Fine Arts

École Charlie Killam offers exceptional programming in the Fine Arts.  These include our award-winning Band program for students in grades 6, 7 and 8; a staged spring musical through our Drama Club; a creative and exploratory art program.  All of these Fine Arts options provide our students with opportunities to explore their interests and challenge themselves in new ways.

Art

Grade 7

The junior high art program focuses on three major components of visual learning;

  • Drawings - which include recording, investigating, communicating, evaluating and discussing aspects through making images (right brain focus activities). Introduction to value, scale, and perspective.
  • Compositions - which deal with the creation of images (color compositions, painting, sketching, clay work, designs, and computer artwork).  Introduction to basic color wheel and blending.
  • Instruction  -  in 3 Dimensional modeling
  • Encounters  -  which involve looking at images and observing the transformations through time and impact of such images (artwork, art type, history)

All students are encouraged to present completed projects in matted form for display purposes.  It is expected that students will advance their skills through a studio experience and will learn to work in a variety of different media.

The grade seven program establishes a foundation for further development in upcoming grades.  Although special abilities are not required to participate in and enjoy the art program, students must display an effort to advance their skills and enthusiasm in all projects undertaken.

 Grade 8

Projects will involve drawing and shading with pencil, charcoal and pastel. Students will have the opportunity to draw and paint a variety of still life pictures. They will create caricatures (cartoons of famous people) and realistic portraits. There will also be opportunity to work with watercolor and acrylic paint. Students will create miniature paintings of famous art work, study landscape art and artists, create landscape painting in acrylic, complete projects using clay, and build junk sculptures.

Drama

Grade 7

The junior high drama program focuses on five major components:  orientation skills, movement, improvisation, speech, and theatre studies.

In grade seven the emphasis is placed on building concentration, confidence and working co-operatively with others. Students work individually, in pairs and in groups.  Drama is expected to be a fun and productive environment that fosters respect and cooperation. 

Possible units for exploration include:

  • Orientation – introduction to basic skills, concepts and attitudes, theatre games and trust exercise.
  • Movement – mime unit, tableau unit
  • Speech – the exploration of speech to meet the demands of communication (reader's theatre, poetry, monologues, and puppetry)
  • Improvisation – spontaneous or planned

Grade 8

The junior high program focuses on five major components: orientation skills, movement, improvisation, speech, and theatre studies.

In grade eight emphasis is placed on building concentration, confidence and working cooperatively with others. Students work individually, in pairs, and in groups. Drama is expected to be a fun and productive environment that fosters respect and cooperation.

Possible units for exploration include:

  • Orientation/Refresher – introduction to basic skills, concepts and attitudes, theatre games, and trust exercises.
  • Speech – the exploration of speech to meet the demands of communication (reader's theatre, poetry, masks, and monologues)
  • Improvisation – spontaneous or planned
  • Theatre Studies – an appreciation to the historical and cultural art form.
  • Final Class Project

Music

ÉCKS Band at the Lougheed Performing Arts Centre / la fanfare au Lougheed Performing Arts Centre

Studies prove that music promotes self-esteem and self-expression. It leads to self-discipline, individual creativity, and excellent academic and social skills. In short, music makes you smarter! 

“WHERE WORDS FAIL, MUSIC SPEAKS”