Arts

Our Arts staff for 2017 are: Brent Morrison (Head of Faculty), Tanya Webb, Sophia Bidwell, Rachel Goldstein, Katie Graham, Kate Hamilton, Charlotte Saunders and Laurie Abbott.

  

      

Within Arts the following subjects are offered:

 

Year 9 Dance

This one term course offers students opportunities to explore a variety of genres, dance performances and choreographic processes. It is a taster for students who may not have had any previous dance experience. Units are designed to offer many different learning opportunities – some will be assessed – but mainly to move and have fun!

Year 10 Dance

This half-year course develops the skills necessary for creating choreography, performing in a group, viewing and interpreting dance and exploring a dance genre with a visiting dance tutor. This course is suitable for students who wish to finish at the end of the course or continue on to NCEA Level 1 Dance.

Level 1 Dance

Level 1 Dance is designed to expose students to a variety of genres, dance performances and choreographic processes. Students have the opportunity to gain a total of 20 credits through internal performance based assessments and an end-of-year external written exam. Dance is a lot of fun and very hands-on. It demands much creative thinking, physical endurance and time spent, both in and out of class, creating and rehearsing for performances.

Level 1 Dance involves:
1. Composing movements in pairs and groups to choreograph three original dance sequences, each focusing on different dance elements.
2. Learning and performing three dance sequences in a variety of dance genres (Jazz, African or Samoan and Hip Hop or Contemporary Dance).
3. Learning and performing a group dance on stage to demonstrate ensemble skills.
4. Sitting an external exam to show their understanding of a dance performance they have studied as a class.

Students will also have the opportunity of viewing a live performance and develop their ability to analyse and interpret a professional dance performance.

Level 2 Dance

Level 2 Dance continues to develop students’ ability as performers, as well as strengthen their ability to select and integrate appropriate dance elements and choreographic devices into performance. The year is achievement standard based, with a total of 20 credits on offer. 16 credits can be gained internally and four externally. Level 2 Dance makes a logical progression from Level 1 Dance, extending students dance skills and their ability to communicate an idea, mood, emotion or story through dance.

Level 2 Dance involves:
1. Choreographing a group dance to show an idea developed from a Maori, Pasifika or European Myth.
2. Choreographing a solo dance, showing an idea developed from a social issue related to youth culture today.
3. Performance of an Ethnic or Social Dance from a particular culture or era, eg. African, Flamenco or Charleston Dance.
4. Performance of a Theatre Dance in the Jazz genre for public entertainment.
5. Sitting an external exam, analysing and discussing a dance performance they have studied as a class.

Students will again enjoy the opportunity of viewing a live performance and continue to develop their ability to analyse and interpret a professional dance performance.

Level 3 Dance

Level 3 Dance explores dance performance and choreography in further depth, focusing on preparing them for a higher technical level of dance. The year is achievement standard based, with a total of 20 credits on offer. 16 credits can be gained internally and four externally. Level 3 Dance moves on to a more professional level of dance, extending students’ dance technique and expression, and their ability to create, teach and prepare dances, including design aspects, for public performance.

Level 3 Dance involves:
1. Preparing, choreographing, teaching and designing a group dance for public performance, showing a concept developed from a New Zealand short story or tale.
2. Performing a solo dance with a prop, or a duet showing a connection or relationship.
3. Performing a group dance based on a concept developed from a New Zealand short story or tale.
4. Sitting an external exam, analysing and evaluating a dance performance they have studied as a class.

Students will again enjoy the opportunity of viewing a live performance and continue to develop their ability to analyse and interpret a professional dance performance.

 

Year 9 Drama

There are THREE main focuses for this course:

  • You will learn games to increase your confidence, social skills and ability to think on the spot.
  • You will learn the techniques for creating a character through games and activities.
  • You will learn basic Drama theory and vocabulary.

Your performance piece will be devised in class time, but homework is to be expected for the theory aspects of the course.

It is important to remember that a willingness to participate and a positive attitude are the most important things to bring to Drama – previous experience is not required.

Drama is for fun, building confidence, being creative and seeing the world through Mr Morrison’s glasses!

Year 10 Drama

During this course you will be encouraged at all times to develop your essential skills in Drama, skills that are valuable in all areas of life.

