Fine Arts at Brookswood Secondary!
The Fine Arts Department at Brookswood Secondary offers full year elective courses in the following areas:
- Art: Drawing and Painting, Pottery, Printmaking
- Music: Concert Band, Jazz Band, Guitar
- Drama: Theatre, Drama, Stagecraft, Directing and Scriptwriting
- Film and Television
Courses we offer:
Students are expected to have their own supplies for every class. A list will be provided in September.
Art Foundations 9 (AF 9)
The intent of this course is to provide a foundation for basic understanding of Art. Students will learn to produce and respond to works of art in many of the different art media from drawing, painting, graphics, ceramics, sculpture and textiles. The assignments are geared towards the Grade 9 students and will enhance various areas of the Grade 9 curriculum in other subjects. Students are expected to keep a portfolio of their work and submit a sketchbook of assignments worked on outside of class.
Visual Arts 10 General (VAG 10)
This course is designed for more advanced study in art. The student should have some previous art experience. There is an emphasis on the development of the individual’s artistic abilities. More self-direction is allowed and the student is encouraged to develop his or her own sources of inspiration for design, imagery, and research skills, in media or techniques chose in four of the five visual expressions. Students are expected to keep a portfolio of their work and submit a sketchbook of assignments worked on outside the class.
Visual Arts 10 –Ceramics & Sculpture (VAC 10)
This course deals with images modeled, carved, cast or assembled. It is an introduction to the materials, tools, equipment and processes of three dimensional media.
Art Foundations 11 (AF 11)
Students will be introduced to a variety of media and techniques. Skills will be developed in: drawing—pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, and pastel; painting; printmaking; design—lettering, poster design; and sculpture—ceramic, paper.
Studio Art 11 –Ceramics & Sculpture (SACS 11)
This course deals with images modeled, carved, cast, or assembled at an intermediate level. This material may be taught as a specialty or in combination with one or more of the other visual expression areas. Students are expected to become familiar with the materials, tools, equipment and processes used in modeling, decorating, and firing clay and related modeling media
Art Foundations 12 (AF 12)
Art 12 is designed for students who wish to continue general art studies at an advanced level. Students must work in several media and methods. A sketch book is required.
Emphasis will be on an individual approach to expression areas. Assignments will be given on a class basis. Art history and criticism will form an integral part of the course. Gallery visits and reports back to class are also a requirement.
Studio Art 12 –Ceramics & Sculpture (SACS 12)
This is the advanced level of the ceramics and sculpture course. Students will be expected to work at a more independent and advanced level, and emphasis will be on a more individual approach to expression areas.
Studio Art 12 – Drawing & Painting (SADP 12)
This course is designed for students wishing to focus their studies on either or both of drawing and/or painting. Emphasis will be on an individual approach to expression areas.
AP Studio Art (General) 12 (AP2DP 12)
This course is designed for the serious art student who wishes to pursue a post-secondary career in art. Besides assembling a portfolio of presentation pieces in a variety of expression areas and media, students will be expected to investigate avenues available to continue in their chose area. Students will be encouraged to report and discuss findings with other students interested in a future in Art.
Intermediate Concert Band 9 (IMCB 9) and Concert Band 8
Objectives of the course are the same as Junior Concert Band 8 but to a higher degree of difficulty. More emphasis is placed on furthering the knowledge of reading music, scales, rhythm, instrumental technique and music history. Participation in field trips, concerts and festivals is a course requirement.
Students may be invited to participate in a spring music trip.
Senior Concert Band 10-12 (IMCB 9)
Prerequisite: Concert Band 9, or audition and director’s permission
Objectives of the course are the same as Intermediate Concert Band 9 but to a higher degree of difficulty. Continued emphasis is placed on furthering the knowledge of reading music, scales, rhythm, instrumental technique and music history. Participation in field trips, concerts and festivals is a course requirement. Students may be invited to participate in a spring music trip.
Junior Jazz Band 8/9 (IMJB 8/9)
Co-requisite: Junior Concert Band 8 or Intermediate Concert Band 9
Instrumentation for the class is limited to E-flat alto sax, E-flat baritone sax, B-flat trumpet, trombone, percussion, electric/acoustic bass, electric guitar, piano, percussion and drums. If you are not playing one of these instruments but would still like to play in the jazz band, please see the director. The course will emphasize knowledge of the various forms and periods of the jazz idiom. Students will become aware of the importance of jazz music to music history in general. Students will be able to perform the idiosyncrasies of jazz music, explore the fundamentals of improvisation and the specialized techniques required in this idiom; understand the theory of jazz, blues and hybrid styles; perform jazz big band and stage band repertoire, as well as combo arrangements. Attendance at before and after school rehearsals and participation in field trips, concerts and festivals are part of course requirements.
Senior Jazz Band 10-12 (JB 10-12)
Prerequisite: audition and director’s permission. Co-requisite: Senior Concert Band 10-12
Objectives of the course are the same as Junior Jazz Band but to a higher degree of difficulty. Continued emphasis is placed on the performance and preparation of jazz music and improvisation. Attendance at before and after school rehearsals and participation in field trips, concerts and festivals are part of course requirements.
