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Carson Graham Secondary
North Vancouver School District
Arts Courses
Carson Graham has four areas of study for arts education: choral music, drama, instrumental music, and visual arts.

CHORAL MUSIC

CONCERT CHOIR & VOCAL JAZZ OVERVIEW
The Concert Choirs and Vocal Jazz Choirs are performance-based courses designed to give students the opportunity to derive educational experiences from participating in a choral ensemble. Through performance in an ensemble, students shape and refine their ideas and integrate their knowledge and attitudes with their technical skills. Students develop musicianship, incorporating technical competence, music literacy and artistry. Through participation in the rehearsal and performance process, students can gain confidence, self-esteem, and a sense of commitment to a team, and the self discipline needed to succeed in all subject areas.

CONCERT CHOIR 8 
This course will cover a wide range of choral repertoire from traditional to contemporary literature. Students will learn proper singing technique, sight singing skills as well as music theory. No less than two concerts are part of this course. Uniform is mandatory. The supplemental fee allows the instructor to enhance and reinforce the regular curriculum through workshops with guest clinicians, as well as performances at festivals and concerts.
This class takes place in addition to all required courses and takes place outside of the regular timetable. Supplemental Fee: $35 

VOCAL JAZZ 8
This course is for students committed to the study of jazz and who wish to explore challenging repertoire within the vocal jazz idiom. The course will cover some jazz theory and history. Beginning improvisation and solos are part of this course. Students must be enrolled in Concert Choir to participate in Jazz Choir. Jazz Choir takes place outside of the timetable. Uniform is mandatory. The supplemental fee allows the instructor to enhance and reinforce the regular curriculum through workshops with guest clinicians, as well as performances at Festivals and concerts.  Taken outside of the timetable in addition to the eight core Grade 8 courses.  Supplemental Fee: $35  

CONCERT CHOIR 9/10/11/12  4 credits
This course covers a wide range of choral repertoire from traditional to contemporary literature. Students will learn proper singing technique, sight singing skills, as well as music theory. No​ less than two concerts are part of this course. Uniform is mandatory.
Supplemental Fee $35

CHAMBER CHOIR 9/10/11/12 4 credits
Chamber Choir is an auditioned advanced choral experience for students interested in developing their vocal abilities and increasing their knowledge of musical theory. Students will expand their repertoire to include many diverse and challenging works of music. Uniform is mandatory. This course is by audition only -do not self-select. Students should select Concert Choir on their course selection sheet and know they will automatically be moved into Chamber Choir if the audition is successful. Auditions and or consultation with the Music Director are held in May of the previous school year.  Supplemental Fee $35

VOCAL JAZZ 9/10/11/12  4 credits
This course is for students committed to the study of jazz and who wish to explore challenging repertoire within the vocal jazz idiom. The course will cover some jazz theory and history. Beginning improvisation and solos are part of this course. Students must be enrolled in Concert Choir to participate in Jazz Choir. Jazz Choir takes place outside of the timetable. Supplemental Fee $35

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DRAMA

DRAMA 8 (Arts Rotation)

The duration of Theatre Company (Drama) 8 is one school term.  This course is part of the grade 8 rotation for electives and includes a basic introduction to drama and theatre arts.  Emphasis will be placed on recognizing the value of one’s own ideas and the importance of working together.  This is an experiential course, so punctuality and participation are fundamental parts of success.  Beginning performance skills will be developed through trust activities, theatre games, and improvisation.  Non-verbal communication through movement, 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.

DRAMA 9  (Semester)

This course is one semester in duration.  In this active elective course, you will explore the role of the actor and develop greater confidence in your performance skills.  This course is an extension of the concepts introduced in Theatre Company (Drama) 8 and is experiential in nature, so punctuality and participation are important for success.  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.  Opportunities for public performance will be explored toward the end of the semester.  Extracurricular hours will be required for evening public performances. 

DRAMA 10 (Semester)

This course is a one semester comprehensive theatre class.  It will focus on the individual actor's development of voice and body for communication and self-expression.  The actor will practice techniques in stage presence, listening, focus, character building and script analysis.  There is an expectation for public performance at the grade 10 level and opportunities for both lunchtime and evening performances will be explored.  Extracurricular hours may be required for additional rehearsal or performances.  Units of study for Theatre Company 10 are improvisation, scene study, character study, social justice, scriptwriting and directing.

