The Arts

Te toi whakairo, ka ihiihi, ka wehiwehi, ka aweawe te ao katoa
artistic excellence makes the world sit up in wonder



What are The Arts?

The Arts faculty promotes excellence in learning and performance across four areas - Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts (including Art History).  Students learn to think critically and creatively, through experiencing and studying the work of other artists, peformances and composers ... which inspires their own creativity.

We embrace the principles of multiple intelligences which we consider to be essential in education.  

Performance skills are a strong focus in the Arts, alongside a thorough understanding of the core elements that make up each discipline.  Students learn to execute skills required to produce original work by devising a dance, drama, a piece of visual art (e.g. painting), or a musical composition.  

 

Why Study the Arts?

Taking an 'Arts' course will provide you or your child with vital skills for life, plus an enjoyment of the arts that they will carry through life.

As well as the key competencies, students learn the ability to work with others (e.g. in a music group or a drama performance).  The learn to communicate complex ideas with confidence and clarity through performance and visual art.  And they learn initiative and the ability to approach work or challenges creatively.

At Glendowie College, the Arts develop confident young men and women who are self-motivated and positive, successful citizens. 



Year 9 Dance    (9 DNC)

The Year 9 Dance option is heavily practical and is suitable for a wide range of students of all abilities.  The course focuses on building confidence and presentational skills. Lessons focus around group activities and assessments are designed to encourage the students’ enthusiasm for dance and with a view to increase their knowledge, ability and appreciation of dance around the world.  This course is assessed against the MYP criteria:

  • Performance: Developing skills
  • Sasa Style: Knowing and understanding
  • YouTeach: Thinking creatively and responding

  

Year 10 Dance    (10 DNC)

The Year 10 Dance option is designed for students of all abilities and interests in dance.  It builds choreography and performance skills and focuses on the development of confidence and presentational skills.  It is assessed against the MYP criteria.  There are five units of work:

  • Take the Stage (performance)
  • Road Trip (cultural or ethnic dance)
  • Making Waves (communicating ideas)
  • Tuakiri (choreography)
  • Reflect and Respond

  

Year 11 Dance    (11DNC)

The Year 11 programme is designed to introduce students to the skills required in NCEA Levels 2, 3 and Scholarship Dance.  The course is entirely practical.  It allows students to further develop their understanding of dance practices and techniques, and focuses on dance as a contribution to their wellbeing and confidence.  A highlight of the programme is class performances in the annual GDC Dance Showcase Production and the presentation of their choreography in the term four Year 11 Arts Interdisciplinary Event.

Assessments:

  • Take the Stage!  Performances and techniques
  • Move Your Body!  Choreography and communicating ideas
  • Beyond Aotearoa - ethnic dance styles
  • Tūrangawaewae (A Sense of Place):  Devising, Year 11 Arts interdisciplinary unit

  

Year 12 Dance    (12DNC)

Students study five topics (standards) that count for 22 credits towards Level 2 NCEA.  Dance is a University Approved Entrance subject, and literacy credits are gained through the external examination.

Internal Standards (Assignments)

  • 91205  Choreograph a group dance  (4 credits)
  • 91207  Perform an ethnic dance  (4 credits)
  • 91208  Perform a theatre dance  (4 credits)
  • 91209  Perform a repertoire of dance  (6 credits)

External Standards (Exams)

  • 91211  Provide an interpretation of a dance performance with supporting evidence  (4 credits)

Highlights of the programme include class performances in the annual YouDance Festival and GDC Whakaatu Toi, Arts Awards, and Dance Showcase productions.  An international trip is also offered bi-annually to Year 12 and 13 Dance students.

  

Year 13 Dance    (13DNC)

Students study five topics (standards) that count for 22 credits towards Level 3 NCEA.  Note: Scholarship students also do an extra standard (91593) - which brings their total credits to 26.  Dance is a University Approved Entrance subject, and literacy credits are gained through the external examination.

