At Bishop O’Byrne, we provide Music, Visual Arts, and Drama classes where students are encouraged to develop their social, intellectual, and artistic skills; as well as challenge their creativity to achieve artistic levels beyond their initial expectations. We nurture a safe learning environment based on respect for all learners and a desire to grow as artists.

Choir and Instrumental Band are performance-oriented courses. Students are given the opportunity to express themselves through many different types of music. They will continue to develop their music reading, playing, and/or singing skills. These courses will instill a lifelong appreciation of music. Students will participate in sectionals, workshops and public concerts.

In the Visual Art program, students are encouraged to develop their skills in drawing, sculpting, and painting. Students are asked to flex their creative muscles in everything they undertake, and assignments are given as challenges where students must use their higher level thinking skills to solve problems. There is an expectation in the Art room that students strive to achieve greatness, no matter the task. Student art works are proudly displayed throughout the school.

The Drama program is designed to acquire knowledge of self and others through participation in, and reflection on dramatic experience. We develop competency in communication through the exploration of various dramatic disciplines. This helps the student develop an appreciation of drama and theatre as a process and an art form. Students are also given opportunities to perform in public productions.

Art 10

3 or 5 credit

In this course students focus on problem solving and creative thinking through the use and exploration of varied mediums to develop skills in artistic expression. Students will learn and apply visual, analytical and critical skills to develop control and competency within drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, clay, and mixed media. Students are expected to maintain and respond critically to their projects using sketchbooks. All students will participate in the exhibition of their work at the end of term Students should be aware of the time commitment that must be made to complete work. This program introduces all students to the skills that can be refined and developed in the International Baccalaureate Program. Students who show particular aptitude for the International Baccalaureate Program will be identified by course instructor. Students do not need to have previous Art classes to register. A 5-credit course is the preferred prerequisite for students continuing on to Art 20. A score of over 85% is required to advance to Art 20 IB.

Art 10 Honours

5 credit

In this course students focus on problem solving and creative thinking through the use and exploration of varied mediums to develop (control and competency within drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, clay, and mixed media. They will develop an art vocabulary and participate in critical responses to art. All students will participate in the exhibition of their work). They will develop an art vocabulary and participate in critical responses to art. All students will participate in the exhibition of their work. The Art Honours Program is a three year program that begins in Grade 10. Students should be aware of the time commitment that must be made to complete the work. This program introduces students to the skills that will be refined and developed in the International Baccalaureate Program. Students must be prepared to bring in previous work or a portfolio for admission and discussion with the teacher. A minimum mark of 80% in art 9 is required. If Art 9 was not taken, an interview with the teacher must take place.

Art 20

5 credit

This intermediate level art course is a continuation of Art 10 (prerequisite). Students will continue to think and behave as artists and will further develop their problem solving and creative thinking skills. They will expand the use of head-to-hand skill, all techniques and further explore the use of mediums. Exploration of personal expression is emphasized along with self-evaluation and peer-evaluation techniques. All students will participate in the exhibition of their art work.

Art 20 IB

5 credit

This is the first course of a three semester program. This class is offered wherever there is an Art 20 class in the timetable to better accommodate student scheduling needs. The IB is a vigorous university level program. This IB course offers opportunities both for structured learning of basic values and Art principals, and wide range of personal creation of a more experimental nature. This highly rigorous course encourages students to experiment with a wide variety of different media, and themes in order to gain a strong working knowledge of Art. A large part of the course focuses on development and use of the Visual Arts Journal and creation of a student portfolio. Extra time, dedication and talent within the visual arts are required to successfully complete this course. A minimum score of over 85% in Art 10 and/or instructor approval is required to take Art 20 IB.

Art 30

5 credit

This advance level art course is a continuation of Art 20 (prerequisite). Students will continue to think and behave as artists. Problem solving and creative thinking will continue and be further developed through this course. Students will refine all their skills, techniques and use of mediums. Students will achieve and exhibit personal style and experiences within a collection of work they have completed. Students will continue to evaluate, criticize, and analyze their own work in relation to the works of their peers and professional artists. In order to participate in this course, it is recommended that students participate in Art 10 and Art 20 for 5 credits.

Art 30 IB

5 credit

Art 30 IB is the second course of a three semester program. This IB course continues to offer opportunities both for structured learning of basic values and Art principals, and wide range of personal creation of a more experimental nature. This highly rigorous course encourages students to experiment with a wide variety of different media, and themes in order to gain a strong working knowledge of Art Basics. A large part of the course focuses on development and use of the Visual Arts Journal and creation of a student portfolio. Extra time, dedication and talent within the visual arts are required to successfully complete this course.