THEATRE COMPANY 10 (IMPROVISATION) 4 credits

This course specializes in improvised theatre techniques.  It occurs outside the timetable on Tuesdays from 3-5pm.  Students will focus on three areas in order to gain a wide variety of skills: short form improvisation, long form improvisation and the five events of the Canadian Improv Games.  Each term, there will be a public performance in the Carson theatre and parents, friends and family are invited to watch.

DRAMA 11  4 credits

Drama 11 is a yearlong class of theatre performance skills which build on work from Drama 9, 10, and includes an introduction to theatre technology. This course focuses on the development of acting skills through audition, scene study, and production methods. Students will be expected to participate in public performances in a variety of acting or technical roles.  Performance opportunities range from lunchtime shows, school ceremonies, visiting feeder schools, ‘busking’ or guerilla theatre, festival entries, to multi-show runs in the evenings.  Students should expect to engage in script study, playwriting, line memorization and some extracurricular hours to rehearse, build, and perform shows as we approach performance dates. 

THEATRE COMPANY 11 (IMPROVISATION) 4 credits

This course specializes in improvised theatre techniques.  It occurs outside the timetable on Tuesdays from 3-5pm.  Students will focus on three areas in order to gain a wide variety of skills: short form improvisation, long form improvisation and the five events of the Canadian Improv Games.  Each term, there will be a public performance in the Carson theatre and parents, friends and family are invited to watch.

DRAMA 12   4 credits

Drama 12 is a yearlong continuation class of theatre performance skills which build on work from Drama 9, 10, and 11. This course focuses on the development of acting skills through audition, scene study, and production methods. Students will be expected to participate in public performances in a variety of acting or technical roles.  Performance opportunities range from lunchtime shows, school ceremonies, visiting feeder schools, ‘busking’ or guerilla theatre, festival entries, to multi-show runs in the evenings.  Students should expect to engage in script study, playwriting, line memorization and some extracurricular hours to rehearse, build, and perform shows as we approach performance dates.

THEATRE COMPANY 12 (IMPROVISATION) 4 credits

This course specializes in improvised theatre techniques.  It occurs outside the timetable on Tuesdays from 3-5pm.  Students will focus on three areas in order to gain a wide variety of skills: short form improvisation, long form improvisation and the five events of the Canadian Improv Games.  Each term, there will be a public performance in the Carson theatre and parents, friends and family are invited to watch.


INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

MUSIC 8 (Arts Rotation)

This is a music course that explores aspects of guitar performance, notation, composition, history, and technology.  Students in this course will learn skills in open chords, strumming, notation, and composition. A variety of repertoire will be studied.  Students will develop their skills in guided group practice, as well as individual and group work. Students in this class are encouraged to bring their own material to work on in class, so long as their in class assignments are attended to first. Students are also encouraged to bring guitar relevant songs to the instructor's attention that can then be shared with the class. Supplemental Fee $35

CONCERT BAND 8

This is a year-long course that runs inside the timetable. The concert band instrumentation is flute, clarinet, oboe, bass clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, bass guitar or percussion only, however guitarists and other instrumentalists may take this course to try band, with the intention of switching to a band instrument fairly soon. Fun and challenging music, from a variety of genres, will be performed. Students will continue to build on their technical facility, tone production, musicality and music theory skills. The Concert Band 8 students will have the opportunity to participate at the Loon Lake Music Retreat in January. Students will spend three days and two nights at the beautiful Loon Lake Retreat Centre in Maple Ridge learning music with other professional musicians.

Supplemental Fee: $35

BEGINNER BAND 8-12

This is a year-long course that runs outside the timetable. This course is intended for students who appreciate music and would like to learn a concert band instrument (flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, bass guitar or percussion).  Students will learn how to read music, how to play with the proper posture, embouchure, hand position, and other fundamental musicianship skills. Prior musical experience is not required, however students will prior musical skills, such as playing piano, will progress quickly.  The Beginning Band students will have the opportunity to participate at the Loon Lake Music Retreat in January. Students will spend three days and two nights at the beautiful Loon Lake Retreat Centre in Maple Ridge learning music with other professional musicians.

