VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS



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Art
MATHERS, Laura Laura.Mathers@burnabyschools.ca Art | Photography
SARBAZZADEH, Tammy Tammy.Sarbazzadeh@burnabyschools.ca Art | Graphic Arts | ACE-IT
Dance
TIRLING, Shannon Shannon.Tirling@burnabyschools.ca
WOROBETS, Deanna Deanna.Worobets@burnabyschools.ca Department Head
Drama
WILLIAMS, Bryn BrynA.Williams@burnabyschools.ca
Music
NASTALSKI, Taryn Taryn.Nastalski@burnabyschools.ca

 

Course Descriptions

ART


ARTS EDUCATION 8
Art 8 is an introductory course in which students explore a variety of materials in two-dimensional and three-dimensional image-making, develop basic drawing skills, and consider the work of selected artists.
Note: A sketchbook will be required.


ARTS EDUCATION 9
This course provides an opportunity for continued exploration and experience in a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional mediums. Students will be engaged in the development of skills and knowledge related to personal image creation, selected techniques and historical developments.
Note: A sketchbook will be required.


MEDIA ARTS 9/10
ShapeMedia Arts 9 is an introductory course designed to develop media literacy and allow students to explore multi-media production, always with an audience in mind. Students will be involved in analyzing the form and content of media, its influence on culture and society, and creating projecs with a variety of technologies. The areas of focus will be image creation and manipulation, video, animation and interactivity. Media Arts 10 shares these objectives while introducing new design applications to enhance student portfolios.


ART STUDIO 10
This course provides opportunity for exploration of a variety of materials, processes and techniques in two-dimensions and three-dimensions, and the study of artists who have worked in these areas. Emphasis will be placed on the development of personal imagery and a basic understanding of the elements and principles of design.
Note: A sketchbook will be required.


GRAPHIC ARTS 10
This course introduces students to design fundamentals and explores the elements and principles of graphic design. Students will work with a variety of materials in the creation of commercial art projects and printmaking. Students will learn to create designs and develop their knowledge regarding the ways in which content, design elements, available computer technology, and materials can be used to translate ideas and concepts into successful design solutions


ART STUDIO 11
Students will be engaged in creating with, and responding to, a wide range of 2D and 3D art processes selected from drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking and graphic design. Within each area they will explore image development and design strategies, the elements and principles of design, technical skill development and context(s). Art history, art criticism and exploration of a range of art careers are integral to the course.
Note: A sketchbook will be required.


GRAPHIC ARTS 11
This course focuses on design fundamentals while exploring the elements and principles of graphic design. Students will work with a variety of materials and media in the creation of commercial art projects and printmaking. Students will learn to create designs and develop their knowledge regarding the ways in which content, design elements, available computer technology, and materials can be used to translate ideas and concepts into successful design solutions.


MEDIA ARTS 11
This course addresses the development of technical skill, creative expressions and communication in printed and dynamic imagery, animation, web page creation, film and video, and sound production. Students will study the history of media arts technologies, analyze the impact of these mass media forms in society, and explore career options. The development of a portfolio is an integral part of this course. *This course meets both the Applied Skills and the Fine Arts 11 requirements.


PHOTOGRAPHY 11
This course introduces students to digital photography (the Mac lab is our darkroom) and includes technical and creative components. It will encourage students to explore contexts, while discovering the expressive possibilities through much experimentation.


STUDIO ARTS 2D 11/12: Drawing & Painting
This course is intended for those students wishing to enlarge and increase their skill level in a variety of media and subjects. Students will explore different drawing and painting techniques using a variety of media:  Pencil, pen and ink, watercolour, acrylic, oil pastels, and pencil crayons. There may be a digital art component offered if students are interested.


STUDIO ARTS 3D 11/12: Ceramics & Sculpture
Ceramics and Sculpture is a course for students who wish to focus their studies on 3D Art. This course offers students the opportunity to address skill development through a variety of materials while exploring the influence of context, manipulation of design elements and principles as related to ceramics and sculpture.


