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Welcome to the Fine Arts department at Sir Robert Borden High School. The teachers in this department are committed to providing an array of "Hands On" and relevant courses for students to take and enrich their lives.

The courses described below prepare students for a wide range of challenging careers, not only for careers in the arts. Students who aspire to be writers, actors,musicians, dancers, painters, or animators, for example, are not the only ones who can benefit from study of the arts. In arts courses, students develop their ability to reason and to think critically as well as creatively. They develop their communication and collaborative skills, as well as skills in using different forms of technology. Through studying various works of art, they deepen their appreciation of diverse perspectives and develop the ability to approach others with openness and flexibility. They also learn to approach issues and present ideas in new ways, to teach and persuade, to entertain, and to make designs with attention to aesthetic considerations.

Programs Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Drama ADA1O ADA2O ADA3M ADA4M

ADA1O (Dramatic Arts, Grade 9, Open):
This course provides opportunities for students to explore dramatic forms and techniques, using material from a wide range of sources and cultures. Students will use the elements of drama to examine situations and issues that are relevant to their lives. Students will create, perform, discuss, and analyse drama, and then reflect on the experiences to develop an understanding of themselves, the art form, and the world around them.

ADA2O (Dramatic Arts, Grade 10, Open): This course provides opportunities for students to explore dramatic forms, conventions, and techniques. Students will explore a variety of dramatic sources from various cultures and representing a range of genres. Students will use the elements of drama in creating and communicating through dramatic works. Students will assume responsibility for decisions made in the creative and collaborative processes and will reflect on their experiences.

ADA3M (Dramatic Arts, Grade 11, University/College): This course requires students to create and perform in dramatic presentations. Students will analyse, interpret, and perform dramatic works from various cultures and time periods. Students will research various acting styles and conventions that could be used in their presentations, and analyse the functions of playwrights, directors, actors, designers, technicians, and audiences.

ADA4M (Dramatic Arts, Grade 12, University/College): This course requires students to experiment individually and collaboratively with forms and conventions of both drama and theatre from various cultures and time periods. Students will interpret dramatic literature and other texts and media sources while learning about various theories of directing and acting. Students will examine the significance of dramatic arts in various cultures, and will analyse how the knowledge and skills developed in drama are related to their personal skills, social awareness, and goals beyond secondary school.

Programs Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Instrumental AMU1O AMU2O AMU3M AMU4M
Keyboard (piano) AMK1O  AMK2O  AMK3M  AMK4M
Band Repertoire (Full
year course - 1 Credit)
AMR1O AMR2O AMR3M AMR4M
Vocal AMV1O AMV2O  AMV3M AMV4M 

AMU1O (Music, Grade 9, Open):
This course emphasizes the creation and performance of music at a level consistent with previous experience and is aimed at developing technique, sensitivity, and imagination. Students will develop musical literacy skills by using the creative and critical analysis processes in composition, performance, and a range of reflective and analytical activities. Students will develop an understanding of the conventions and elements of music and of safe practices related to music, and will develop a variety of skills transferable to other areas of their life.

AMU2O (Music, Grade 10, Open): This course emphasizes the creation and performance of music at a level consistent with previous experience. Students will develop musical literacy skills by using the creative and critical analysis processes in composition, performance, and a range of reflective and analytical activities. Students will develop their understanding of musical conventions, practices, and terminology and apply the elements of music in a range of activities. They will also explore the function of music in society with reference to the self, communities, and cultures.

AMU3M (Music, Grade 11, University/College): This course provides students with opportunities to develop their musical literacy through the creation, appreciation, analysis, and performance of music, including traditional, commercial, and art music. Students will apply the creative process when performing appropriate technical exercises and repertoire and will employ the critical analysis processes when reflecting on, responding to, and analysing live and recorded performances. Students will consider the function of music in society and the impact of music on individuals and communities. They will explore how to apply skills developed in music to their life and careers.

AMU4M (Music, Grade 12, University/College): This course enables students to enhance their musical literacy through the creation, appreciation, analysis, and performance of music. Students will perform traditional, commercial, and art music, and will respond with insight to live and recorded performances. Students will enhance their understanding of the function of music in society and the impact of music on themselves and various communities and cultures. Students will analyse how to apply skills developed in music to their life and careers.

AMR1O (Music--Repertoire, Grade 9, Open): This course, often known as 'band,' takes place after and before school. Please see one of the music teachers for more information.

AMR2O (Music--Repertoire, Grade 10, Open): This course, often known as 'band,' takes place after and before school. Please see one of the music teachers for more information.

AMR3M (Music--Repertoire, Grade 11, University/College): This course, often known as 'band,' takes place after and before school. Please see one of the music teachers for more information.

AMR4M (Music--Repertoire, Grade 12, University/College): This course, often known as 'band,' takes place after and before school. Please see one of the music teachers for more information.

AMK1O (Music--Keyboard, Grade 9, Open): This is a music course dealing with keyboards. Please see one of the music teachers for more information.