Art 31 IB

5 credit

Art 31 IB is the final course of a three semester program. This IB course offers opportunities both for structured learning of basic values and Art principals, and wide range of personal creation of a more experimental nature. This course coincides with the completion of the IB final examination and exhibit in the spring. This highly rigorous course encourages students to experiment with a wide variety of different media, and themes in order to gain a strong working knowledge of Art. A large part of the course focuses on development and use of the Visual Arts Journal and creation of a student portfolio. Extra time, dedication and talent within the visual arts are required to successfully complete this course.

Drama 10

3 or 5 credit

The drama program is designed to acquire knowledge of self and others through participation in and reflection on dramatic experience. It will develop a competency in communication skill through participation and exploration of various dramatic disciplines. It will help the student to develop an appreciation of drama and theatre as a process and art form. In drama 10, the student will explore and develop the disciplines of movement, speech, improvisation and one or two components of technical theatre/design. All students are given opportunities to participate in public productions. Units are designed to be stimulating, challenging and fun. Students do not need grade 9 Drama to register.

Drama 20

5 credit

This course is a continuation of Drama 10 (pre-requisite). It will expand and further develop the disciplines of movement, acting, technical theatre/design and will introduce playwriting. All students are given opportunities to participate in public performances. Units are designed to be stimulating, challenging and fun. Prerequisite Drama 10.

Drama 30

5 credit

The course is a continuation of Drama 20 (prerequisite). Students will have an opportunity to apply their skills learned in Drama 10 and Drama 20 in scenes and short presentations. Students will also refine and develop new skills in movement, speech, improvisation, acting and directing. The Drama 30 course will culminate in a final project, which integrates many areas of study. All students are given opportunities to participate in public productions. Units are designed to be stimulating, challenging and fun. Prerequisite Drama 20.

Choral Music 10

5 credit

This is a performance-oriented course open to all students who are interested in learning to sing choral music. In this course, students will be exposed to many different styles of music and expand and develop their music reading skills, theoretical skills and singing skills with the intention that they develop a lifelong appreciation of music. Life skills such as teamwork and self-responsibility are emphasized. Students will be asked to memorize certain pieces for performances. Participation in rehearsals, workshops and concerts is a mandatory component of this course. Classes take place outside the schedule. Students do not need to have grade 9 music to register.

Instrumental Music 10

5 credit

This is a performance-oriented course so previous experience is expected but consideration will be given to beginners. In this course, students will be exposed to many different styles of music and expand and develop their music reading skills, theoretical skills and playing skills with the intention that they develop a lifelong appreciation of music. Life skills such as teamwork and self-responsibility are emphasized. Participation in rehearsals, workshops and concerts is a mandatory component of this course. Classes take place outside the schedule.

Choral Music 20

5 credit

This is a performance-oriented course. Students will continue to be exposed to many different types of music. They will continue to develop their music skills, theoretical skills and singing skills. This course will continue to develop a lifelong appreciation of music. Life skills such as teamwork and self-responsibility are emphasized. Students will also be asked to memorize certain pieces for performances. Participation in rehearsals, workshops and concerts is a mandatory component of this course. Classes take place outside the schedule. Prerequisite Choral Music 10.

Instrumental Music 20

5 credit

This is a performance-oriented course. The students will continue to be exposed to many different types of music. They will continue to develop their music reading skills, theoretical skills and playing skills. This course will continue to develop a lifelong appreciation of music. Life skills such as teamwork and self-responsibility are emphasized. Students will also be asked to memorize certain pieces for performances. Participation in rehearsals, workshops and concerts is a mandatory component of this course. Classes take place outside the schedule. Pre-requisite: Choral Music 10

Choral Music 30

5 credit

This is a performance-oriented course. The students will continue to be exposed to many different types of music. They will continue to develop their music reading skills, theoretical skills and singing skills. This course will open the door to a lifelong enjoyment and appreciation of music. Life skills such as teamwork and self-responsibility are emphasized. Students will also be asked to memorize certain pieces for performances. Participation in rehearsals, workshops and concerts is a mandatory component of this course. Classes take place outside the schedule. Prerequisite Choral Music 20.

Instrumental Music 30

5 credit

This is a performance-oriented course. The students will continue to be exposed to many different types of music. They will continue to develop their music reading skills, theoretical skills and playing skills. This course will offer advanced instrumental techniques and will open the door to a lifelong enjoyment and appreciation of music. Life skills such as teamwork and self-responsibility are emphasized. Participation in rehearsals, workshops and concerts is a mandatory component of this course. Classes take place outside the schedule.

Musical Theatre 15

Students are introduced to basic principles of acting and singing necessary for the development and production of a full main stage musical show. Part of the required 75 hours, students are expected to work a minimum 10-15 hours in production development (i.e.: assisting technicians with painting, set construction, lighting and sound set-up, etc.) in order to receive course credit. This course is offered only if a musical production will be taking place during the school year. Students are selected by audition/interview. No prerequisite required. This course does not appear on the registration sheet.

