose one grade level of the following)
                             IB MUSIC COMPOSITION (HL) 11
                             IB MUSIC COMPOSITION (HL) 12
                             IB MUSIC COMPOSITION (SL) 11
                             IB MUSIC COMPOSITION (SL) 12
Composition/Solo Performance/Group/Performance
This is a two year course intended for students in the IB program. There are three options available for students.
(1) Music composition: Students will learn to write for different instruments and voice. They will also explore a variety of styles including jazz, classical, and 20th Century music.
(2) Solo Performance: Involves a study of repertoire for their instrument or voice and includes two solo performances over the duration of the course.
(3) Group Performance: This will include a study of chamber or small ensemble music. Students will form trios, quartets and other small ensembles for this purpose and explore a variety of repertoires for the specific genre. This will also include two performances by the group over the duration of the course.

HL students must prepare a portfolio of both 1) a solo performance and 2) a composition. SL students prepare one portfolio from 1) a solo performance, 2) a composition or 3) a group performance.

All IB music students must write a comprehensive listening exam at the end of the second year covering all eras of western classical, jazz and world music.

Due to the high expectation in each component of this IB course, it is strongly recommended that students have some background or previous experience with music history and theory. See the music director for details.

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DRAMA & THEATRE

The goals and objectives of drama are to provide students with experiences in the theatre to develop an appreciation of the diversity of the performing arts and to build their communication skills, self confidence, interpersonal skills and, with further study, perhaps start them on a career in the performing arts.  Theatre skills contribute to the development of the intellectual, emotional, creative, social and aesthetic life of students. Students will develop an understanding of performance as well as develop their public speaking, team building and leadership skills, and they will have a lot of fun too!

ART/DRAMA 8
Grade 8 students will rotate from Art to Drama as this course introduces students to the basic concepts and skills of both Fine Arts areas and these introductory courses will allow students to make informed decisions in their future course selections. In Art, Grade 8 students will work in a variety of 2 and 3-dimensional media while exploring a number of contemporary and traditional themes in art. Basic strategies and organization in art and design will be stressed. Students will discover their own artistic and creative powers as well as learn to appreciate the efforts of others.  (Please see the Theatre section for a description of the Drama section of this course).

 

DRAMA 9
This course continues to develop the skills outlined in Drama 8. Activities include both large and small group work aimed at helping the student get a firm grasp on basic acting skills such as voice, movement, characterization, and focus. Through the activities and units covered in Drama 9, students will develop a greater sense of physical awareness, imagination, creative expression, public speaking skills and how to work well in a group.

DRAMA 10
Drama 10 delves into the skills introduced in Drama 8 and 9 with greater depth, attention to detail, and more emphasis on performance and theatrical skills. Activities include character study, monologues, improvisation, and lip syncs. This is an excellent course for students wanting to increase their self-confidence, concentration, and leadership through performance.

THEATRE PERFORMANCE ACTING 11
Drama 8-10 is strongly recommended
Although Acting 11 is an extension of the skills acquired in Drama 8-10, the focus shifts drastically from the elements of creative drama to more textually-based work. The objective of this course is to study the techniques and skills involved in analysing scripts and bringing a character to life. This performance-oriented course includes character development, movement, voice, scene interpretation, play reading and analysis, make-up and theatre etiquette.

THEATRE PERFORMANCE ACTING 12
Successful completion of Theatre Performance Acting 11 or instructor approval required.
This course provides for more intensive study in the techniques outlined in Acting 11. In addition, acting styles relating to various periods in the history of the theatre will be studied. These periods include Greek, Commedia Dell’Arte, and Elizabethan theatre. Student should note that great emphasis in this course is placed on script analysis and interpretation, participation and self-discipline, as well as the skills learned in Drama 8-10.

IB THEATRE ARTS 11/12 (HL)
IB THEATRE ARTS 11/12 (SL)
This two-year course is an excellent opportunity to explore and develop artistic vision through theatre. Students will be expected to think critically about theatre and its social and political context in the world at large. Through several opportunities to perform and direct in various global genre and styles, students will gain practical knowledge about the creative process, and the power of performance and media in culture. Through this process students will develop a better understanding of themselves, their society and their world. A highlight of Theatre Arts is the IB Director’s Festival. This course is about each person’s individual growth as a theatre person, therefore 50% of the final grade comes from the teacher.

THEATRE PERFORMANCE DIRECTING 11
THEATRE PERFORMANCE DIRECTING 12
This course is open to Grade 11 or 12 students who have an interest in scriptwriting and the basic techniques of directing for the stage. This is an excellent course for students interested in management, creative writing and production. All students direct their own one-act play for our festival in June.

MAINSTAGE THEATRE PRODUCTION 10-12
(Grade 10 credit)
Admission by audition only
This exciting course is intended for a serious drama/theatre student who excels in their field and wants to apply the practical skills they have learned in class to a full scale theatre production. This course will include auditions, rehearsal, design, set construction, costumes, publicity, and the many other aspects of creating a mainstage production. This course is not meant to replace Drama 10 or Theatre Performance 11 and 12. It is strongly recommended that students take both courses in tandem. Students should note that this course happens outside of the timetable. The reality of a theatre production is that it requires absolute commitment to long hours in concentrated blocks of time. Students are required to attend all rehearsals, tech and performances.

THEATRE PRODUCTION 11
Learn the basics of theatre production including lighting, sound, set construction, props, costumes and more. This is an excellent course for students interested in discovering what goes on to create a theatre production.

THEATRE PRODUCTION 12
This is a more advanced course in theatre technology for students who want more in-depth knowledge of stage management, set, lighting, and costume design.

DRAMA FILM AND TELEVISION 11
This is an introductory course focusing on video production, media literacy, and acting for film. Through the basics of film critique and hands-on technical experience, students will create their own videos and films. Combining both technical skill and artistic interpretation, students will learn basic scriptwriting, storyboarding, camera technique, lighting, sound, and editing skills through various practical film and video assignments. 

DRAMA FILM AND TELEVISION 12
This course builds on what was learned in Film and Television 11, with more depths and greater emphasis on detail in both acting in, analyzing, and creating films and videos. Much of the course is self-directed, with students choosing their areas of focus.

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