Internal Standards (Assignments)

  • 91592  Perform a repertoire of contrasting dances  (6 credits)
  • 91589  Choreograph a dance to develop and resolve ideas  (4 credits)
  • 91590  Perform a solo or duet dance  (4 credits)
  • 91591  Perform a group dance (optional)  (4 credits)
  • 91593  Demonstrate understanding of dance performance practices  (4 credits)

External Standards (Exams)

  • 91594  Analyse a dance performance  (4 credits)

The following internal is offered to Scholarship candidates: 91588  Produce a dance to realise a concept  (8 credits)

Highlights of the programme include class performances in the annual YouDance Festival and GDC Whakaatu Toi, Arts Awards, and Dance Showcase productions.  An international trip is also offered bi-annually to Year 12 and 13 Dance students.

 

Contact Details:

Ms C Jennings
HOD Drama and Dance

Tel:  (09) 575 9128 ext 173
Email: jen@gdc.school.nz 

 

Mr O Humphries
Drama and Dance

Tel:  (09) 575 9128 ext 148
Email: hum@gdc.school.nz

 

Drama expresses human experience through a focus on role, action, and tension, played out in time and space.  In drama education, students learn to structure these elements and to use dramatic conventions, techniques, and technologies to create imagined worlds.  Through purposeful play, both individual and collaborative, they discover how to link imagination, thoughts, and feelings.

As students work with drama techniques, they learn to use spoken and written language with increasing control and confidence and to communicate effectively using body language, movement, and space.  As they perform, analyse, and respond to different forms of drama and theatre, they gain a deeper appreciation of their rich cultural heritage and language and new power to examine attitudes, behaviours, and values.

By means of the drama that they create and perform, students reflect and enrich the cultural life of their schools, whānau, and communities.

 

Year 9 Drama    (9DRA)

This course is designed to teach drama techniques, the development and communication of ideas, and to develop students’ appreciation of and enthusiasm for Drama and The Arts.  Students will work individually and in group situations and will be assessed through performance. It is suitable for a wide range of students of all abilities.  This course is assessed against the MYP criteria:

  • Pepeha:  Developing Skills
  • Devising Drama:  Thinking Creatively and Responding
  • Greek Theatre:  Knowing and Understanding

 

Year 10 Drama    (10DRA)

The Year 10 Drama option builds on skills developed in Year 9.  A highlight of the year is the class play in the annual Dramafest (play festival).

The course is assessed against the MYP criteria.  Units explore performance, acting techniques, theatre technology, contribution to a play, devising and developing/communicating ideas, and reflecting on the processes of self and others.  There are five units of work:

  • Stereotypes in Stock
  • The Play’s the Thing
  • Truthful Liars
  • Change the World
  • Reflection and Response. 

 

Year 11 Drama    (11DRA)

The Year 11 programme is designed to develop the skills required in NCEA Levels 2, 3 and Scholarship Drama.  Students work to further develop their confidence and skills in acting, devising, and communication.  Highlights of the calendar include the annual class production in Dramafest and the presentation of their devised works in the term four Year 11 Arts Interdisciplinary Event.

Assessments:

  • Poetry in Motion:  Techniques
  • The Show Must Go On:  Production
  • Over the Top:  Performance
  • Tūrangawaewae (A Sense of Place):  Devising, Year 11 Arts Interdisciplinary Unit

 

Year 12 Drama    (12DRA)

Students work individually and collaboratively to devise, perform, and communicate ideas to be assessed against four Achievement Standards in NCEA Level 2 Drama (a total of Level 2 18 - 22 credits).  Drama is a University Approved Entrance subject, and literacy credits are gained through the external examination.

Internal Standards (Performances)

  • AS91216  Perform features of a complex theatre form (4 credits)
  • AS91214  Devise and perform a drama to realize an intention (5 credits)
  • AS91218  Perform a substantial acting or production role (5 credits)
  • AS91217  Examine the work of a playwright (Optional extra - 4 credits)

External Standards (Exams)

  • 2.3  AS91215  Discuss a drama or theatre form or period with reference to a text (4 credits - literacy)

Highlights of the programme include class performances in the annual Dramafest and the GDC Whakaatu Toi and Arts Awards productions.  An international trip is also offered bi-annually to Year 12 and 13 Drama students. 

 

Year 13 Drama    (13DRA)

Students work individually and collaboratively to devise, perform, and communicate ideas or understanding to be assessed against four Achievement Standards in NCEA Level 3 Drama (a total of Level 2 18 - 22 credits).  Dance is a University Approved Entrance subject, and literacy credits are gained through the external examination.