Fine Arts

At Bishop O’Byrne, we provide Music, Visual Arts, and Drama classes where students are encouraged to develop their social, intellectual, and artistic skills; as well as challenge their creativity to achieve artistic levels beyond their initial expectations. We nurture a safe learning environment based on respect for all learners and a desire to grow as artists.

Choir and Instrumental Band are performance-oriented courses. Students are given the opportunity to express themselves through many different types of music. They will continue to develop their music reading, playing, and/or singing skills. These courses will instill a lifelong appreciation of music. Students will participate in sectionals, workshops and public concerts.

In the Visual Art program, students are encouraged to develop their skills in drawing, sculpting, and painting. Students are asked to flex their creative muscles in everything they undertake, and assignments are given as challenges where students must use their higher level thinking skills to solve problems. There is an expectation in the Art room that students strive to achieve greatness, no matter the task. Student art works are proudly displayed throughout the school.

The Drama program is designed to acquire knowledge of self and others through participation in, and reflection on dramatic experience. We develop competency in communication through the exploration of various dramatic disciplines. This helps the student develop an appreciation of drama and theatre as a process and an art form. Students are also given opportunities to perform in public productions.

Art 10

3 or 5 credit

In this course students focus on problem solving and creative thinking through the use and exploration of varied mediums to develop skills in artistic expression. Students will learn and apply visual, analytical and critical skills to develop control and competency within drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, clay, and mixed media. Students are expected to maintain and respond critically to their projects using sketchbooks. All students will participate in the exhibition of their work at the end of term Students should be aware of the time commitment that must be made to complete work. This program introduces all students to the skills that can be refined and developed in the International Baccalaureate Program. Students who show particular aptitude for the International Baccalaureate Program will be identified by course instructor. Students do not need to have previous Art classes to register. A 5-credit course is the preferred prerequisite for students continuing on to Art 20. A score of over 85% is required to advance to Art 20 IB.

Art 10 Honours

5 credit

In this course students focus on problem solving and creative thinking through the use and exploration of varied mediums to develop (control and competency within drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, clay, and mixed media. They will develop an art vocabulary and participate in critical responses to art. All students will participate in the exhibition of their work). They will develop an art vocabulary and participate in critical responses to art. All students will participate in the exhibition of their work. The Art Honours Program is a three year program that begins in Grade 10. Students should be aware of the time commitment that must be made to complete the work. This program introduces students to the skills that will be refined and developed in the International Baccalaureate Program. Students must be prepared to bring in previous work or a portfolio for admission and discussion with the teacher. A minimum mark of 80% in art 9 is required. If Art 9 was not taken, an interview with the teacher must take place.

Art 20

5 credit

This intermediate level art course is a continuation of Art 10 (prerequisite). Students will continue to think and behave as artists and will further develop their problem solving and creative thinking skills. They will expand the use of head-to-hand skill, all techniques and further explore the use of mediums. Exploration of personal expression is emphasized along with self-evaluation and peer-evaluation techniques. All students will participate in the exhibition of their art work.

Art 20 IB

5 credit

This is the first course of a three semester program. This class is offered wherever there is an Art 20 class in the timetable to better accommodate student scheduling needs. The IB is a vigorous university level program. This IB course offers opportunities both for structured learning of basic values and Art principals, and wide range of personal creation of a more experimental nature. This highly rigorous course encourages students to experiment with a wide variety of different media, and themes in order to gain a strong working knowledge of Art. A large part of the course focuses on development and use of the Visual Arts Journal and creation of a student portfolio. Extra time, dedication and talent within the visual arts are required to successfully complete this course. A minimum score of over 85% in Art 10 and/or instructor approval is required to take Art 20 IB.

Art 30

5 credit

This advance level art course is a continuation of Art 20 (prerequisite). Students will continue to think and behave as artists. Problem solving and creative thinking will continue and be further developed through this course. Students will refine all their skills, techniques and use of mediums. Students will achieve and exhibit personal style and experiences within a collection of work they have completed. Students will continue to evaluate, criticize, and analyze their own work in relation to the works of their peers and professional artists. In order to participate in this course, it is recommended that students participate in Art 10 and Art 20 for 5 credits.

Art 30 IB

5 credit

Art 30 IB is the second course of a three semester program. This IB course continues to offer opportunities both for structured learning of basic values and Art principals, and wide range of personal creation of a more experimental nature. This highly rigorous course encourages students to experiment with a wide variety of different media, and themes in order to gain a strong working knowledge of Art Basics. A large part of the course focuses on development and use of the Visual Arts Journal and creation of a student portfolio. Extra time, dedication and talent within the visual arts are required to successfully complete this course.

