Arts

Arts:  Theatre

Drama 8 – Introduction To Drama

Drama 8 is a half-year course that is combined with Art 8. Students will be introduced to drama concepts and performance techniques through theatre games, class exercises and group presentations. Drama will help students develop their confidence and it gives them a safe and creative space to express themselves in new and imaginative ways. In Drama 8, students will work on storytelling through tableau (frozen pictures), how to create a character vocally and physically, mime and creating a re-mixed fairy tale. The skills that students develop in Drama will help them in other subject areas and throughout their lives.

 

Drama 9 - Intermediate Drama And Performance

Students of Drama 9 will continue to develop the skills they learned in Drama 8. They will learn the skills and attitudes necessary to succeed in a performance group, including teamwork, adaptability, support and leadership. Students will practice new performance techniques and applications through units such as playbuilding, reader’s theatre, lip syncs, puppetry, radio plays and theatresports. There will be a strong focus on mutual respect, personal expression and developing one’s creative voice within a supportive group environment. Participation and inclusion are major aspects of this course. Students will be evaluated on these skills using rubrics published by the IB Middle Years Programme.

 

Drama 10 – Intermediate Drama And Performance

Students of Drama 10 will continue to develop the skills they learned in Drama 9. They will learn the skills and attitudes necessary to succeed in a performance group, including teamwork, adaptability, support and leadership. Students will practice new performance techniques and applications through units such as theatre technology, character mask creation, Commedia dell’Arte, theatresports, lip syncs and the production of a one-act play. There will be a strong focus on mutual respect, personal expression and developing one’s creative voice within a supportive group environment. Participation and inclusion are major aspects of this course.

 

Drama 11 and 12: Senior Theatre and Performance Acting

Acting 11 and 12 will allow students to further develop their theatre skills as more complex material is explored and advanced acting techniques are learned. Some of the units this course will focus on mutual respect, personal expression and developing one’s creative voice within a supportive group environment. Participation and inclusion are major aspects of this course. Entry into this course may depend on past experience.

 

Drama 11 and 12: Theatre and Performance - Directing and Script Writing

Directing and Script Writing is a course for students who have drama experience and an interest in creating new theatrical work.  Students will have the opportunity to direct already-published works as well as develop and direct their own scenes, monologues and a short one-act play.  This course emphasizes the working relationship between actor, director and playwright and the communication and collaboration skills that are necessary when directing one’s peers.  Students will work in tandem with a Drama 9/10 block or Drama 11/12 block and they will direct in-class student projects as well as their own work.  There will also be opportunities for Directing and Script Writing students to direct or assistant direct school productions.

 

Arts:  Music

Please note:  your placement in Music courses is dependent on your level of experience.  The first Music course you take (excluding Grade 8), whether you are in Grade 9 or 12 is Level 1.

Band 8

This course is designed for students who have some experience playing an instrument already. Students, who have never played but wish to start, should contact Mr. Naso, the Band Teacher. Course expectations include regular home practice and participation in evening concerts throughout the year.

 

Choir 8 - 12

This course is open to any student in Grades 8 to 12 who loves to sing.  Students will develop their vocal technique and overall musicianship and will perform music from styles ranging from Jazz and Concert Choir repertoire to contemporary Pop songs.  The ability to read music is an asset, but not essential.  Performance is a goal of this group and, therefore, attendance at concerts and festivals is required.  Extra rehearsals are sometimes needed in order to prepare for performances, festivals, and possible music tours.  

 

Concert Band 9 - 12

Students should have previous band experience or previous musical background to participate in these courses. A variety of musical styles will be played and students will continue to develop their technique, notation reading, and knowledge of music theory and history. Students will grow as musicians through practice and participating in live performances. There will be opportunities to attend festivals and a Spring music trip.  

Drumming 8 - 12

These are hands-on drumming courses designed for students wishing to explore rhythm and hand drumming technique. Drums and percussion instruments will be provided for class use. Students will work with musical elements such as form, dynamics, movement, and rhythmic design. The ability to read music is an asset, but not essential. Brazilian and African drumming is the focus of course content but other cultures will be included. Evaluation will be based on daily participation, skill development and public performance.  