Internal Standards (Performances)

  • 91513  Devise and perform a drama to realise a concept  (5 credits)
  • 91515  Select and use complex performance skills associated with a drama form or period  (4 credits)
    OR
  • 3.1  91512  Interpret scripted text to integrate drama techniques in performance  (4 credits)
  • 91517  Perform a substantial acting role in a significant production (5 credits)

External Standards (Exams)

  • 91518  Demonstrate understanding of live drama performance  (4 credits - literacy)

Highlights of the programme include class performances in the annual Dramafest and the GDC Whakaatu Toi and Arts Awards productions.  An international trip is also offered bi-annually to Year 12 and 13 Drama students.

 

Contact Details:

Ms C Jennings
HOD Drama and Dance

Tel:  (09) 575 9128 ext 173
Email: jen@gdc.school.nz 

 

Ms C Thomson
Drama

Tel:  (09) 575 9128 ext 148
Email:  thm@gdc.school.nz

 

Mr O Humphries
Drama and Dance

Tel:  (09) 575 9128 ext 148
Email:  hum@gdc.school.nz

Year 9 Music   (9MUS)

Year 9 Music is designed to be relevant to beginners and more experienced players alike.  It is based around practical activities for the whole class, groups and individuals, aiming to engage students at all levels.  Students will learn the basics of reading music, and will be encouraged to perform and compose music themselves, using both instruments and software.  Those taking Music in Year 9 have priority in instrument/voice lessons.

 

Year 10 Music   (10MUS)

This programme is developed as preparation for Level 1 Music, though it uses an inquiry-based approach to learning so students can start making music in real situations.  In some cases, students may be accelerated to Year 11 performance assessment.  They are assessed through a material test (theory), aural test, solo and group performance, group composition and a music works assignment.

  • Performance - playing in a small group and as a featured soloist.  All musical genres are suitable.
  • Composition - writing songs and/or short pieces
  • Materials - gaining literacy in musical language
  • Understanding how music contributes to and reflects society through a range of musical styles. e.g. New Zealand Contemporary, Rock, Jazz, Reggae, Classical
  • Listening skills
  • Projects on music software.

 

Year 11 Music    (11MUS)

The objective of the Year 11 course is to reflect and respond to the interests and needs of music students.  It is a practically-based course with an emphasis on performance and composition, but covering a broad range of musical knowledge and skills including Music Technology for Contemporary Music students.

Specifically:

  • Developing practical knowledge in music
  • Composing music
  • Solo and group performance
  • Understanding music in context.

The course covers:

  • Performance - solo and ensemble on an instrument of student’s choice including voice.  Opportunities for instrument /voice lessons are offered.
  • Listening to music and learning to write it down
  • Composition using music software
  • Materials of Music - reading and writing music and applying skills to music scores
  • Studying music works of different musical periods
  • Music Technology for students wishing to follow a Contemporary Music Course in Year 12.

  

Year 12 Music    (12MUS)

The Year 12 Music course is a practically-based course with an emphasis on composition and performance, but covering a broad range of musical knowledge and skills.  A Contemporary course is also offered for non-music readers with an interest in Rock/Pop genres.  Relevant standards are marked C on the grid below.

This course is designed to lead on to either Level 3 Music Studies, Practical Music or Contemporary Music.

The Year 12 course content covers:

  • Performance - instrumental / voice - solo and ensemble
  • Listening skills
  • Composition and Instrumentation
  • Materials of music, study of music works including research.

Students study six topics (standards) that count for 24 or more credits towards Level 2 NCEA.

Internal Standards (Assignments)

  • AS91270 (C)  Perform two substantial pieces of music as a featured soloist  (6 credits)
  • AS91272 (C)  Demonstrate ensemble skills by performing a substantial piece of music as a member of a group  (4 credits)
  • AS91272 (C)  Compose two substantial pieces of music  (6 credits)
  • AS91273 *  Create an instrumentation  (4 credits)
  • AS91274 (C) *  Perform a substantial piece of music as a featured soloist on a second instrument  (3 credits)

External Standards (Exams)

  • AS91275 *  Demonstrate aural skill through written representation  (4 credits)
  • AS91276  Demonstrate knowledge of conventions in a range of music scores  (4 credits)
  • AS91277  Demonstrate understanding of two substantial contrasting music works  (4 credits)

Standards marked * may be selected by students in addition to compulsory standards.  Standards marked (C) are for Contemporary Music Course Students.