Supplemental Fee $35

CONCERT BAND 9

This course is year-long and runs inside the timetable.  It is a continuation of the band program. Students must have a minimum of two years of band experience (either at the elementary school or secondary school level), or have demonstrated a level of musical ability on their instrument to be in this course. Challenging music, from a variety of genres, will be performed. Students will continue to build on their technical facility, tone production, musicality, music theory skills, and listening skills.The Concert Band 9 students will have the opportunity to participate at a local music festival (Victoria, Whistler, or Sun Peaks) in February or April. Students will spend three days and two nights at a local music festival listening/learning from other participating school bands, connecting with other young musicians, working with experienced adjudicators, and acquiring new life skills and social skills with other bandmates.

Supplemental Fee: $35

CONCERT BAND 10

This is a year log course that runs inside the timetable.  The course is a continuation of the band program. Students must have a minimum of two years of band experience (either at the elementary school or secondary school level), or have demonstrated a level of musical ability on their instrument to be in this course. Challenging music, from a variety of genres, will be performed, with a special emphasis on musicality and style. The Concert Band 10 students will have the opportunity to participate at a music tour/festival (Edmonton or Banff) in April or May. Students will spend four days and three nights at a music festival listening/learning from other participating school bands, connecting with other young musicians, working with experienced adjudicators, and acquire new life skills and social skills with other bandmates.

Supplemental Fee: $35

JAZZ BAND 8-12

Jazz Band is open to students in grade 8 to 12 who are also in Concert Band courses. In any given year, Carson Graham will have up to three jazz bands at three levels of difficulty (typically Junior, Intermediate, and Senior Jazz Band). Students are placed into the appropriate level of Jazz Band depending on the experience.

CONCERT BAND 11/12

This is a year-long course that runs outside the timetable. This course is a continuation of the band program. This is not an auditioned course, however students will find the music challenging – a high level of playing ability is expected. Students will continue to build on their technical facility, tone production, musicality and music theory skills, with a special emphasis on playing in a soloistic style. Challenging music, demanding technical facility and musicality, will be performed. This course meets outside of the timetable, once a week, on Tuesdays from 5pm to 7pm. The Concert Band 11/12 students will have the opportunity to participate in an international tour. In the past, we have toured and performed in Beijing (China), Los Angeles (USA), Tokyo (Japan) just to name a few.

Supplemental Fee: $35

JAZZ BAND 8-12

Jazz Band is open to students in grade 8 to 12 who are also in Concert Band courses. In any given year, Carson Graham will have up to three jazz bands at three levels of difficulty (typically Junior, Intermediate, and Senior Jazz Band). Students are placed into the appropriate level of Jazz Band depending on the experience.

JAZZ BAND BLACK 10 4 credits

Jazz Band Black is a music course that explores advanced concepts of the jazz canon. These include, swing 8th notes, ensemble performance, history, improvisation, and style. This course is designed to be paired with the student also taking a large ensemble. Students in this course will learn skills in playing in all 12 keys, major and minor scales, modes, intonation, and 12 bar blues. A variety of repertoire will be studied. Students will develop their skills in guided group practice, as well as individual and group work.

JAZZ BAND BLACK 11 4 credits

Jazz Band Black is a music course that explores advanced concepts of the jazz canon. These include, swing 8th notes, ensemble performance, history, improvisation, and style. This course is designed to be paired with the student also taking a large ensemble. Students in this course will learn skills in playing in all 12 keys, major and minor scales, modes, intonation, and 12 bar blues. A variety of repertoire will be studied. Students will develop their skills in guided group practice, as well as individual and group work.

JAZZ BAND BLACK 12 4 credits

Jazz Band Black is a music course that explores advanced concepts of the jazz canon. These include, swing 8th notes, ensemble performance, history, improvisation, and style. This course is designed to be paired with the student also taking a large ensemble. Students in this course will learn skills in playing in all 12 keys, major and minor scales, modes, intonation, and 12 bar blues. A variety of repertoire will be studied. Students will develop their skills in guided group practice, as well as individual and group work.

BEGINNER GUITAR 9

Beginner Guitar is a music course that explores aspects of guitar performance, notation, composition, and technology. Students in this course will learn skills in open chords, strumming, notation, and composition. A variety of repertoire will be studied. Students will develop their skills in guided group practice, as well as individual and group work. Students in this class are encouraged to bring their own material to work on in class, so long as their in class assignments are attended to first. Students are also encouraged to bring guitar relevant songs to the instructor's attention that can then be shared with the class.