 

Guitar 8 - 12

In addition to learning how to play the guitar, students will learn about basic music theory, rhythm, chord structure, and improvisation in these courses.  Students will acquire a working knowledge of the fret board, chords, scales, and strumming/picking technique.  A variety of musical styles will be covered including pop, rock, folk, and blues.  Acoustic guitars will be provided in class for student use.   

 

Jazz Band 9 - 12

Students should have previous band experience or previous musical background to participate in these courses.  In addition to the standard jazz wind instruments (saxophone, trombone, and trumpet) this ensemble requires drums/percussion, electric guitar, piano, electric bass, and acoustic bass.  Space is limited for students playing non-wind instruments so music reading ability and attitude will inform the selection of students for these important roles. 

 

Music Composition 11 - 12 

This course is designed for students who are already creatively involved in music and have a desire to prodcue their own original works.  Music Composition is a project-based course that is largely self-directed.  Therefore, students should be self-motivated and must use their time, both in and outside of class, efficiently.  Use of the music department's recording studio is encouraged in order to document and present one's original musical creations.  Learning to work with the technological aspects of the studio is included in the learning outcomes of this course.  

 

Arts: Art

 

Art 8

Art 8 is a half –year course combined with Drama 8. In Art 8 students are introduced to a variety of 2-D and 3-D materials and processes, especially drawing, painting, and sculpture. With fun, imaginative assignments students explore their creativity and investigate the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. Students develop skills, vocabulary & knowledge to create, communicate, perceive and respond to artworks across a range of art periods, styles and cultural contexts. Students begin an MYP process journal (sketchbook) as a means to document process and develop self- reflective learning. Knowledge & Understanding, Creative Thinking, Developing Skills and Responding will be evaluated based on the IB MYP Arts rubric. 

Studio Art 9 and 10 (Art Foundations and Drawing & Painting)

In Studio Art students develop their creative process through a broad range of concepts, materials and techniques. Drawing, painting, printmaking and mixed media concepts are investigated. Elements of Art and Principles of Design vocabulary are taught along with other image development strategies. Students create, communicate, perceive and respond to artworks across a range of art periods, styles and cultural contexts. Students use their MYP process journal (sketchbook) as a means to document process and develop self- reflective learning. Knowledge & Understanding, Creative Thinking, Developing Skills and Responding will be evaluated based on the IB MYP Arts rubric. The aim of the MYP program is to create internationally minded people who recognize their common humanity and role in the creation of a better, more peaceful world. This compliments “big ideas” from the New BC Arts Curriculum: “The arts provide opportunities to gain insight into the perspectives and experiences of people from a variety of times, places, and cultures.” “Creative arts experiences can build community and nurture relationships with others.” “Identity is explored, expressed, and impacted through arts experiences.”

NOTE *New projects are developed each year in all art courses so students can take consecutive years of Art and not repeat any projects even in mixed grade classes.

Studio Art 11 and 12 (Art Foundations and Drawing & Painting)

Senior Studio Art students hone their creative thinking, communication and craftsmanship through a range of design challenges, concepts, materials, techniques and processes. The bulk of the projects fall under the categories: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking and Mixed Media. Students learn how Elements of Art, Principles of Art and Image Development Strategies are used to improve their art. Students create, communicate, document, perceive and respond to artworks across a range of art periods, styles and cultural contexts. Students use a sketchbook for prep work and ongoing process documentation. Students interested in portfolio building or pursuing careers related to the arts can be supported in this class. Students will be assessed considering the“5 C’s:” Creativity, Craftsmanship, Composition, Colour, & Class time. In keeping with the big ideas from the New Arts Curriculum: “Active participation in the visual arts is an essential element of culture and personal identity and reveals insights into the human experience.”  