 

Year 13 Music Studies    (13MUS)

This course is designed for students who are not performers or composers but who have an interest in music history, music in the community, and/or the contemporary music scene.  It is not necessary to be a musician to succeed in this course.  The course is a suitable choice for students who have a desire to learn more about music in a contemporary context and who enjoy listening to music and researching topics.  Some Music Technology standards may be available.

Students study five topics (standards) that count for 22 credits towards Level 3 NCEA.

Internal Standards (Assignments)

  • 91422  Analyse a substantial music work  (4 credits)
  • 91425  Research a music topic  (6 credits)
  • 91424  Create two arrangements for an ensemble (optional)  (4 credits)

External Standards (Exams)

  • 91423  Examine the influence of context on a substantial music work (optional)  (4 credits)
  • 91421  Demonstrate an understanding of harmonic and tonal conventions in a range of music scores (optional)  (4 credits)

 

Year 13 Music (Practical)    (13MUS)

This is a practically-based course with an emphasis on composition and performance.  The course is designed to allow students to develop their musical strengths and interests.  A Contemporary Music course can be taken using the performance and composition standards in conjunction with a research standard.    

Students study four topics (standards) that count for 24 credits towards Level 3 NCEA.

Internal Standards (Assignments)

  • 91416  Perform two programmes of music as a feature soloist  (8 credits)
  • 91417  Perform a programme of music as a feature soloist on a second instrument  (4 credits)
  • 91418  Demonstrate ensemble skills by performing two substantial pieces of music as a member of a group  (4 credits)
  • 91419  Communicate musical intention by composing three original pieces of music (optional)  (8 credits)
  • 91849  Compose three original songs that express imaginative thinking (optional)  (8 credits)

It is possible to select a course which combines Achievement Standards from both Music Studies and Practical Music.  In doing this, you can select a course which reflects your strengths.

 

Contact Details:

Mr A Lile
HOD Music

Tel:  (09) 575 9128 ext 126
Email: lil@gdc.school.nz 

 

Year 9 Art    (9ART)

The course is designed for all abilities to develop skill, creativity and an independent work ethic.  The programme focuses on drawing, painting and printmaking techniques as well as giving students an understanding of established art practice.  Students complete a programme of work to build skills and knowledge in art that will help them prepare for year 10.  Work is marked using the MYP criteria.

  

Year 10 Art - Practical    (10ART)

The course is linked to the MYP requirements in Visual Arts and is a necessary preparation for students to pathway into Year 11 Art.  The course focuses on drawing, painting, printmaking and some basic photography.  Students complete 4 units of work over 4 terms.  Units one and two are designed to build upon basic art skills learnt in Year 9 whilst units three and four are designed to promote an ability to develop ideas in mixed media.  Students will develop creative thinking that encourages and promotes the generation of new ideas and solutions which take into account multiple contexts and perspectives.  Art is used to build confidence and encourage thoughtful risk-taking.  It leads to innovation and new ways of doing.

Assessments are marked using the MYP criteria with formative and summative assessments.

  

Year 10 Art - Digital Photography/Design    (10APD)

This course is linked to level 5 MYP Visual Arts.  It will prepare students for the digital pathways of Photography and Design.  The course focuses on 4 units of work over the four terms:

  • Nature & Aesthetics - Skill building with the digital camera and photoshop
  • Identity & Portraiture - Portraiture photography through to an exhibition piece
  • Colour & Communication - Product photography with a design outcome
  • Documenting Change - Personal project about making change through art.

Assessments are marked using the MYP criteria with formative and summative assessments.

 

Year 11 Art - Digital Photography/Design    (11APD)

The course allows students to gain skills and knowledge within design and photography that will help them develop a range of final works.  Students will show understanding and development of the technical elements of Photography and Design in the resolution of their own work.

Students will complete four units over four terms:

  • The Photographer & the Camera - Covers DSLR camera skills, studio practice, artist models, post-production skills
  • Domestic Still-life - A full term of Photography looking at domestic objects photographed using artist models and culminating in an exhibition of work
  • Cookbook Design - Investigate commercial photography and how it is used within a design outcome
  • Independent Project -  Students will be able to create their own brief and investigate a style or outcome of their own choice: exhibition, mural, animation, illustration etc.

