Fine Arts


Students are encouraged to select courses that help them express themselves creatively while developing significant skill in one or more fine arts areas to satisfy the requirements for graduation and post-secondary admission.

Art Studio 9

Art Studio 9 is an entry level course to develop students’ understanding and appreciation for art. Emphasis will be on development of techniques, skill and fundamentals of art using a variety of media. Students must be willing to experiment on a broad range of Art making processes as they create.

Art Studio 10

Art Studio 10 is an entry level course that will challenge students’ artistic ability. Students will experiment with a wide variety of processes and techniques and use various media to create art. Students are expected to be highly motivated toward art. The intent is to develop students’ artistic talent and interest so they are able to practice art making on a personal basis with reasonable proficiency and begin to develop a portfolio.

Art Studio 11 & 12

Art Studio 11 and 12 builds on fundamentals developed in prior art courses and increases the knowledge and skills of students. Students will experiment with a wide variety of techniques and media in the art making process to expand their repertoire and ability in art. Students are expected to be highly motivated as they work independently to develop their personal art portfolio.

Recommendation: Art Studio 9 or 10

Photography 10, 11 & 12

Photography includes the following areas of study: the camera, the lens, and creation of photographic imagery. Students will work with digital cameras to produce various styles of photography, as well as with Photoshop to edit those works. This course will provide students with opportunities to present photographs in an artistic format. A digital camera with manual capability desirable, otherwise camera equipment is available.

Visual Arts: Media Arts 10, 11 & 12

Have you ever wondered how video game designers created the characters and backgrounds that are used when you are playing the games? Have you ever wanted to create professional print media layouts for magazines, billboards and the Internet? In Media Arts courses students learn to use Blender, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and much more. These programs are used to produce 2D and 3D content for the video gaming, advertising and entertainment industry. By the end of the course you will have created a digital portfolio to display your work.

These fun and engaging courses open the doors to the world of digital design communications.

Students who have taken these classes produce high quality – professional style content. This is the place for the designer in you! Join and let your creativity and confidence grow, improve your computer skills, and create work that you can be proud to share with your friends and family.


Drama 10, 11 & 12

Drama 10-12 gives students the opportunity to demonstrate trust, cooperation, concentration and movement awareness. Students will study the art of acting and characterization. Emphasis is placed on exercises and games that develop voice, emotion, physical manipulation and scene work. This fun course offers a lot of opportunities to interact with others as well as time for self-reflection.


Instrumental Music 10, 11 & 12 – Acoustic Guitar

This is a multi-grade, mixed ability course for students at all levels of experience. Beginner students will be given direct instruction on how to play popular songs and other types of music on acoustic guitar. A variety of techniques will be taught including strumming, finger style and other skills such as reading tab, basic notation and music theory.  Students with a greater degree of experience will work on solo/group performance projects on acoustic guitar; in addition to song writing and music theory.  This course has something for everyone!

Band 9-12

The main emphasis will be on improving technical skills and musical understanding. Music to be performed will be chosen from all styles and will be from the advanced category. Students will be directed into a team effort as well as being responsible for their own individual progress. Attendance at all rehearsals and performances is mandatory. Students will be expected to keep up their studies to enable them to tour with the Band class.

Recording Arts 11 & 12

This course explores the art of sound. We’ll focus primarily on studio recording, using Propellerhead’s digital audio workstation called “Reason” to capture live performances as well as to sculpt songs from scratch. Much of this course is self-directed, allowing students to explore many varying avenues of the music industry. Learning outcomes will be made clear for each unit of study. It is highly beneficial (but not mandatory) for students to have intermediate level ability with an instrument or with vocal performance. It is recommended that students without this experience first enroll in Guitar or seek instrumental lessons elsewhere. Students will rehearse and perform live for small peer audiences.