INTERMEDIATE GUITAR 9

Intermediate Guitar is an elective course that explores aspects of guitar performance, notation, composition, and technology. Students in this course will expand on their music and guitar knowledge learned in Fine Arts 8. We will learn skills in open and barre chords, strumming, finger picking, notation, improvisation and recording. A variety of repertoire will be studied. Students will develop their skills in guided group practice, as well as individual and group work. Students in this class are encouraged to bring their own material to work on in class, so long as their in class assignments are attended to first. Students are also encouraged to bring guitar relevant songs to the instructor's attention that can then be shared with the class.

BEGINNER GUITAR 10 4 Credits

Beginner Guitar is a music course that explores aspects of guitar performance, notation, composition, and technology. Students in this course will learn skills in open chords, strumming, notation, and composition. A variety of repertoire will be studied. Students will develop their skills in guided group practice, as well as individual and group work. Students in this class are encouraged to bring their own material to work on in class, so long as their in class assignments are attended to first. Students are also encouraged to bring guitar relevant songs to the instructor's attention that can then be shared with the class.

INTERMEDIATE GUITAR 10 4 Credits

Intermediate Guitar is an elective course that explores aspects of guitar performance, notation, composition, and technology. Students in this course will expand on their music and guitar knowledge learned in Fine Arts 8. We will learn skills in open and barre chords, strumming, finger picking, notation, improvisation and recording. A variety of repertoire will be studied. Students will develop their skills in guided group practice, as well as individual and group work. Students in this class are encouraged to bring their own material to work on in class, so long as their in class assignments are attended to first. Students are also encouraged to bring guitar relevant songs to the instructor's attention that can then be shared with the class.

BEGINNER GUITAR 11 4 Credits

Beginner Guitar is a music course that explores aspects of guitar performance, notation, composition, and technology. Students in this course will learn skills in open chords, strumming, notation, and composition. A variety of repertoire will be studied. Students will develop their skills in guided group practice, as well as individual and group work. Students in this class are encouraged to bring their own material to work on in class, so long as their in class assignments are attended to first. Students are also encouraged to bring guitar relevant songs to the instructor's attention that can then be shared with the class.

INTERMEDIATE GUITAR 11 4 Credits

Intermediate Guitar is an elective course that explores aspects of guitar performance, notation, composition, and technology. Students in this course will expand on their music and guitar knowledge learned in Fine Arts 8. We will learn skills in open and barre chords, strumming, finger picking, notation, improvisation and recording. A variety of repertoire will be studied. Students will develop their skills in guided group practice, as well as individual and group work. Students in this class are encouraged to bring their own material to work on in class, so long as their in class assignments are attended to first. Students are also encouraged to bring guitar relevant songs to the instructor's attention that can then be shared with the class.

SENIOR GUITAR 11 4 Credits

Senior Guitar is an elective course that explores aspects of guitar performance, notation, composition, and technology. Students in this course will learn skills in open and barre chords, strumming, finger picking, notation, improvisation, altered tunings, and recording. A variety of repertoire will be studied. Students will develop their skills in guided group practice, as well as individual and group work. Students in this class are encouraged to bring their own material to work on in class, so long as their in class assignments are attended to first. Students are also encouraged to bring guitar relevant songs to the instructor's attention that can then be shared with the class.

BEGINNER GUITAR 12 4 Credits

Beginner Guitar is a music course that explores aspects of guitar performance, notation, composition, and technology. Students in this course will learn skills in open chords, strumming, notation, and composition. A variety of repertoire will be studied. Students will develop their skills in guided group practice, as well as individual and group work. Students in this class are encouraged to bring their own material to work on in class, so long as their in class assignments are attended to first. Students are also encouraged to bring guitar relevant songs to the instructor's attention that can then be shared with the class.

INTERMEDIATE GUITAR 12 4 Credits

Intermediate Guitar is an elective course that explores aspects of guitar performance, notation, composition, and technology. Students in this course will expand on their music and guitar knowledge learned in Fine Arts 8. We will learn skills in open and barre chords, strumming, finger picking, notation, improvisation and recording. A variety of repertoire will be studied. Students will develop their skills in guided group practice, as well as individual and group work. Students in this class are encouraged to bring their own material to work on in class, so long as their in class assignments are attended to first. Students are also encouraged to bring guitar relevant songs to the instructor's attention that can then be shared with the class.

