Welcome to the Mackenzie Arts Department!

The Visual Arts Office is located on the second floor at the end of the Art hallway.

Contact us at 416 395 3330 x20100

The Performing Arts Office is located in room 114 in the Music hallway.

Contact us at 416 395 3330 x20142

ACL: Mr. Simpson

Arts Resources

 

Courses Offered:

Grade 9 Courses

DRAMA

Course Title: Drama

Course Code: ADA1O1

Description: This course provides opportunities for students to explore dramatic forms and techniques, using material from a wide range of sources and cultures. Students will use the elements of drama to examine situations and issues that are relevant to their lives. Students will create, perform, discuss, and analyse drama, and then reflect on the experiences to develop an understanding of themselves, the art form, and the world around them. Prerequisite: None

MUSIC

Course Title: Instrumental Music – Band

Course Code: AMI1O1

Description: Students will focus their work on the various aspects of musical performance through the study of a woodwind,brass or percussion instrument in a band setting. Prerequisite: None

VISUAL ARTS 

Course Title: Visual Arts

Course Code: AVI1O1

Description: This course is exploratory in nature, offering an overview of visual arts as a foundation for further study. Students will become familiar with the elements and principles of design and the expressive qualities of various materials by using a range of media, processes, techniques, and styles. Students will use the creative and critical analysis processes and will interpret art within a personal, contemporary, and historical context. Prerequisite: None

DANCE

Course Title: Dance

Course Code: ATC1O1

Description: This course gives students the opportunity to explore their technical and compositiontional skills by applying the elements of dance and the tools of composition in a variety of performance situations. Students will generate movement through structured and unstructured improvisation, demonstrate an understanding of safe practices with regard to themselves and others in the dance environment, and identify the function and significance of dance within the global community. Prerequisite None

Grade 10 Courses

DRAMA

Course Title: Drama

Course Code: ADA2O1

Description: This course provides opportunities for students to explore dramatic forms, conventions, and techniques. Students will explore a variety of dramatic sources from various cultures and representing a range of genres. Students will use the elements of drama in creating and communicating through dramatic works. Students will assume responsibility for decisions made in the creative and collaborative processes and will reflect on their experiences. Prerequisite: None

MEDIA ARTS

Course Title: Media Arts

Course Code: ASM2O1

Description: This course enables students to create media art works by exploring new media, emerging technologies such as digital animation, and a variety of traditional art forms such as film, photography, video, and visual arts. Students will acquire communications skills that are transferable beyond the media arts classroom and develop an understanding of responsible practices related to the creative process. Students will develop the skills necessary to create and interpret media art works. Prerequisite: None.

Course Title: Photography

Course Code: AWQ2O

Description: Students will learn about traditionalphotography as an expressive art form.The history of art as it relates to photographywill be included and the roleof Digital imaging and manipulationmay be included in the studio projects. Prerequisite: None

MUSIC

Course Title: Instrumental Music 

Course Code: AMI2O1

Description: Students will focus their work on the various aspects of musical performance through the study of a woodwind,brass or percussion instrument in a band setting. Prerequisite: Instrumental Music, Grade 9, Open

Course Title: Guitar Music

Course Code: AMG2O

Description: This course develops guitar techniques and the rudiments of music. Students learn to read music, to play chords, and to develop techniques that can be used in playing classical and popular music. Prerequisite: None

VISUAL ARTS

Course Title: Visual Arts

Course Code: AVI2O1

Description: This course enables students to develop their skills in producing and presenting art by introducing them to new ideas, materials, and processes for artistic exploration and experimentation. Students will apply the elements and principles of design when exploring the creative process. Students will use the critical analysis process to reflect on and interpret art within a personal, contemporary, and historical context. Prerequisite: Grade 9 Visual Arts 

Grade 11 Courses

DANCE

Course Title: Dance, University/College Preparation

Course Code: ATC3M1

Description: This course emphasizes the development of students’ artistry, improvisational and compositional skills, and technical proficiency in global dance genres. Students will apply dance elements, techniques, and tools in a variety of ways, including performance situations; describe and model responsible practices related to the dance environment; and reflect on how the study of dance affects personal and artistic development. Prerequisite: None

DRAMA

Course Title: Drama, University/College Preparation

Course Code: ADA3M1

Description: This course requires students to create and perform in dramatic presentations. Students will analyse, interpret, and perform dramatic works from various cultures and time periods. Students will research various acting styles and conventions that could be used in their presentations, and analyse the functions of playwrights, directors, actors, designers, technicians, and audiences. Prerequisite: Drama, Grade 9 or 10, Open

