Carson Graham Secondary
North Vancouver School District
Fine Arts Courses

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VISUAL ARTS DESIGN 8  Included in Grade 8 Fine Arts Rotation
Art 8 enables students to develop curiosity, interest and enjoyment in their own creativity and that of others. The course explores two major units of work and will cover a variety of techniques and materials. These could include drawing, print making, painting and sculpture/ceramics. Students will be introduced to the language of art through examining the elements and principles of design. Images are central to the Visual Arts program. Students will perceive, respond, create and communicate through imagery. Students will respond to images in the way they reflect personal, social, cultural and historical contexts. All students will work in their Developmental Workbook on a weekly basis, exploring the creative process, documenting this process with images, and reflecting on personal discoveries. This is a course of approximately 40 hours that will be delivered in one term of the school year.
Supplemental Fee: $10.00 
 
VISUAL ARTS DESIGN 9 
Art Design 9 enables students to continue to develop curiosity, interest and enjoyment in their own creativity and that of others. They will be encouraged to take risks in their artistic expression. This semester course explores four major units of work and will cover a variety of techniques and materials. These will include image development strategies through an examination of artists’ works through time, image making, drawing, painting, printmaking and ceramics. Students will develop language introduced in Grade 8 by further examining the elements and principles of design. Images are central to the Visual Arts program. Students will perceive, respond to, create and communicate through imagery. Students will respond to images in the way they reflect personal, social, cultural and historical contexts. All students will work in their Developmental Workbook on a weekly basis, exploring the creative process, documenting this process with images, and reflecting on what they have personally discovered.
Supplemental Fee: $20.00
  
VISUAL ARTS DESIGN 10 2D  2 credits
2D Visual Art Design 10 is a semester, 2 credit course that meets both provincial learning outcomes and IB MYP Arts aims and objectives. Students will explore a variety of art processes to further develop the language of art, explore personally meaningful images and the world around them. Images are central to the Visual Art Design 10 program. Students will perceive, respond to, create and communicate through images.  All students will work in their Developmental Workbook on a weekly basis, exploring the creative process, documenting this process with images, and reflecting on what they have personally discovered. This course encourages students to develop skills in the processes they are most passionate about while encouraging a curiosity and interest in many 2D art forms.
Supplemental Fee: $20.00

VISUAL ARTS DESIGN 10 3D
 2 credits  
3D Visual Art Design 10 is a semester, 2 credit course that meets both provincial learning outcomes and IB MYP Arts aims and objectives. Students will create and put meaning to their expressive visual representations, reflect on the relationship of the individual to his or her family structure, connect to personal family heritage, and examine the impact of society and historical influences on art.  This will be achieved through a course that employs a variety of media and processes including sculpture, photography, assemblage of mixed media and performance art. Students will be introduced to both contemporary and historical artists who are inspirations for this work, such as Victor Cicansky, Joseph Cornell, and Rebecca Belmore. Students will keep a record of their process and ideas through a developmental workbook.
Supplemental Fee: $20.00

 
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ART FOUNDATIONS 11/12  4 credits  
The intention of these courses is to provide a variety of art and craft experiences suitable for any student, regardless of his or her art background. Students are introduced to basic design principles in a variety of media and problem-solving situations. Imaginative picture-making with various media provides an opportunity for personal modes of expression. Drawing skills are emphasized as they are needed in all areas. Some of the areas studied include printing, painting, drawing skills, sculpture and ceramics. AF 11 introduces these skills and media; AF 12 extends the skills to more sophisticated projects and individualized work.
Supplemental Fee: $25.00
 
CERAMICS and SCULPTURE (STUDIO ARTS 11/12)   4 credits
Ceramics 11 introduces the basics of clay hand building techniques, glazing, and throwing on the wheel. Projects assigned include simple slab, coil, pinch constructions, and wheel throwing demonstrations. Ceramics 12 develops the above skills through progressively more challenging projects. A variety of finishing and firing techniques will also be explored. Ceramics 12 will further these skills through projects of the student’s choice and provides, if needed, the opportunity for students to develop portfolio presentations and post- secondary applications.
Supplemental Fee: $25.00

 
DRAWING and PAINTING (STUDIO ARTS 11)     4 credits
Drawing and Painting 11 is an intensive drawing and painting course. Students should have basic drawing ability or some previous art course experience. A variety of media will be explored, including pencil, conte, water soluble graphite, charcoal, pastel, tempera, water colour, and acrylics. Art history will be a component of the course. Students will experiment with a number of artistic styles and will complete an independent assignment at the end of the term.
Supplemental Fee: $25.00
 
DRAWING and PAINTING (STUDIO ARTS 12)   4 credits
Drawing and Painting 12 is a continuation of Drawing and Painting 11. Students will explore a variety of media and artistic styles and will continue to develop their art history knowledge. Students may be given more independence in this course, in terms of assignments.
Supplemental Fee: $25.00
 
STUDIO ART ACADEMY
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Students in the AFK Academy develop skills and attitudes to broaden their options, encourage their success in post-secondary art studies and open the door to careers in the arts. Through the development of a personal portfolio each year, students gain increasing confidence in their abilities as artists. In-depth exploration of drawing and painting, printmaking and sculpture enable the creation of work for annual year-end exhibitions. Through studio/classroom work, visits to artists' studios and postsecondary institutions, students gain a better understanding of the role and commitment required to be a successful artist. Exposure to a variety of artists each year enrich the studio activities.
Supplemental fees are applicable for NVSD Academies. In 2016–17, the supplemental fee for the Studio Art Academy will be $350 per year. For detailed fee and hardship policy information, contact the school Principal.