AMK2O (Music--Keyboard, Grade 10, Open): This is a music course dealing with keyboards. Please see one of the music teachers for more information.

AMK3M (Music--Keyboard, Grade 11, University/College): This is a music course dealing with keyboards. Please see one of the music teachers for more information.

AMV1O/2O/3M/4M (Music - Vocal/Choral, Grade 9,10 Open,11,12 M Level): This course is designed to meet the needs of students entering high school with no or some formal vocal music instruction. The students in this course will advance their technique through selected method books and vocal ensemble repertoire. Students will expand their knowledge of music through various creative activities such as performing, listening, creating and written activities. Students will also be required to develop a thorough understanding of the language of music, including the elements, terminology and history. 
Throughout the duration of the course students will be involved in solo and group performance activities as well as various listening activities including, but not limited to, recordings, clinics with professional musicians, festival competitions, and attendance at live performances. Creative activities may include improvisation, composition, choreography, creating concert programs, stage design, video and audio recording. Written work may include concert reviews and a reflective journal. Attendance and participation are the key elements toward success in this program.
 
Programs
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11
Grade 12
Guitar
AMG1O
AMG2O
AMG3O
AMG4M
 
AMG1O (Guitar, Grade 9, Open): This course emphasizes the creation and performance of music at a level consistent with previous experience. Students will develop musical literacy skills by using the creative and critical analysis processes in composition, performance, and a range of reflective and analytical activities. Students will develop their understanding of musical conventions, practices, and terminology and apply the elements of music in a range of activities. They will also explore the function of music in society with reference to the self, communities, and cultures.
AMG2O (Guitar, Grade 10, Open): This course emphasizes the creation and performance of music at a level consistent with previous experience. Students will develop musical literacy skills by using the creative and critical analysis processes in composition, performance, and a range of reflective and analytical activities. Students will develop their understanding of musical conventions, practices, and terminology and apply the elements of music in a range of activities. They will also explore the function of music in society with reference to the self, communities, and cultures.
AMG3O (Guitar, Grade 11, Open): This course develops students’ musical literacy through performance and the preparation and presentation of music productions. Students will perform works at a level consistent with previous experience. Independently and collaboratively, students will use current technology and the creative and critical analysis processes to plan, produce, present, and market musical productions. Students will respond to, reflect on, and analyse music from various genres and periods, and they will develop skills transferable to other aspects of their life and their careers.
AMG4M (Guitar, Grade 12, University/College): This course enables students to enhance their musical literacy through the creation, appreciation, analysis, and performance of music. Students will perform traditional, commercial, and art music, and will respond with insight to live and recorded performances. Students will enhance their understanding of the function of music in society and the impact of music on themselves and various communities and cultures. Students will analyse how to apply skills developed in music to their life and careers.
 
Programs Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Visual Arts AVI1O AVI2O AVI3M AVI4M
Digital Photography      AWQ3M  AWQ4M

AVI1O (Visual Arts, Grade 9, Open):
This course is exploratory in nature, offering 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 by using a range of media, processes, techniques, and styles. Students will use the creative and critical analysis processes and will interpret art within a personal, contemporary, and historical context.

AVI2O (Visual Arts, Grade 10, Open): 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.

AVI3M (Visual Arts, Grade 11, University/College): This course enables students to further develop their knowledge and skills in visual arts. Students will use the creative process to explore a wide range of themes through studio work that may include drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking, as well as the creation of collage, multimedia works, and works using emerging technologies. Students will use the critical analysis process when evaluating their own work and the work of others. 

AVI4M (Visual Arts, Grade 12, University/College): This course focuses on enabling students to refine their use of the creative process when creating and presenting two- and three-dimensional art works using a variety of traditional and emerging media and technologies. Students will use the critical analysis process to deconstruct art works and explore connections between art and society. The studio program enables students to explore a range of materials, processes, and techniques that can be applied in their own art production. Students will also make connections between various works of art in personal, contemporary, historical, and cultural contexts.

AWQ3M (Visual Arts--Photography, Grade 11, University/College): This course enables students to develop their skills in photography. Students will use the creative process to explore the functions of digital cameras, study a wide range of subject matter, evaluate photographs providing grounds for aesthetic judgment and use manipulating “tools” to touch up or add creative elements to their art work. Students will examine historical and cultural photographs in context of Western art and art from various world cultures to support their study of the media. This course will align with the AVI3M curriculum expectations. YOU MUST PROVIDE YOUR OWN DIGITAL CAMERA.

AWQ4M (Visual Arts--Photography, Grade 12, University/College): This course enables students to refine their use of the creative process in photography. Students will use the critical analysis process to critic photographs and explore connections between art and society. The studio program enables students to explore a range of materials, processes, and lighting techniques that can be applied in their own art production. Students will also make connections between various works of art in personal, contemporary, historical, and cultural contexts. This course will align with the AVI4M curriculum expectations. YOU MUST PROVIDE YOUR OWN DIGITAL CAMERA.
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