SENIOR GUITAR 12 4 Credits

Senior Guitar is an elective course that explores aspects of guitar performance, notation, composition, and technology. Students in this course will learn skills in open and barre chords, strumming, finger picking, notation, improvisation, altered tunings, and recording. A variety of repertoire will be studied. Students will develop their skills in guided group practice, as well as individual and group work. Students in this class are encouraged to bring their own material to work on in class, so long as their in class assignments are attended to first. Students are also encouraged to bring guitar relevant songs to the instructor's attention that can then be shared with the class.


VISUAL ARTS

VISUAL ARTS 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 

Course Outline, Visual Arts, gr8.pdf

VISUAL ARTS 9 (semester)

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. Students who choose this course need to choose another semester course to pair with it.

Supplemental Fee: $20.00

Course Outline, Visual Arts, gr9.pdf

STUDIO ARTS 2D 10 (DRAWING AND PAINTING)  2 credits

2D Visual Art 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

Course Outline, Visual Arts, gr10.pdf

STUDIO ARTS 3D 10 (CERAMICS) 2 credits  

3D Visual Art 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

Course Outline, Visual Arts, gr10.pdf

PHOTOGRAPHY 10  2 credits 

This is a beginner course in digital photography. The course will cover basic principles of image development along with the historical contributions of various innovative photographers and processes. Each student will learn the fundamentals of basic digital camera functions, image composition and basic Photoshop manipulation.  

Supplemental Fee: $20.00 

MEDIA ARTS 10 (YEARBOOK)  4 credits  

This course focuses on creating the school's yearbook.  It is the responsibility of the students in this course to find creative solutions towards producing a book that reflects and celebrates the diversity of the students and school community. This course covers basic photography, page design, marketing, journalism and creative writing. In the yearbook journalism class, students are responsible for attending events, games, shows and concerts. The majority of the "gathering" of data, reports, interviews and photos from these events will need to be done outside of class time. In-class time is allocated towards marketing initiatives, creative writing and using InDesign to create and input content into the book itself.

ARTISTS FOR KIDS STUDIO ART ACADEMY 10 4 credits

http://www3.gordonsmithgallery.ca/Artists4Kids/Programs/AFKstudioartacademy/Pages/default.aspx
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. 

ART STUDIO 11 (ART FOUNDATIONS)  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

STUDIO ARTS 2D 11 (DRAWING and PAINTING)     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

STUDIO ARTS 3D 11 (CERAMICS)   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

PHOTOGRAPHY 11   4 credits 

This is an intermediate course in digital photography as well as 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 

MEDIA ARTS 11 (YEARBOOK) 4 credits  

This course focuses on creating the school's yearbook.  It is the responsibility of the students in this course to find creative solutions towards producing a book that reflects and celebrates the diversity of the students and school community. This course covers basic photography, page design, marketing, journalism and creative writing. In the yearbook journalism class, students are responsible for attending events, games, shows and concerts. The majority of the "gathering" of data, reports, interviews and photos from these events will need to be done outside of class time. In-class time is allocated towards marketing initiatives, creative writing and using InDesign to create and input content into the book itself. 

ARTISTS FOR KIDS STUDIO ART ACADEMY 11 4 credits

 http://www3.gordonsmithgallery.ca/Artists4Kids/Programs/AFKstudioartacademy/Pages/default.aspx
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. 

ART STUDIO 12 (ART FOUNDATIONS) 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

STUDIO ARTS 2D 12 (DRAWING and PAINTING) 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 ARTS 3D 12 (CERAMICS) 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

PHOTOGRAPHY 12 4 credits 

This is an advanced course in digital and black and white still photography. The course will cover advanced image composition, conceptual, and personal expression along with complex darkroom procedures. The aim of the course is for the student to produce a portfolio of finished photographs showing a range of technical mastery and a personal statement. 

Supplemental Fee: $40.00 

MEDIA ARTS 12 (YEARBOOK) 4 credits  

This course focuses on creating the school's yearbook.  It is the responsibility of the students in this course to find creative solutions towards producing a book that reflects and celebrates the diversity of the students and school community. This course covers basic photography, page design, marketing, journalism and creative writing. In the yearbook journalism class, students are responsible for attending events, games, shows and concerts. The majority of the "gathering" of data, reports, interviews and photos from these events will need to be done outside of class time. In-class time is allocated towards marketing initiatives, creative writing and using InDesign to create and input content into the book itself. 

ARTISTS FOR KIDS STUDIO ART ACADEMY 12 4 credits

 http://www3.gordonsmithgallery.ca/Artists4Kids/Programs/AFKstudioartacademy/Pages/default.aspx
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.