ART STUDIO 12
Building upon Art Studio 11 content, students work at an advanced level with a range of 2D and 3D art processes. Emphasis is on an increase in their level of sophistication, complexity and independence as students further develop technical competence in the selection and use of a variety of materials and processes, the purposeful manipulation of the elements of design, and the development of personal imagery. Visual literacy will be enhanced through art criticism and the study of the relationships between context(s) and the visual arts. Students will document and evaluate their creative process and products and continue to explore a range of visual art careers.
Note: A sketchbook will be required.


GRAPHIC ARTS 12
This course provides an opportunity for the continued study of design fundamentals while continuing to explore and incorporate the elements and principles of graphic design into one’s work. Students will work with a variety of materials (a mixture of traditional and digital media) in the creation of commercial art projects and printmaking. Students will continue to create designs and develop their knowledge regarding the ways in which content, design elements, available computer technology, and materials can be used to translate ideas and concepts into successful design solutions, as well as develop individual portfolios.


MEDIA ARTS 12
This course is designed for more advanced study of film and video, as well as possibilities available with multimedia technologies (visual, audio and for the web) as outlined for Media Arts 11. Students will be required to propose and complete independent projects during term 2 that showcase their skills, knowledge and creative abilities in studied areas. The development of a portfolio is an integral part of this course.


PHOTOGRAPHY 12
This course builds on Photography 11. Students will study developments in photography, understand and apply the element and principles of design in photographic production and digital photography, develop a portfolio of personal work and explore career options.


ADVANCED PLACEMENT – ARTS
For committed art students who wish to submit an AP portfolio in 2-D Design, 3-D, or Drawing. The AP Arts courses are rigorous courses designed to challenge students in their artistic skill and expression. Advanced Placement Studio Art is an excellent option for students needing a high-quality portfolio to apply to a post-secondary college or university program in art or design.

 


Dance


DANCE 8
Dance 8 encourages students to trust themselves and others, reflect on thoughts and experiences, and explore creative expression. Risk taking, personal awareness, and dance etiquette are emphasized. Students are introduced to dance terminology, movement elements, various genres, as well as dance history. Students will take part in a daily warm-up and cross-floor sequences to build rhythm, strength, flexibility, co-ordination, and dance technique. Throughout the course, students are involved in the creation of a piece of choreography that they perform at the end of semester Dance Show.


DANCE 9
Dance 9 focuses on technical dance skills, rhythm and body awareness. Dance technique and risk-taking play an increasingly important role during warm-up, cross-floor sequences, and choreography. Collaboration, spatial/body/personal awareness and dance etiquette are emphasized. Students learn about dance terminology, movement elements, various genres of dance and dance history. Throughout the course, students are involved in the creation of a piece of choreography that they perform in the end of semester Dance show.


DANCE COMPANY 9
This is a repertory-based course in which students learn elements of choreography, leadership skills and advanced performance and technical skills necessary in being part of a Dance Performance Ensemble. The teacher and students work together to create a repertoire of dances in a variety of genres. The Company performs in the Dance Show performance at the end of both semesters, the Burnaby Festival of Dance, and several other events throughout the year.

*This class is offered in Y Block from 3:30-5:15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from January to June throughout the entire year. Extra rehearsals are also to be expected.

(Note: Admission by audition only. Auditions take place in April. Students must be registered in a dance class in the regular time-table)


DANCE PERFORMANCE 10
This performance-based course continues to extend and develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to study dance at an intermediate level. Students will continue to strengthen and expand dance technique, terminology, creative expression, and style. All levels of dancers are encouraged to take this course. Dance Performance 10 consists of a daily warm-up, cross-floor exercises, and choreography. Throughout the course, students are involved in the creation of a piece of choreography that they perform in the end of semester Dance Show.