Music Composition and Technology 11/12 (MCT 11/12)
This course will focus on developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes students need to compose music using traditional and contemporary technologies. The student will become acquainted with the design of music theory and rudiments; understand form and structure; arrange and compose short musical compositions for various instruments; conducting and rehearsal techniques; recording and mixing their own compositions. Students will understand the basic forms and compositional techniques used throughout history, up to and including the present, and will incorporate them into their own compositions. All composition assignments will use the professional level music notation program Sibelius 5. This program also incorporates the use of video so composters can write
their own soundtrack to a film.
Guitar 10 (MGR 10)
Guitar 10 is an entry-level course for players with little or no experience on the instrument. You will learn the fundamentals of playing technique, including good posture, correct placement of the freeboard hand, and flatpicking, strumming and finger style playing in the other hand. We will examine the basic elements of music theory, including note reading, melody, harmony and rhythm. This course will help you improve as a player and will lead you to think about the music you play and hear in a brand new way.
Guitar 11 (MGR 11)
In Guitar 11 we continue to build on the fundamentals of guitar playing and music theory. Students will develop ensemble-playing skills throughout the year, and will perform in duets and trios. You will learn the chords and other harmonies necessary to accompany soloists and singers. Students will be encouraged to apply their theory knowledge and playing skills to pieces of their own selection. The basics of arranging written music to performance situations will also be examined. At the end of this year, students should be able to jam with friends, play in a band, and even perform live for audiences.
Guitar 12 (MGR 12)
This course is the final phase of the three-year Guitar program. Students will continue to develop their theoretical knowledge and technical skills on the guitar, but will also be encouraged to apply them in creative situations. Some students will apply their musical tools to songwriting and composition. Everyone will build on their ensemble skills, both arranging and performing. In addition to rock and pop music, we will explore a broad range of styles including jazz, blues, R&B, and others depending on student interest. Guitar 12 provides an excellent opportunity for the aspiring performer to prepare for future playing situations in the world of music.
Drama 9 (DR 9)
Areas of study include mime, improvisation, movement, stage combat, vocal exploration, role play and some theatre skills.
Drama 10 (DRG 10)
Areas of study include elements of creative drama, theatre skills, script and character analysis, scene work, vocal exploration, and movement. Students electing to take Drama 10 should be prepared to perform in front of an audience.
Theatre Performance 11 –Acting (TPA 11)
Areas of study include characterization, advanced improvisation, script work (monologues and scenes), theatre for young audiences, advanced vocal exploration and movement. This is a performance class where students are expected to share their work in front of various audiences. Much of the work in this class is in partners or small groups, only self-motivated and disciplined students should enroll. All senior theatre students are expected to attend live theatre outside of school time at their own cost.
Theatre Production 11 – Technical Theatre (TPR 11)
This is an introductory hands-on course in backstage theatre. Areas of study include theatre history, set, lighting, sound and costume design ,construction of properties, scenic painting, and stage management. A large portion of class work is related to current productions in the Theatre Department. A minimum of 55 extra-curricular hours as crew members involved in Brookswood’s productions is mandatory. All senior theatre students are expected to attend live theatre outside of school time at their own cost.
Theatre Performance 12 –Acting (TPA 12)
This is an advanced performance class where students are expected to share their work in front of various audiences. Areas of study include intensive script and character work, movement, vocal exploration, and other skills developed through theatre performance. All senior theatre students are expected to attend live theatre outside of school time at their own cost.
Theatre Production 12 – Technical Theatre (TPRT 12)
This is an advanced course in stagecraft in which the student will continue to develop skills in lighting, sound, design, scenic painting, costume, make-up and props. Work on pre-production, production and post-production, as well as technology applications (special effects, pyrotechnics) form the basis for this course.
Theatre Production 12 – Theatre Management (TPRM 12)
This is an advanced course in theatre production focusing on management. Areas of study include house management, facility management, event organizing, as well as design work for the Theatre Department’s productions. A minimum of 55 extra-curricular hours as crew members involved in Brookswood’s productions is mandatory. All senior theatre students are expected to attend live theatre outside of school time at their own cost.
Theatre Production 12 – Directing and Script Development (TPDS 12)
The first half of the year is spend in learning the elements of writing for the stage and then writing a one act play suitable for production in the Brookswood Theatre. The second half of the year is spent learning the directing process and actively involved in directing one’s own play and organizing the entire Showcase system. All senior theatre students are expected to attend live theatre outside of school time at their own cost. This course requires students to commit many extracurricular hours to the work.
If you are highly self-motivated, self-disciplined, and interested in writing and directing for the theatre, this is the course for you!
Photography 11 (BAA Course)(YPHOT 11)
This entry-level course offers an introduction to the photographic world. Here you will learn the basics of photography including camera settings, composition, lighting, and photo editing. This is a great place to start you down the path to a rewarding career or a life long hobby. Content includes portraiture, landscapes, and fine art photography. Students use software such as Photoshop CS5, Aperture 3, and iPhoto. Outside speakers, professional software, and photographic field trips make this course interesting and relevant for all levels.