Assessments will be both formative and summative through the unit.

 

Year 11 Art - Art - Painting   (11ART)

This course focuses on further developing skills in painting, printmaking and mixed media practice.  Students will learn different mark marking applications and mixed media techniques to further their understanding of artists and art forms.  They will develop observational and creative skills in a range of media to produce a series of work.  Students will have the opportunity to take a field trip to collect photographic images for their final assessments.

Students will be taught how to:

  • Understand the visual arts in context:  Share ideas about how and why their own and others' works are made and their purpose, value and context.
  • Develop practical knowledge:  Explore a variety of materials and tools and discover elements and selected principles.
  • Develop ideas:  Investigate visual ideas in response to a variety of motivations, observation and imagination.
  • Communicate and interpret:  Share the ideas, feelings and stories communicated by their own and others' objects and images.

  

Year 12 Art - Design    (12ARD)

Students will develop work using the design process towards outcomes in either graphic design or illustration.  The first internal involves students planning and producing a logo and 2D outcome based on their own design project.  The second internal involves students learning how to screen print and design a completed product: a t-shirt for their project.  The external involves the production of a two panel folio board of design work based upon their design project.

Students study three topics (standards) that count for 20 credits towards Level 2 & 3 NCEA.

Internal Standards (Assignments)

  • 91360 (3.5)  Produce a resolved work that demonstrates purposeful control of skills appropriate to a visual arts cultural convention  (4 credits)
  • 91315 (2.3)  Develop ideas in a related series of drawings appropriate to established design practice  (4 credits)

External Standards (Exams)

  • 91322 (2.4)  Produce a systematic body of work that shows understanding of art making conventions and ideas within design  (12 credits)

 

Year 12 Art - Painting    (12PAI)

Three units of work/achievement standards are united by a common theme. There is a specific focus on the development of skills in drawing, painting, printmaking and mixed media.  The two internally assessed assignments are designed to inform work for the externally assessed assignment (two folio boards).

Students study three topics (standards) that count for 20 credits towards Level 2 NCEA.

Internal Standards (Assignments)

  • 91311 (2.2)  Use drawing methods to apply knowledge of conventions appropriate to painting  (4 credits)
  • 91316 (2.3)  Develop ideas in a related series of drawings appropriate to established painting practice  (4 credits)

External Standards (Exams)

  • 91321 (2.4)  Produce a systematic body of work that shows understanding of art making conventions and ideas within painting  (12 credits)

 

Year 12 Art - Photography    (12APH)

The first internal involves students researching and then planning and producing an animated GIF based on their research and understanding of surrealism.  The next internal forms the start of the external and involves research, planning and photographing around a theme of their choice.  The external involves the production of a two panel folio board of photographs based upon a theme developed in internal 2.3.

Students study three topics (standards) that count for 20 credits towards Level 2 & 3 NCEA.

Internal Standards (Assignments)

  • 91360 (3.5)  Produce a resolved work that demonstrates purposeful control of skills appropriate to a visual arts cultural convention  (4 credits)
  • 91317 (2.3)  Develop ideas in a related series of drawings appropriate to established photography practice  (4 credits)

External Standards (Exams)

91322 (2.4)  Produce a systematic body of work that shows understanding of art making conventions and ideas within photography  (12 credits)

 

Year 12 Art History    (12ARH)

The course is entitled ‘Towards Modernism’ and involves the study of nineteenth and early twentieth century art, sculpture and architecture (mainly French).  The following art movements are studied:

  • Neoclassicism
  • Romanticism
  • Realism
  • Impressionism
  • Post Impressionism
  • Art Nouveau

The course content is extensive and covers a lot of factual information.  Students who have a love of art and history will enjoy this course.  External examination questions require a long answer response - not essays.  However, it is necessary for students to have a competent level of English so that they can cope with the analytical aspect of the course.

Students study five topics (standards) that count for 20 credits towards Level 2 NCEA.