This course aims to :

  • Give you a wide experience of the different aspects of Drama.
  • Develop your confidence in performance.
  • Introduce Drama elements, techniques and conventions, and give you the opportunity to use these.
  • Introduce you to the world of Drama, theatre and performance.
  • Develop your ability to express your ideas and to create through Drama.
  • Develop your ability to accept, build upon and be sensitive to the contributions of others in group situations.
  • Develop your Drama literacy.
  • Give you the opportunity to watch, appreciate and evaluate a variety of performance.

Level 1 Drama

Level 1 Drama is a lot of fun and very hands-on. It demands much creative thinking and plenty of time spent, both in and out of class, practising for performances.

The Level 1 Drama course looks at:
1. Working in pairs with a script using drama techniques.
2. The performance and study of Melodrama (Villains, Heroine/Hero, Goofy Sidekick).
3. Working in a small group with your friends, devising a play that you will perform to family and friends.
4. Trips away to study the Elements and Conventions of Theatre (for the external exams).

There will be at least two trips away to view live productions.
This course offers 21 NCEA Achievement Standards at Level 1.

Level 2 Drama

Level 2 Drama continues to develop students’ ability as performers, as well as strengthen their ability to select and integrate appropriate drama techniques, elements and conventions, into performance. The year is achievement standard based with a total of 22 credits on offer. 18 credits can be gained internally and four externally. Level 2 Drama makes a logical progression from Level 1, but has an increased focus on students’ ability to identify performance concepts and script-work.

The Level 2 Drama course looks at:
Interpreting an open script in pairs and applying drama techniques to show this in performance.
1. Devising a modernised performance of a fairy tale in small groups.
2. The study of the Elizabethan Theatre Form and performance of a Shakespearean comic or tragic scene.
3. Students will perform in the Level 2 class production (performance of a play) for an invited audience.
4. Students will sit an external exam based on the live performances they see throughout the year.

There will be a least two trips away to view a live production.

Level 3 Drama
Level 3 Drama explores the artistry of performance and theatre in greater depth. The course includes three large internal projects and one external exam, with a total of 18 credits on offer. The year involves solo, paired and group performances with an emphasis on developing students to a professional standard.

The Level 3 Drama course looks at:
1. Students performing a monologue, or in small groups an extract from a play.
2. Students will devise a performance piece in small groups.
3. Students will perform in the Level 3 class production, to an invited audience of family and friends.
4. Students sit an external exam based on the live performances they have seen throughout the year.

There will be a least two trips away to view live productions.

 

Our Visual Art programme offers all year levels the opportunity to explore an extensive range of techniques. At each year level the programme is created to ensure that at the end of the course the students are have the skills and are prepared for the following year.

Year 9 Art

Each core class does 10 weeks of art.

Year 10 Art

Students can select a full year or a half year option class.

Level 1 Visual Art

This course is about discovering and making art to form an individual programme. Students may explore combinations of art areas that could include design, painting, drawing, digital photography, photoshop, and three-dimensional work. It enables classroom, situation, and computer-based learning. Students are encouraged to be innovative, and explore art making which is relevant to their own interests. Students will follow a programme but essentially create their own focus.

This course enables students to go on with further study in any of the Visual Arts.

Level 2 Art Design

Level 2 Design extends and expands on skills learned in Level 1 Visual Art.

Art Design is about imagery that is all around us. It involves drawing and computer based learning, and leads to a career in the Art design industry. Art Design involves creating scenarios and developing image solutions. Graphic Design can be logos, posters, packaging, and more.

The programme for this course is devised by the student, in collaboration with the teacher, around a theme/subject. Students are encouraged to be innovative, and explore art making which is relevant to their own interests. Existing skills are developed and enhanced, by looking at contemporary and traditional artist role models. 

This is an exciting course that prepares students to go on with further Art study in design.

Level 3 Art Design

Level 3 Art Design extends and expands on skills learned in Level 2 Design.

Students are required to develop their own ideas and themes over the year in consultation with the teacher. Students must utilise and develop their own interests in their work. Students are encouraged to explore, research, and be influenced by established artist models, but create their own design style. Students learn further digital and hand rendered techniques. Opportunities arise each year for students to publicly exhibit their work and enter competitions.

This is an exciting course that prepares students to go on with further Art study in design.

Level 2 Painting

Level 2 Painting extends and expands on skills learned in Level 1 Visual Art.