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PHOTOGRAPHY (VISUAL ARTS: MEDIA ARTS 11)   4 credits
This is a beginner course in black and white photography. The course will cover basic principles along with the historical development of the photographic process. Each student will learn the fundamentals of a 35mm camera, as well as film development and print production. Since this is a studio based course, the student will be engaged in image-making most of the time. Principles of composition as well as studio lighting are some of the other areas covered.
Supplemental Fee: $40.00
 
PHOTOGRAPHY (VISUAL ARTS: MEDIA ARTS 12)   4 credits
Photography, advanced picture building, and mixed media are open to the student for investigation. The aim of the course is for the student to produce a portfolio of finished photographs showing technical mastery and a personal statement.
Supplemental Fee: $40.00
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PERFORMING ARTS 8
The duration of Drama 8 is one school term.  Drama 8 is part of the grade 8 rotation for electives.  Drama 8 is the basic introduction to drama and theatre arts.  Emphasis will be placed on the acting and working together, so participation is a fundamental part of the course.  Beginning skills will be developed through trust activities, theatre games, and improvisation.  Scene study, script creation, and storytelling are the topics for the larger drama units.  Students can expect to gain self-confidence by sharing their voices and thoughts in a safe, caring and fun environment. 

PERFORMING ARTS 9
  
Drama 9 is one semester in duration.  In this fun elective course, you will explore the role of the actor and improve your overall performance skills.  Unit topics include improvisation, character development, speeches, masks, story structure, and storytelling.  Students will have the opportunity to write, perform, and direct their own work for the class.
 
PERFORMING ARTS 10 2 credits
Acting 10 is a one semester comprehensive theatre class.  This course will focus on the individual actor's development of voice and body for self-expression and performance of character through improvisation and script work. Through drama skill-builders ("games"), students will continue to practice techniques in stage presence, listening and focus during rehearsal process, character and script analysis, engaging an audience, and presenting oneself effectively.
 
PLAYMAKING 10   2 credits
Playmaking​​ 10 is a one semester class.   This course will focus on producing original scenes and plays as an ensemble, with workshops in writing as a team, directing actors, and technical theatre. Through drama skill-builders (“games”), students will continue to practice techniques in stage presence, listening and focus during rehearsal process, script writing as a team, choreography, engaging an audience, and presenting oneself effectively. 

THEATRE IMPROVISATION 10 4 credits
Improvisation 10 is a year-long class for dedicated drama students to build their skills. In this exciting and unique class, students will focus on short form improvisation techniques, study and practice the five events fo the Canadian Improv Games, as well as create their own long form improvisations. The class will consist  of weekly rehearsals, a performance every term, watching performances at the Canadian Improv Games and attending a field trip to the Vancouver Theatre Sports League at The Improv Centre. There are no pre-requisites and no audions required for this course. Grade 9s and 10s are welcome. ​

THEATRE PERFORMANCE 11: ACTING  4 credits
This course focuses on the development of acting skills (truthful response, listening, characterization, and subtext) through script work and improvisation within a Modern Theatre context. Continuing where Drama 10 leaves off, Acting 11 students will develop their rehearsal process (script breakdown, blocking, character analysis, basic set/costume design) and performance skills. Activities include improvisation, monologues; audition techniques, acting for film, movement based pieces, and scripted scene projects. Expectations for Acting 11 are rigorous: students will be expected to memorize scenes, demonstrate monologues, and publicly perform at the end of term.
 
THEATRE PERFORMANCE 12: ACTING   4 credits
Acting 12 is an advanced-level course for students interested in the art of Acting. The focus will move away from basic improvisation skills towards more challenging acting styles and text. Students will build an awareness of their own strengths, weaknesses, performance habits, and develop their own acting method. Acting skills, physical and vocal characterization, and self-presentation are explored through various styles and texts (story and musical theatre, Shakespearean, commedia dell’arte, neutral mask, modern drama, etc.). Additional skills such as dialects/accents, auditioning, film acting, and play building
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FILM AND TELEVISION 11/12  4 credits
The Film and Television program focuses on media and technical literacy. Students will develop their skills in the context of taking projects through the full production cycle: preproduction, production, postproduction, and distribution. Students will be expected to develop a greater emphasis on the quality of meaning and communication of their work within group and individual film projects. Employment within the film and television industry and post-secondary opportunities to study film will be explored.
Supplemental Fee: $30.00​
 
 
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