Arts are amalgamated into general classroom activities and are also specifically taught by specialist teachers. They are a key component of co-curricular activities and clubs. Like other aspects of their TFS education, the arts are introduced to our students at an early age.
While class time is dedicated to artistic activities alone, the arts also often become part of curriculum units or projects. In Pre-Kindergarten, our students learn about the tools used by artists, and how they can use their own art to communicate creative ideas. Older children learn how poetry can awaken emotions, or how storytelling can be translated into film — created, of course, by our students themselves.
Skills are enhanced as students move up through the grades and experiment with writing, song, dance, drama and visual arts. Field trips to theatres and museums, and visits from artists in different media complement the curricula.
Many after school co-curricular activities have an arts focus. Recent offerings include violin and LEGO story-building at La p’tite école, origami and pottery at the Junior School, and comic book creation and stop motion animation at our West Campus.
In 2017, our Senior Kindergarten to Grade 7 students from both campuses came together for a musical and artistic performance at Roy Thomson Hall, choreographed and artistically directed by TFS teachers. As a celebration of Canada’s 150 years of Confederation, the night was a community-builder for our parents and students, as well as a way for students to share their love of Canada and creativity together.
As students continue into the higher grades, they begin to develop their individuality in expressing themselves artistically, and the Senior School provides them with ample opportunities to do so.
Courses dedicated to visual arts, music and drama are offered up to Grade 12. As well, creative activities are infused into the curricula of many subjects. For instance, as part of Grade 10 (Level III) English, students produce a film based on a piece of literature, while in one math class, students are required to create a board game as a means of demonstrating their understanding of certain principles.
The arts take centre stage among our co-curricular offerings at the Senior School. Musically, students can join the glee chorale or opera club, the chamber wind, string or jazz ensembles, the band, orchestra, or fiddler club, or try out for the biennial drama production. Students can also put their writing and photography talents to work on the yearbook or student newspaper. If organizing is their forte, students can apply to be a member of the arts council, the student body responsible for co-curricular arts activities.
The Senior School holds many notable arts events throughout the year, such as the famed dance show and MAD (music, art and drama) Night, a festival highlighting all things artistic. One of the most anticipated occasions is the IB art show, Vernissage, when the most senior art students present their collections of original artwork, developed and refined over a two-year period. The stunning display of creative talents and critical analysis skills is not to be missed!