DANCE COMPOSITION 10
Dance Composition 10 is intended to give dedicated dancers the opportunity to begin exploring their own creative potential. In this class students will work on dance technique but will focus primarily on learning the elements of dance composition. Students will work together to create choreography to be presented in our Dance Informal, and potentially our end of semester Dance show as well.

(Note: Students should have completed a previous dance course and/or have instructor’s approval. Students are encouraged to take this course in combination with a Dance Performance course.)


DANCE CONDITIONING 10
Dance Conditioning 10 is designed for beginner to advanced dancers. This course gives students tools that they need to become more technically proficient dancers. Elements of yoga, Pilates and floor barre, along with the use of exercise equipment are incorporated into the class. Students will gain the strength, flexibility and physical awareness necessary to take their own dancing to the next level. They will begin to develop healthy, efficient movement patterns to improve technique and to help prevent injury. The course also includes an introductory anatomy unit to increase students’ understanding of muscles, bones and movement.

* This course takes place in Y block, after school from 3:15pm to 5:00pm on Mondays and Wednesday mornings from 7:30-8:45 all year long.


DANCE COMPANY 10
This is a repertory- based course in which students learn elements of choreography, leadership skills and advanced performance and technical skills necessary in being part of a Dance Performance Ensemble. Students work alone and in groups to create, explore, and refine movement and choreography. Together with the teacher, students create a repertoire of dances in a variety of genres. Students in this course perform in the Dance Show at the end of both semesters, the Burnaby Dance Festival, and at several other venues and events throughout the year.

(Note: Admission by audition in April. Must be registered in at least one dance class in the regular time-table)


DANCE PERFORMANCE 11
Dance Performance 11 is a performance-based course suitable for beginner to advanced dancers. Throughout the semester, students work to increase dance technique, stamina, flexibility, knowledge of proper dance terminology and history, as well as artistic and creative expression. Each class includes warm-up, cross-floor combinations, and choreography. Throughout the course, students are involved in the creation of a piece of choreography that they perform in the end of semester Dance Show.


DANCE COMPOSITION 11
Dance Composition 11 is intended to give dedicated dancers the opportunity to develop their creativity as choreographers. In this class students will work on some dance technique but will focus primarily on learning the elements of dance composition. Students will develop their choreographic skills and will create choreography to be presented in our Dance Informal, and potentially in the end of semester Dance Show as well.

(Note: Students should have completed a previous dance course and/or have instructor’s approval. Students are encouraged to take this course in combination with a Dance Performance course.)


DANCE COMPANY 11
This is a repertory- based course in which students learn elements of choreography, leadership skills and advanced performance and technical skills necessary in being part of a Dance Performance Ensemble. Students work alone and in groups to create, explore, and refine movement and choreography. Together with the teacher, students create a repertoire of dances in a variety of genres. Grade 11 students begin to play a leadership role within the class to mentor grade 9 and10 dancers. Students in this course perform in the Dance Show at the end of both semesters, the Burnaby Festival of Dance and at several other events throughout the year.

(Note: Admission by audition in April. Must be registered in at least one dance class in the regular time-table)


DANCE PERFORMANCE 12
Dance Performance 12 is a performance-based course suitable for beginner to advanced dancers. All levels of committed, hard-working, determined, students are encouraged to take this class. Students work daily on choreography, technical skills, flexibility, and artistic expression. Each class includes warm-up, cross-floor combinations, and choreography. Throughout the course, students are very involved in the creation of a piece of choreography that they perform in the end of semester Dance Show.


DANCE COMPOSITION 12
Dance Composition 12 is intended to give dedicated dancers the opportunity to continue exploring their own creative potential. In this class students will work on dance technique but will focus primarily on learning the elements of dance composition. Students will work together to create choreography to be presented in our Dance Informal, and potentially our end of semester Dance show as well.