Art 31 IB

5 credit

Art 31 IB is the final course of a three semester program. This IB course offers opportunities both for structured learning of basic values and Art principals, and wide range of personal creation of a more experimental nature. This course coincides with the completion of the IB final examination and exhibit in the spring. This highly rigorous course encourages students to experiment with a wide variety of different media, and themes in order to gain a strong working knowledge of Art. A large part of the course focuses on development and use of the Visual Arts Journal and creation of a student portfolio. Extra time, dedication and talent within the visual arts are required to successfully complete this course.

Drama 10

3 or 5 credit

The drama program is designed to acquire knowledge of self and others through participation in and reflection on dramatic experience. It will develop a competency in communication skill through participation and exploration of various dramatic disciplines. It will help the student to develop an appreciation of drama and theatre as a process and art form. In drama 10, the student will explore and develop the disciplines of movement, speech, improvisation and one or two components of technical theatre/design. All students are given opportunities to participate in public productions. Units are designed to be stimulating, challenging and fun. Students do not need grade 9 Drama to register.

Drama 20

5 credit

This course is a continuation of Drama 10 (pre-requisite). It will expand and further develop the disciplines of movement, acting, technical theatre/design and will introduce playwriting. All students are given opportunities to participate in public performances. Units are designed to be stimulating, challenging and fun. Prerequisite Drama 10.

Drama 30

5 credit

The course is a continuation of Drama 20 (prerequisite). Students will have an opportunity to apply their skills learned in Drama 10 and Drama 20 in scenes and short presentations. Students will also refine and develop new skills in movement, speech, improvisation, acting and directing. The Drama 30 course will culminate in a final project, which integrates many areas of study. All students are given opportunities to participate in public productions. Units are designed to be stimulating, challenging and fun. Prerequisite Drama 20.

Choral Music 10

5 credit

This is a performance-oriented course open to all students who are interested in learning to sing choral music. In this course, students will be exposed to many different styles of music and expand and develop their music reading skills, theoretical skills and singing skills with the intention that they develop a lifelong appreciation of music. Life skills such as teamwork and self-responsibility are emphasized. Students will be asked to memorize certain pieces for performances. Participation in rehearsals, workshops and concerts is a mandatory component of this course. Classes take place outside the schedule. Students do not need to have grade 9 music to register.

Instrumental Music 10

5 credit

This is a performance-oriented course so previous experience is expected but consideration will be given to beginners. In this course, students will be exposed to many different styles of music and expand and develop their music reading skills, theoretical skills and playing skills with the intention that they develop a lifelong appreciation of music. Life skills such as teamwork and self-responsibility are emphasized. Participation in rehearsals, workshops and concerts is a mandatory component of this course. Classes take place outside the schedule.

Choral Music 20

5 credit

This is a performance-oriented course. Students will continue to be exposed to many different types of music. They will continue to develop their music skills, theoretical skills and singing skills. This course will continue to develop a lifelong appreciation of music. Life skills such as teamwork and self-responsibility are emphasized. Students will also be asked to memorize certain pieces for performances. Participation in rehearsals, workshops and concerts is a mandatory component of this course. Classes take place outside the schedule. Prerequisite Choral Music 10.

Instrumental Music 20

5 credit

This is a performance-oriented course. The students will continue to be exposed to many different types of music. They will continue to develop their music reading skills, theoretical skills and playing skills. This course will continue to develop a lifelong appreciation of music. Life skills such as teamwork and self-responsibility are emphasized. Students will also be asked to memorize certain pieces for performances. Participation in rehearsals, workshops and concerts is a mandatory component of this course. Classes take place outside the schedule. Pre-requisite: Choral Music 10

Choral Music 30

5 credit

This is a performance-oriented course. The students will continue to be exposed to many different types of music. They will continue to develop their music reading skills, theoretical skills and singing skills. This course will open the door to a lifelong enjoyment and appreciation of music. Life skills such as teamwork and self-responsibility are emphasized. Students will also be asked to memorize certain pieces for performances. Participation in rehearsals, workshops and concerts is a mandatory component of this course. Classes take place outside the schedule. Prerequisite Choral Music 20.

Instrumental Music 30

5 credit

This is a performance-oriented course. The students will continue to be exposed to many different types of music. They will continue to develop their music reading skills, theoretical skills and playing skills. This course will offer advanced instrumental techniques and will open the door to a lifelong enjoyment and appreciation of music. Life skills such as teamwork and self-responsibility are emphasized. Participation in rehearsals, workshops and concerts is a mandatory component of this course. Classes take place outside the schedule.

Musical Theatre 15

Students are introduced to basic principles of acting and singing necessary for the development and production of a full main stage musical show. Part of the required 75 hours, students are expected to work a minimum 10-15 hours in production development (i.e.: assisting technicians with painting, set construction, lighting and sound set-up, etc.) in order to receive course credit. This course is offered only if a musical production will be taking place during the school year. Students are selected by audition/interview. No prerequisite required. This course does not appear on the registration sheet.