Requirements: Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera (DSLR) is the PREFERRED 1st choice.
Point and Shoot Cameras – 2ndChoice. Smart phone cameras such as the iPhone are not acceptable.
This exciting course builds upon the basics learned in Photography 11 and takes it to a whole new level. We will explore advanced photo techniques such as Shooting and Editing Raw Images (professional standard image quality), HDR (High Dynamic Range), studio lighting, and colour theory. We will again work on postproduction skills in Photoshop CS5 whilst students continue to develop their artistic abilities. Photographic field trips, gallery shows, and outside speakers will make this course interesting and relevant for all levels. Students who wish to pursue Post Secondary opportunities will have, by the end of this course, produced a portfolio suitable for presenting to institutions.
Film & Television Production
Video Production 10 (YVP 10)
Course Fee $30.00
Video Production 9/10 offers grades 9 and 10 students an exciting introductory course into the world of video production in the school’s own television studio. The course covers such topics as basic camera work, basic editing, scripting and in-camera animation. The film/media component involves watching 5 films from different genres including horror, musical, science-fiction, western and film noir. The course will require students to work on group projects in class as well as outside of class.
Much of the evaluation will be practical and ongoing throughout the year. It is expected that students who enroll in Video Production 10 are able to act in responsible ways particularly when working with expensive equipment. Video Production 9/10 is a recommended route to Film & Television Production 11.
Film & Television Production 11 (DFT 11)
Course Fee $30.00
This course provides an exciting and motivating introduction into the world of television production which takes place in our own television studio! Many areas of production will be covered – camera operations, storyboarding/scripting, editing, audio, lighting, acting, interviewing, directing, historical and ethical issues and safety procedures. There is a film and media studies component that involves watching films from North America and around the world. It is the hope of the instructor to expand the film-viewing scope of the students. Much of the evaluation will be practical and ongoing throughout the year. There will be some written quizzes and taping assignments as well as thirty hours of volunteer work in the community with Shaw TV. It is expected that students who enroll in Television Production 11 are able to act in responsible ways particularly when working with expensive equipment. As well, students who enroll should be able to work in group settings as this is much of the class works.
Film & Television Production 12 (DFT 12)
Course Fee $30.00
This course provides opportunities for students who already have many skills in this area to create, direct, and act in their own films and videos, work on screenplays produced in the studio by FTV12 Advanced students, assist in the running of the television studio, learn the skills required in production management, and assist in training Television Production 11 students on equipment in the television studio. Thirty hours of work experience with Shaw TV and other industry placements will be required to pass the course. Television Production Career Preparation students will be given first priority when enrolling.
Film & Television 12 Advanced (YFTVA 12)
Course Fee $30.00
This course provides opportunities for students who already have many skills in this area to further their education in film and video work. The areas of work include directing, screenwriting, film editing, foley production, on location film-style shooting and film analysis. Students will be expected to write and produce one screenplay. Thirty hours of work experience will be required to pass the course.
Television Technical Assistant 12 (YTVTA 12)
This course provides advanced Television Production 12 students with the opportunity to assist in running and maintaining the school’s television studio. The students will learn such skills as maintaining on location and studio equipment, scheduling, supervising and training first-year students, equipment inventory taking and advanced editing using special effects generators.
Students will be expected to teach and assist junior film students in all areas of film and video production. Students will be expected to produce videos upon request within restricted time lines. Students who apply must have demonstrated self initiative in Television 11 and be committed to the program.
Computers in Television 12 (YCFTV 12)
Students who wish to enroll in Computers in Television 12 must have completed Television Production 11 and be enrolled in Television Production 12 and/or Film and Television 12 Advanced. The course will teach the students how to edit using a computerized non-linear system. The systems the students will learn on are commonly used in the film and television industry. As well, the computer will be used for animation techniques and graphics for television. Programs used include Advanced Final Cut Pro, Avid, Garageband, Motion, Livetype, Soundtrack, DV Studio Pro, and Flash. The students will be expected to take footage from projects shot in Television 12 and
edit them using a non linear approach.
Film & Television Production Career Preparation Program
The Film & Television Production Career Preparation Program provides students with the opportunity to acquire practical skills, knowledge and experience required for success in careers related to television and film production. Students will work in our own fully functioning television studio as well as complete work experience placements in the industry. In addition, Career Preparation students will work with Shaw Cable bringing council meetings to Langley residents.
• Drama: Film & Television 11 (DFT 11)
• Drama: Film & Television 12 (DFT 12)
• two of: Digital Media Development 11, Photography 11, Theatre Production 11, Television Technical
Assistant 12, Computers in Television 12, Television Technical Assistant 12
• one of: Technical Theatre 12, Computers in Television 12, television Technical Assistant 12, Film &
Television Advanced 12, Acting 12
• Work Experience 12A