DANCE CONDITIONING 12
Dance Conditioning 12 is designed for beginner to advanced dancers. This course gives students tools they need to become more technically proficient dancers and movers. Elements of yoga, Pilates and floor barre, along with the use of exercise equipment are incorporated into the class. Students will gain the strength, flexibility and physical awareness necessary to take their own dancing or movement to the next level. They will develop and consistently apply healthy, efficient movement patterns that improve dance technique and help prevent injury. The course also includes a unit on anatomy to increase students’ understanding and ability to communicate specifically about muscles, bones and movement. Projects include working in partners to develop and teach stretch, warm-up and strengthening sequences as well as keeping a personal progress journal.  

* This course takes place in Y block, after school from 3:15pm to 5:00pm on Mondays and Wednesday mornings from 7:30-8:45 all year long.


DANCE LEADERSHIP 12
Building on concepts explored in Dance Leadership 11, Dance Leadership 12 is a highly specialized course for advanced dance students. In this course, students work with a junior grade 8 or 9 dance class as a mentor and choreographer. Students are challenged to lead warm-up and cross-floor activities, as well as through creative exploration, choreograph a piece that the junior students will perform in the end of the semester Festival of the Arts and Dance Celebration performance.

Dance Leadership encourages highly motivated students to bring their knowledge and skills into the shared space with other dancers, while encouraging them to effectively communicate and problem solve. In addition, this course aims to expose students to potential career options in the vast and varied professional dance industry and creates increased autonomy as they consider their future experiences in dance.

(Note: This is a specialized course. If you are interested in this course, please speak to your Dance teacher.)


DANCE COMPANY 12
This is a repertory- based course in which students learn and refine their knowledge of elements of choreography, leadership skills and advanced performance and technical skills necessary in being part of a Dance Performance Ensemble. Students work alone and in groups to create, explore, and refine movement and choreography. Together with the teacher, students create a repertoire of dances in a variety of genres. Grade 12 students learn how to mentor and support the younger Company students as well. Company members perform in the Dance Show at the end of both semesters, the Burnaby Festival of Dance and several other venues and events throughout the year.

(Note: This is a linear course offered in Y Block from 3:30-5:15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from January to June. Extra rehearsals are also to be expected. Admission by audition only in the Spring)

 

Drama


DRAMA 8
An introductory course which encourages students to trust themselves and others; reflect on thoughts, feelings and beliefs; take risks within dramatic context, and actively express themselves in body and voice. Drama 8 is an introductory course in creative dramatics with an emphasis on personal and social development, concentration, trust and cooperation. This course will familiarize students with the fundamentals of theatre, the basic elements of acting and how to prepare for roles through simple character development. Some limited exposure to script work and film will be introduced, while group and/or ensemble work is emphasized throughout.


DRAMA 9
This course develops and extends students’ knowledge, skills and attitudes through diverse experiences. Students learn to further apply drama and theatre elements in an effective manner. Students are exposed to greater script work, theatre sports, musical theatre, and film, and will examine various simple technical aspects of theatre (such as costume and simple set design). Personal awareness and self-discipline will continue to play an important role via group and/or ensemble work.


DRAMA 10
Drama 10 continues to extend and develop skills and attitudes necessary to explore ideas in a dramatic context at an intermediate level. Students will continue to build upon previous skills in Drama 8 and Drama 9 and are presented with increasingly challenging projects in script work, musical theatre, theatre sports and film. Students will continue to explore fundamental aspects of technical theatre and are provided with performance and basic production management opportunities.


DRAMA 11: Theatre Performance
Emphasis is placed on developing a deeper understanding of the elements of theatre at an advanced level. Students are presented with increasingly challenging projects in script work, theatre sports, musical theatre and role play; study the art of acting through interpretation, analysis and advanced characterization; and are presented with performance, technical and/or productional management opportunities.


DRAMA 12: Theatre Performance
This course develops students’ understanding of theatre elements at an advanced level. Students are expected to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes in theatre, which will enhance their personal, educational and career development. Students will explore acting through modes such as script work, musical theatre, role play and film. Drama 12 is a highly specialized course in the art of acting for both stage and film. Students are expected to perform at a superior level in any facet of acting, production management and/or technical theatre.