Painting is about surface, risk-taking and possibilities.  It can pour from the canvas, or surprise you with colour and texture. Students are required to develop ideas and themes over the year in consultation with the teacher. These are based around the student’s own interests. Students take inspiration from established artists ideas, methods and techniques. Painting can utilise drawing, collage, three dimensions, photography, computers, printing, found materials, and installation work.

Students are encouraged to be innovative, and will learn a variety of techniques including paint effects, transparency, transfer processes, and furthering their drawing, collage, printing, and layering skills. Opportunities arise each year for students to publicly exhibit their work and enter competitions.

This is an exciting course that prepares students to go on with further Art study in Painting.

Level 3 Painting

Level 3 Painting extends and expands on skills learned in Level 2 Painting.

Painting is about surface, risk-taking and possibilities.  It can pour from the canvas, or surprise you with colour and texture. Students are required to develop ideas and themes over the year in consultation with the teacher. Students must utilise and develop their own interests in their artwork.

Students are encouraged to explore, research, and be influenced by established artists, but create their own painting style. Students learn further transfer techniques, oil or acrylic painting, how to utilise risk, change and chance their art, and use layering and mixed mediums.  Opportunities arise each year for students to publicly exhibit their work and enter competitions.

This is an exciting course that prepares students to go on with further Art study.

Level 2 Photography

Level 2 Photography extends and expands on skills learned in Level 1 Visual Art.

Photography can utilise digital processes, collage, photoshop, installation, and projection techniques. Students are encouraged to be innovative, and will learn a variety of techniques, including furthering their aperture, shutterspeed, depth of field, lighting, and situation specific photography skills.

Students are required to develop ideas and themes over the year in consultation with the teacher. These are based around the student’s own interests. Students take inspiration from established artists’ ideas, methods and techniques.  Opportunities arise each year for students to publicly exhibit their work and to enter competitions

This is an exciting course that prepares students to go on with further study in Photography.

Level 3 Photography

Level 3 Photography extends and expands on skills learned in Level 2 Photography.

Students are required to develop their own ideas and themes over the year in consultation with the teacher. Students must utilise and develop their own interests in their artwork. Students are encouraged to explore, research, and be influenced by established photographers, but create their own photographic style.

Students learn studio lighting techniques, and situation photography, along with extending their photoshop skills.  Opportunities arise each year for students to publicly exhibit their work and enter competitions. 

This is an exciting course that prepares students to go on with further photographic study.

 

 

Year 9 Music

The Year 9 Music course is designed to give students an introduction to classroom music. Students will be given the opportunity to play an instrument and perform in an ensemble. Students will learn about music in a historical and cultural context through the study of rock ‘n’ roll and its origins. This will include a research assignment. The development of music technology is emphasized and regular theory and aural (ear training) lessons will be the basis of this course.

Year 10 Music

This course builds on the Year 9 programme and students will have the opportunity to compose, perform and arrange, in preparation for NCEA Music. As Kaiapoi High School has a music studio, students will be able to explore music technology on a deeper level and record their own work. Students will undertake regular theory and aural (ear training) lessons as these skills are part of the Level 1 external exams.

Level 1 Music

This course is designed to give students, who can play an instrument, the opportunity to develop their performance and composition skills. Performances both solo and group are organised throughout the year to allow students to demonstrate their skills in front of a panel of judges. Students will also have the opportunity to write their own music and record it, develop their aural (ear training) and sight reading skills. Students who do Level 1 Music will also cover digital recording as part of the course.

Level 2 Music

This course is designed to follow on from the Level 1 Music course. The course is based around solo and group performances. Students can then choose from a range of achievement and unit standards, which includes composition, research on musical styles, and music technology to round out their course.

Levels 2/3 Sound Recording and Production

This course will offer a mixture of Levels 2 & 3 unit standards in recording, midi, public address systems, mixers and understanding and using a wide range of microphones. Digital editing and live sound mixing is also covered. This course would ideally suit somebody who is interested in music and technology. No previous musical knowledge is required but an interest in music, sound and computers is essential.

Level 3 Music

This course is designed to carry on from the Level 2 Music course. The course is based around performance and/or composition. Students can then choose from a range of achievement or unit standards, which include arrangement, group work and improvisation to round out their course.

 

Media Studies is a great subject.  Media Studies at all levels gives students an opportunity to gain Excellence or Merit endorsement.  Media Studies is a University-approved subject.