Internal Standards (Assignments)

  • 91183 (2.4)  Examine how media are used to create effects in art works  (4 credits)
  • 91184 (2.5)  Communicate an understanding of an art history topic  (4 credits)
  • 91185 (2.6)  Communicate a personal response to art works  (4 credits)

External Standards (Exams)

  • 91180 (2.1)  Examine the effects of formal elements of art works  (4 credits)
  • 91182 (2.3)  Examine the influence of context(s) on art works  (4 credits)

 

Year 13 Art - Design    (13ARD)

The course is designed to build upon and develop each student’s theoretical and practical knowledge of established design practice.  The internal assessments (3.2 and 3.3) are integrated to create a body of work from which students can develop their own ideas and interests to produce the externally assessed part of the course (folio boards).

Students study three topics (standards) that count for 22 credits towards Level 3 NCEA.

Internal Standards (Assignments)

  • 91445 (3.2)  Use drawing to demonstrate understanding of conventions appropriate to design  (4 credits)
  • 91450 (3.3)  Systematically clarify ideas using drawing informed by established design practice  (4 credits)

External Standards (Exams)

  • 91455 (3.4)  Produce a systematic body of work that integrates conventions and regenerates ideas within design practice  (14 credits)

 

Year 13 Art - Painting    (13PAI)

The course is designed to build upon and develop each student’s theoretical and practical knowledge of established painting practice.  The internal assessments (3.2, 3.3) are integrated to create a body of work from which students can develop their own ideas and interests to produce the externally assessed part of the course (3.4/folio boards). 

Students study three topics (standards) that count for 22 credits towards Level 3 NCEA.

Internal Standards (Assignments)

  • 91446 (3.2)  Use drawing to demonstrate understanding of conventions appropriate to painting  (4 credits)
  • 91451 (3.3)  Systematically clarify ideas using drawing informed by established painting practice  (4 credits)

External Standards (Exams)

  • 91456 (3.4)  Produce a systematic body of work that integrates conventions and regenerates ideas within painting practice  (14 credits)

  

Year 13 Art - Photography    (13APH)

The course is designed to build upon and develop each student’s theoretical and practical knowledge of established photography practice.  The internal assessments (3.2 and 3.3) are integrated to create a body of work from which students can develop their own ideas and interests to produce the externally assessed part of the course (folio boards).

Students study three topics (standards) that count for 22 credits towards Level 3 NCEA.

Internal Standards (Assignments)

  • 91447 (3.2)  Use drawing to demonstrate understanding of conventions appropriate to painting  (4 credits)
  • 91452 (3.3)  Systematically clarify ideas using drawing informed by established photography practice  (4 credits)

External Standards (Exams)

  • 91457 (3.4)  Produce a systematic body of work that integrates conventions and regenerates ideas within photography practice  (14 credits) 

 

Year 13 Art History    (13ARH)

For the two external standards (3.1, 3.3) and internals 3.5 and 3.7 students study art from mid-to-late fifteenth-century Italy through the works of Bellini and Mantegna in Venice and Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci in Florence.  This provides a background to the development of the High Renaissance in Rome.  All aspects of Michelangelo’s work (sculpture, painting and architecture) are studied.  Mannerism is studied in the work of Pontormo, Bronzino and the late works of Raphael and Michelangelo.  Titian provides the Venetian counterpart to the High Renaissance and Mannerist styles.

For internal 3.6 students study the value placed upon selected Renaissance works alongside modern art works of their choice.  A trip to an art auction provides students with an understanding of the monetary value placed on art works.  External examination questions require a long answer response NOT an essay format.  However, a competent level of English is required for students to cope with the analytical aspect of the course.  This is a factually rich subject that requires students to have an interest in both Art and History.

Students study five topics (standards) that count for 20 credits towards Level 3 NCEA.

Internal Standards (Assignments)

  • 91486 (3.5)  Construct an argument based on interpretation of research in Art History  (4 credits)
  • 91487 (3.6)  Examine the different values placed on art works  (4 credits)
  • 91488 (3.7)  Examine the relationships between a theory and art works  (4 credits)

External Standards (Exams)

  • 91482 (3.1)  Demonstrate understanding of style in art works  (4 credits)
  • 91484 (3.3)  Examine the relationship(s) between art and context  (4 credits)

 

Contact Details:

Ms A Whittaker
HOD Art

Tel:  (09) 575 9128 ext 145
Email: whi@gdc.school.nz  

 

 

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