DIRECTING AND SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT 11/12
This course emphasizes the basics of interpreting text and the role of the director. Students are presented with an opportunity to develop their production, directorial, and scriptwriting skills through taking a leadership role with younger acting students. Students will be immersed in the casting, direction, production and creative challenge of mounting smaller theatrical productions and performances. Specific levels of responsibility will be assigned for these senior leadership roles.

Taught in conjunction with senior drama courses, Directing & Script Development will be offered to a limited number of students, who are expected to be leaders in the Byrne Drama Program and are able to work independently as well as with others.


THEATRE COMPANY 8 – 12 *By audition only
*This course is offered outside of the timetable.
The performance of a theatre work requires the collaborative efforts of the entire theatre company. Students learn about the nature of a theatre company and the interconnected roles and responsibilities of people who work within it. They examine the requirements for leadership, teamwork, commitment, and backstage and front-of-house communication protocol. They learn the synthesis of content and context in the theatre environment. Through participation in the rehearsal and performance process, as actors and technicians, students learn the skills and attitudes necessary to perform within a theatre company, including valuable personal and interpersonal skills that students can apply in a broader social and career context. Theatre Company is ultimately responsible for performing a show at the end of the semester.


MUSICAL THEATRE 8 – 12 * By audition only
*This course is offered outside of the timetable.
The performance of a musical theatre work requires the collaborative efforts of the entire musical theatre cast. Students learn about the nature of musical theatre and the interconnected roles and responsibilities that theatre, music and dance play within a show. They examine the requirements for leadership, teamwork, commitment and backstage and front-of-house communication protocol. They learn the synthesis of content and context from multiple visual and performing arts disciplines by connecting dance, music and theatre skills. Through participation and in the rehearsal and performance process, students learn the skills and attitudes necessary to perform a musical theatre production, including valuable personal and interpersonal skills that students can apply in a broader social and career context. Musical Theatre students are ultimately responsible for performing a show at the end of the semester.

 


Music


MUSIC: BEGINNER BAND 8/9
This course is an introductory course by which students are introduced to the maintenance, technique and rudiments of a selected band instrument. Concepts such as articulation. embouchure, blend, balance, tone and style are introduced to form a foundation of musical awareness that encourages expression, reflection and performance. Students will create, listen to, perform and understand music demonstrating historical and cultural contexts. Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of thoughts, images and feelings used to express and create music as well as define elements of expression such as: harmony, rhythm, melody, texture, dynamics, tempo, and timbre.
Note: While some instruments are available through the school, most students will be required to provide their own instrument. Assistance for renting or purchasing a musical instrument will be provided at term start.


MUSIC 9: Junior Band
Junior Band provides an opportunity for students to expand on their beginner band experiences. Students will continue to master their individual instrument and frame their musical experiences through independent learning as well as group rehearsal. Students will perform a wide variety of music (appropriate to their level) ranging from classical to modem music. Students will learn to create and compose music through further instruction of their individual instruments.


MUSIC 9: Guitar
This is a course designed for beginners wishing to learn guitar. This course is linked with the learning standards of Music 9 and will further develop techniques specific to guitar. Theory will include picking and strumming techniques using major and minor scales, harmonic progression, (e.g. 12 bar blues) and pentatonic scales. Students will develop proficiency in listening skills, ensemble awareness, solo and group performance, as well as basis electric and acoustic technique. Repertoire will vary from a range of periods and styles in including rock, blues, and classical.


MUSIC 9: Choir
This course offers an introduction to singing. Students will expand on physical concepts of singing that empower them to sing in pitch, with support and in tune. Students will learn concepts of history: historical periods, genres, styles and cultures of music. Conceptual achievements will include heat, tempo, rhythm, pitch, melody, phrasing and dynamics. Students will learn how to read and compose notated choral music as well as sing/perform: a varied repertoire of music from classical to modern. Students will learn, discuss and interpret history; style, emotion and expression of music.


INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC 10: Concert Band 10
Concert Band is the main ensemble for brass, woodwind, and percussion. This course focuses less on the physical demands and rudiments of music, and more on the expressive and aesthetic elements of music. Students enhance their ability in creating. composing, arranging through rhythmic and harmonic instruction. Theory is enhanced through musical terminology, technology listening, performing and creating. Analysis orally and in writing allows the elements of music to be presented through a wide spectrum and range of styles.


INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC 10: Junior Jazz Band
Jazz Band develops and extends students’ knowledge, skills and attitudes through diverse musical experiences. Students learn to further apply their musical understanding through jazz styles, techniques and composition. This course will emphasize comprehensive and conceptual achievements and mastery of instrumental music with a continued focus on theory and harmony. Students will he introduced to jazz styles that will encourage exploration in improvisation and jazz analysis.


INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC 10/11/12: Guitar
This course continues to build on the previous levels’ competencies. Emphasis is placed on advanced classical guitar technique, note reading, and finger-picking. Students learn bar chords in major and minor keys, as well as advanced rhythms and notation; major and minor. Students will learn how to play two and three octave scales and are introduced to pentatonic and modal scales.


CHORAL MUSIC 10/11/12
Choral Music develops and extends students’ knowledge of music and vocal technique while developing music-reading skills. Students will sing a wide range of repertoire from diverse cultures, styles and eras in large groups and alone. Opportunities will be given for solos and leadership whilst students en­hance their musical expression, performance, theory and ear training Interpretation, expression, performance and comprehensive knowledge of musical terminology, aesthetics, and techniques are the focus of this class. Students continue to develop their reading and writing skills in music, listening to and responding to and with critique.


INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC 11/12: Senior Band
Concert Band is the main ensemble for brass, woodwind, and percussion. These bands will involve the majority of students in the Music Program and perform a wide variety of musical styles, including Classics, Overtures, Film Music, and some Pop music. Students will combine technical knowledge, music literacy, and contextual observation to make musical decisions and demonstrate increasingly sophisticated application of music elements, principles, techniques, vocabulary, and symbols.  In addition, students are expected to pursue increasing fluency in instrumental performance and establish evolving personal goals for instrumental performance. The Concert Band will perform in concerts, festivals and on tour.


MUSIC 11/12: Senior Jazz Band
Building upon Junior Jazz Band, students work at an advanced level with a range of new artistic challenges presented in critical thinking, reflection, analysis, history, and music literacy. Students will expand previous concepts in composition, notation, harmony, theory and improvisatory. This performance-based course provides students with the opportunities to solo and work within a large group and/or smaller jazz combos. The class prepares for a major trip to festivals and adjudications every second year.


COMPOSITION AND PRODUCTION 11/12
Composition and Production provides students with the opportunity to compose, edit, record, and manipulate musical forms. Students will also explore the relationship between current technology and music, investigate career options in the music industry and study the role of music in society. This course offers musical technique and composition while allowing students to excel in creativity, independence and musical/ technological exploration.

    Students will explore the following Big Ideas:

  • Music composition and production provides an opportunity to represent our identity, context, and culture.
  • Composers and producers develop creative skill and proficiency through perseverance, resilience, and risk taking.
  • Composers capture and reflect aspects of time, place, and community through music.
    Music composition and production offers aesthetic experiences that can transform our perspective.

AP MUSIC THEORY
AP Music Theory is an introductory college-level music theory course. Students cultivate their
understanding of music theory through analyzing performed and notated music as they explore concepts like pitch, rhythm, form, and musical design.

    In this course, students will learn to:

  • Identify features of pitch, interval, scales and keys, chords, meter, rhythm, and other musical concepts in performed and notated music
  • Sing a notated melody on sight
  • Notate music that a student hears
  • Complete music based on cues, following common-practice style

 

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