If students want a career in journalism, TV, radio, film, magazine publishing, marketing, design, radio, editing, production or simply have an interest on the influence that media has on our world today, then Media Studies is for them.

Year 10 Media Studies

In this course students will make a film trailer using video camera equipment and imovie on the computer.  We will also look at topics such as representation, Disney films and why they might be bad, violence in the media and how the media controls the world we live in.

Level 1 Media Studies and Film Production

In this Level 1 course:
1. Students will design and film their own teaser/trailer (opening scene of a television show), usually a thriller, horror or crime series.
2. Students will write a film review for two films students watch in class.
3. Students will study a scene from a favourite film in depth and writing a response to it.
4. Students will study a film genre, for the external exam (Coming of Age films).

Level 2 Media Studies and Film Production

The Level 2 course looks at:
1. Different film techniques and how they are used to tell a story (study of short films).
2. Teenage girls/women and how they are represented in music videos, magazines, gaming, animé, etc.
3. A study of a film genre (Dystopian/End of the World films).
4. Designing and producing a short film (film/edit/dub music/special effects).

Level 3 Media Studies and Film Production

In this Level 3 course:
1. Students will compete in the V48Hours Film Festival. Their film will be shown at a cinema in Christchurch.
2. Students will design a plan/concept for a short film.
3. Students will produce a short film to enter in various national competitions to gain experience (and prizes).
4. We will look at product placement in Hollywood films for an external exam.

Level 3 Media Studies/Journalism

This Level 3 course looks at:
1. Understanding the way people/audience view films from a different perspective.
2. How certain groups are represented in the media. Topics such as: Male drinking culture in NZ or how women are given media coverage in NZ sports are studied.
3. A significant development in the media. Topics such as: The rise of social media (Facebook, Snap-Cat, Twitter, etc) or the rise of online shopping (music, clothing, films, etc).
4. Students will write a text for a school magazine or local newspaper on the topic of their choice.
5. The relationship between a media genre and a society.

 

Level 1 Wearable Arts (Costuming and Special Effects)

This is a course for students who want a creative and innovative approach to designing garments or wearable art for the human form.

Students will start with an introduction exploring unusual materials, problem solving, design, and pattern drafting. They will then develop and research their own ideas, inspiration and theme. Students learn a variety of base skills from machine sewing to wire bending. Students will then take their ideas through a development and prototype phase to create a finished wearable art garment. Students will create their own stage makeup/ special effects application for their garment and have everything displayed during a performance.

This course will hopefully involve a trip to see “WOW” (The World of Wearable Art Show) and Weta workshop in Wellington. This will be an extra expense. Students may also want to enter their designs in the Shakespeare Costume Design Competition, and their garments in the Bernina Young Fashion Awards.

This is an exciting course that prepares students to go on with further study at Level 2, or in other creative industries.

 

Level 2 Wearable Arts (Costuming and Special Effects)

This is a course for students who want to design garments with a difference, for the human body.

Initial projects to explore unusual materials will enable you to think more creatively about designing and drafting.  At this level you will show further skill and complexity in making your garments. Students will develop and research their own ideas, inspiration and theme with a particular environment in mind. Students will take their ideas through a development and prototype phase to create a finished wearable art garment.

Students will create their own stage makeup/ special effects application for their garment.

This course will hopefully involve a trip to see “WOW” (The World of Wearable Art Show) and Weta workshop in Wellington. This will be an extra expense. Students may also want to enter their designs in the Shakespeare Costume Design Competition, and their garments in the Bernina Young Fashion Awards.

This is an exciting course that prepares students to go on with further study in the creative industries.

 

Level 3 Wearable Arts (Costuming and Special Effects)

This is a course for students who want to design inspiring garments for the human body.

Initial projects to explore unusual materials will enable you to think more creatively about designing and drafting.  Students at this level are to produce informed selections, and implement complex garments with further control and skill in their work. Students will develop and research their own ideas, inspiration and theme with a particular environment in mind. Students will take their ideas through a development and prototype phase to create a finished wearable art garment.

Students will create their own stage makeup/ special effects application for their garment.

This course will hopefully involve a trip to see “WOW” (The World of Wearable Art Show) and Weta workshop in Wellington. This will be an extra expense. Students may also want to enter their designs in the Shakespeare Costume Design Competition, and their garments in the Bernina Young Fashion Awards.

This is an exciting course that prepares students to go on with further study in the creative industries.

 

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