MEDIA ARTS

Course Title: Photography, University/ College Preparation

Course Code: AWQ3M

Description: Students will learn about traditional photography as an expressive art form.The history of art as it relates to photography will be included and the role of Digital imaging and manipulation may be included in the studio projects. Prerequisite: Photography, Grade 10, Open

Course Title: Film/Video, University/College Preparation

Course Code: AWR3M

Description: This course focuses on photo-electronic media and their application in film and video. Students will study the theory, history, practices and production of film-making. Prerequisite: None

Course Title: Digital Media, University/College Preparation

Course Code: AWS3M

Description: Students will learn how to use the computer as an expressive tool for designing a creative solution to a design problem. Developing expertise as an effective visual communicator will be the focus of this course. The study of current trends and developments in new media will support all studio projects. Prerequisite: None

MUSIC

Course Title: Instrumental Music, University/College Preparation

Course Code: AMI3M

Description: Students will focus their work on the various aspects of musical performance through the study of a woodwind,brass or percussion instrument in a band setting. Prerequisite: Instrumental Music, Grade 10, Open

VISUAL ARTS

Course Title: Visual Arts, University/College Preparation

Course Code: AVI3M1

Description: This course enables students to further develop their knowledge and skills in visual arts. Students will use the creative process to explore a wide range of themes through studio work that may include drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking, as well as the creation of collage, multimedia works, and works using emergent technologies. Students will use the critical analysis process when evaluating their own work and the work of others. The course may be delivered as a comprehensive program or through a program focused on a particular art form (e.g. photography, video, computer graphics, information design). Prerequisite: Visual Arts, Grade 9 or 10, Open

Grade 12 Courses

DRAMA

Course Title: Drama, University/College Preparation

Course Code: ADA4M1

Description: This course requires students to experiment individually and collaboratively with forms and conventions of both drama and theatre from various cultures and time periods. Students will interpret dramatic literature and other text and media sources while learning about various theories of directing and acting. Students will examine the significance of dramatic arts in various cultures, and will analyse how the knowledge and skills developed in drama are related to their personal skills, social awareness, and goals beyond secondary school. Prerequisite: Drama, Grade 11, University/College Preparation

MUSIC

Course Title: Instrumental Music- Band, University/College Preparation

Course Code: AMI4M

Description: Students will focus their work on the various aspects of musical performance through the study of a woodwind,brass or percussion instrument in a band setting. Prerequisite: Instrumental Band, Grade 11, University/College Preparation

Course Title: Assitant Conductor- Band, University/College Preparation

Course Code: AMU4M1

Description: This course enables students to enhance their musical literacy through the creation, appreciation, analysis, and performance of music. Students will perform traditional, commercial, and art music, and will respond with insight to live and recorded performances. Students will enhance their understanding of the function of music in society and the impact of music on themselves and various communities and cultures. Students will analyse how to apply skills developed in music to their life and careers. Prerequisite: Music, Grade 11, University/College Preparation

VISUAL ARTS

Course Title: Visual Arts, University/College Preparation

Course Code: AVI4M1

Description: This course focuses on enabling students to refine their use of the creative process when creating and presenting two- and three-dimensional art works using a variety of traditional and emerging media and technologies. Students will use the critical analysis process to deconstruct art works and explore connections between art and society. The studio program enables students to explore a range of materials, processes, and techniques that can be applied in their own art production. Students will also make connections between various works of art in personal, contemporary, historical, and cultural contexts. Prerequisite: Visual Arts, Grade 11, University/College Preparation

Mr. Willis Bote

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Started teaching at Mackenzie in 2016.

Education

  • B.Mus. at University of Western Ontario
  • B.Ed. OISE/UT
  • M.Mus. at University of Michigan

Office Location:  Music Office

Ms. Alexandra Parravano

Posted by on Apr 1, 2008 in Arts Teachers, Teacher Profile | Comments Off on Ms. Alexandra Parravano

Started teaching at Mackenzie in 2012.

Education

  • Honours B.A. at University of Toronto
  • B.Ed. at University of Toronto

Office Location:  Performing Arts Office

Mr. Martyn Simpson

Posted by on Oct 15, 2007 in ACLs, Arts Teachers, Teacher Profile | Comments Off on Mr. Martyn Simpson

ACL of Arts

Started teaching at Mackenzie in 2010.

Education

  • Hon.B.A. at University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, England
  • M.A. at University of Surrey, England
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, St. Martins College, Lancaster

Office Location:  Visual Arts Office