Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School

Arts

Here is a brief description for the Department Courses at St. Francis Catholic Secondary School…

Program Chair

Mr. F. Mancuso

Course Descriptions

 

Dramatic Arts OPEN: ADA 10
This course emphasizes the active exploration of dramatic forms and techniques, using material from a wide range of authors, genres, and cultures. Students will construct, discuss, perform and analyze drama, and then reflect on the experiences to develop an understanding of themselves, the art form, and the world around them. Students aim to achieve excellence, originality and integrity in ones own work, and support these qualities in the work of others.

Guitar OPEN:AMG1O
This course develops students artistic knowledge and skills through the introductory teaching of guitar.

Instrumental/Keyboard Music OPEN: AMI 10
This course emphasizes performance of music at an intermediate level that strikes a balance between challenge and skill. Student learning will include participating in creative activities and listening perceptively. Students will also be required to develop a thorough understanding of listening perceptively. Students will also be required to develop a thorough understanding of the language of music, including the elements, terminology, and history.

Visual Arts OPEN: AVI 10
This course offers an overview of visual arts as a foundation for further study. Students will become familiar with the elements and principles of design and the expressive qualities of various materials through working with a range of materials, processes, techniques, and styles. They will learn and use methods of analysis and criticism and will study the characteristics of particular historical art periods and a selection of Canadian art and the art of other cultures.

Expressions of Aboriginal Cultures OPEN: NAC1O
This course explores various First Nations, Métis, and Inuit art forms (media arts, music, dance, drama, storytelling, visual art, installation and performance art, clothing design, and architectural design), giving students the opportunity to create, present, and analyse integrated art works infused with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit perspectives. Students will examine relationships between art forms and individual and cultural identities, histories, and values. Students will demonstrate innovation as they learn and apply art-related concepts, styles, and conventions and acquire skills that are transferable beyond the classroom. Students will use the creative process and responsible practices to explore solutions to integrated arts challenges

Dramatic Arts OPEN: ADA 20
This course emphasizes the active exploration of dramatic forms and techniques, using material from a wide range of authors, genres, and cultures. Students will construct, discuss, perform and analyze drama, and then reflect on the experiences to develop an understanding of themselves, the art form, and the world around them. Students aim to achieve excellence, originality and integrity in ones own work, and support these qualities in the work of others.

Guitar OPEN: AMG2O
This course develops students artistic knowledge and skills through the introductory teaching of guitar.

Instrumental/Keyboard Music OPEN: AMI2O
This course emphasizes performance of music at an intermediate level that strikes a balance between challenge and skill. Student learning will include participating in creative activities and listening perceptively. Students will also be required to develop a thorough understanding of listening perceptively. Students will also be required to develop a thorough understanding of the language of music, including the elements, terminology, and history.

Visual Arts OPEN: AVI2O
This course enables students to develop their skills in producing and presenting art by introducing them to new ideas, materials, and processes for artistic exploration and experimentation. Students will apply the elements and principles of design when exploring the creative process. Students will use the critical analysis process to reflect on and interpret art within a personal, contemporary, and historical context.

Dramatic Arts University/College Preparation: ADA3M
This course requires students to create and to perform dramatic presentations. Students will analyze, interpret, and perform works of drama from various cultures, including Western plays from around 1900. Students will also do research on different acting styles and conventions for their presentations, create original works, and analyze the functions of playwright, director, actor, producer, designer, technician, and audience. Prerequisite: ADAO1O/2O

Guitar University/College Preparation: AMG3M
This course develops students artistic knowledge and skills through the performance of music and the preparation of music productions. Students will perform appropriate works, particularly works in contemporary popular styles. Independently and in groups, they will also plan, market, and produce music productions, making use of appropriate technology, and will evaluate the results. Prerequisite: AMG1O/2O

 Instrumental/Keyboard University/College Preparation: AMI3M
This course emphasizes the appreciation, analysis, and performance of various kinds of music, including baroque and classical music, popular music, and Canadian and non-Western music. Students will perform technical exercises and appropriate repertoire, complete detailed creative activities and analyze and evaluate live and recorded performances. They will continue to increase their understanding of the elements of music while developing their technical and imaginative abilities. Prerequisite: AMI1O/2O

Photography University/College: AWQ3M
This course focuses on studio activities in one or more of the visual arts. Students will create art works that explore a wide range of subject matter, and will evaluate art works using specific criteria. They will also examine historical and cultural contexts of Western art (including Canadian art) and art from various world cultures to support their study of specific media. Students will develop an understanding of self-expression in photography, dark room techniques, and history of photography. **Students must have access to a 35 mm camera Prerequisite: AVI1O/2O

Visual Arts University/College Preparation: AVI3M
This course provides students with opportunities to further develop their skills and knowledge in visual arts. Students will explore a range of subject matter through studio activities, and will consolidate their practical skills. Students will also analyze art works and study aspects of Western art history, as well as art forms from Canada and other parts of the world. Prerequisite: AVI1O/2O

Dramatic Arts University/College Preparation: ADA4M
This course requires students to experiment with forms and conventions in dramatic literature, and to create/adapt and present dramatic works. Students will do research on dramatic forms, conventions, themes, and theories of acting and directing from different historical periods, and apply their knowledge of these in analyzing and interpreting dramatic literature, including Canadian works and works from various cultures in the late twentieth century. Students will also examine the significance of dramatic arts in various cultures. Prerequisite: ADA3M

Guitar University/College Preparation: AMG4M
This course emphasizes the appreciation, analysis, and performance of music from the romantic period and the twentieth century, including art music, jazz, popular music, and Canadian and non-Western music. Students will concentrate on developing interpretive skills and the ability to work independently. They will also complete complex creative projects. Prerequisite: AMG3M

Instrumental / Keyboard University/College Preparation: AMI4M
This courses emphasizes the appreciation, analysis, and performance of music from the romantic period and the twentieth century, including art music, jazz, popular music, and Canadian and non-Western music. Students will concentrate on developing interpretive skills and the ability to work independently. They will also complete complex creative projects. Prerequisite: AMI3M

Photography University/ College Preparation: AWQ4M
This course is an extension of AWQ3M and will provide students with the opportunity to further develop their darkroom techniques and knowledge of photography along with exploring a variety of lighting techniques as well as digital memory. Students will analyze art forms; use theories of art in analyzing and producing art; and increase their understanding of stylistic changes in Western art, Canadian (including Native Canadian) art, and art forms from various parts of the world. Students will produce a body of work demonstrating a personal approach. Prerequisite: AWQ3M

Visual Arts University/College Preparation: AVI4M
This course focuses on the refinement of students skills and knowledge in visual arts. Students will analyze art forms; use theories of art in analyzing and producing art; and increase their understanding of stylistic changes in modern and contemporary Western art, Canadian (including Native Canadian) art, and art forms from various parts of the world. Students will produce a body of work demonstrating a personal approach. Prerequisite: AVI3M

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