Sculpture 3D - 9 and 10

In Sculpture students develop their creative process through a range of 3D concepts, materials and techniques. Course content includes: Ceramics ( clay), paper mache, wire, cardboard, plaster carving, found objects, mixed media and installation. Elements of Art and Principles of Design vocabulary are taught along with other image development strategies. Students create, communicate, perceive and respond to artworks across a range of art periods, styles and cultural contexts. Students use their MYP process journal (sketchbook) as a means to document process and develop self- reflective learning. Knowledge & Understanding, Creative Thinking, Developing Skills and Responding will be evaluated based on the IB MYP Arts rubric. The aim of the MYP program is to create internationally minded people who recognize their common humanity and role in the creation of a better, more peaceful world. This is in keeping with the big ideas from the New BC Arts Curriculum: “The arts provide opportunities to gain insight into the perspectives and experiences of people from a variety of times, places, and cultures.” “Creative arts experiences can build community and nurture relationships with others.” “Identity is explored, expressed, and impacted through arts experiences.”

Note *New projects are developed each year so students can take consecutive years of Art and not repeat any projects even in mixed grade classes.

Sculpture 3D - 11 and 12

Senior Sculpture students hone their creative thinking, communication and craftsmanship through a diverse range of 3D design challenges, concepts, materials, techniques and processes. Projects may use any of the following: Ceramics (clay), found object Assemblage, paper mache, wire, wood, plaster, fabric, cardboard, installation etc.  Form and Function are both explored.  Students learn how Elements of Art, Principles of Design and Image Development Strategies are used to improve their art. Students create, communicate, document, perceive and respond to artworks across a range of art periods, styles and cultural contexts. Students use a sketchbook for prep work and ongoing process documentation. Students interested in portfolio building or pursuing careers related to the arts can be supported in this class. In keeping with the big ideas from the New Arts Curriculum: “Active participation in the visual arts is an essential element of culture and personal identity and reveals insights into the human experience.”

Note *New projects are developed each year so students can take consecutive years of Art and not repeat any projects even in mixed grade classes.

Photo 9 - 12 (Level One - Beginner)

For students in Grades 9 through 12, Level One introduces a wide variety of techniques and concepts in photography including: traditional S.L.R. and digital camera basics, developing film, an introduction to the darkroom, photo- composition, history, theory and criticism. This course is also an introduction to digital image manipulation and graphic design basics using an assortment of photo editing and creative software programs such as Adobe Creative Suite and Lightroom. Collage techniques, mixed media and photo journaling will also be used to investigate important image development strategies and the Elements & Principles of Art & Design. Projects will be a mix of individual and small group.  Students will have access to school SLR cameras (film & digital) for sign-out, however, their own personal camera is an asset.

Photo 9 - 12 (Level Two – Intermediate)

For students in Grades 9 through 12 who have already completed level one at Boyd. Level two gives students the opportunity to improve on techniques and concepts developed in Beginners Photo. Goals are to continue to explore Digital Photography, lighting and advanced darkroom techniques and to develop richer photo imagery and strengthen composition. To have a more focused and creative approach to assignments and a strong work ethic. Students will have access to school SLR cameras (film & digital) for sign-out, however, their own personal camera is an asset.

Photo 9 - 12 (Level Three – Advanced)

For students in Grades 9 through 12 who have taken Beginner & Intermediate photo, level three gives students the opportunity to improve on techniques and concepts previously developed. Goals are to continue to explore Digital Photography, lighting and advanced darkroom techniques and to develop richer photo imagery and strengthen composition. To have a more focused and creative approach to assignments and a strong work ethic. Level 3 are expected to be more self-directed with regard to personal artistic goals and themes explored. Artist statements, critique experience, display and Portfolio support will be given. Students will have access to school SLR cameras (film & digital) for sign-out, however, their own personal camera is an asset.

*Photo 9/10 MYP students will be assessed on the following criteria:  Knowledge & Understanding, Creative Thinking, Developing Skills and Responding (based on the IB MYP Arts rubric.) All photo students will be assessed in accordance with curriculum guidelines for curricular competency.