The Arts

The Arts come from a desire to be expressive. Students benefit from an appreciation of the Arts, an awareness of their aesthetic environment, increased communication skills and competence in some personal mode of expression. Employers are increasingly aware of the value of staff members who think creatively and bring innovation to the workplace.


The Drama program provides an essential aspect of arts education covering a range of personal and interpersonal development.

  • Drama courses review the basic forms of drama
  • Provide a rich variety of activities that develop imagination, acting and script writing skills
  • Although the Grade 11 course is intended for students in their third year, Grade 10 and 12 students are encouraged to enrol based upon their confidence in English skills


Photography Resources, Links (contributed by Ms. N. Brandt)

Exposure Calculator
Film and Digital Camera Simulator 
American Photography
Masters of Photography

Photography is offered at Fellowes High School in grades 11 and 12; however, the grade 11 class is open to students in grades 10 and 12 alike.  Once you have taken the grade 11 class, you can take the grade 12 course which is at the college/university preparation level and may be used to apply to universities.

The grade 11 photography course (AWQ 301) emphasizes the development of the knowledge and skills required for students to move from taking snapshots to making photographs.  Students develop an appreciation of the history of photography and form a basis for their aesthetic judgment through the analysis of photographs.  Students create photographs using a variety of techniques (e.g. camera and print) and technologies (e.g. traditional darkroom and digital).

The grade 12 photography course (AWQ 4M1) focuses on the refinement of students' skills and knowledge in photography.  Students analyze photographs; use theories of photography in analyzing and producing photographs; and increase their understanding of stylistic and technological changes in modern and contemporary photography around the world, including Canada.  Students maintain a portfolio of their best work.  Prerequisite:  Photography, Grade 11, Open

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts program preserves the development of both fine arts and applied arts learning.

  • Foundation in drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture
  • Art history preparation appropriate for post-secondary art or general humanities programs
  • Grade 10 design course develops marketable graphic and applied art skills
  • All courses are well rounded in historical analysis, theoretical study of the elements and principles of composition and hands on production of art objects

The pastel reproductions were done in the senior art class. It has 3 levels, so the criteria was different for all three. The 11 open had to reproduce an artwork in the style of Canadian artist Emily Carr. The college/university class did Impressionist artists, and the 12's were to choose a famous painting to reproduce. Attempting to copy a masterpiece has been a good tool for art students, and used by many. Instead of paint, stusents  used pastel.



The Music program animates everyone's shared love of music. This program invites students of any experience level to have fun creating music.

  • Grade 9 - use traditional band instruments to teach students how to perform and read music
  • After Grade 9, students can study piano, guitar and/or continue on a band instrument.
  • Performance, foundations, composition, listening, history and analysis components of our courses allow students to develop their creativity
  • We take the opportunity to see concerts, attend festivals and host workshops to enhance the classroom experience

Performance Experience

Additional performance experience is highly recommended and readily available. Membership in our Senior and Junior Bands and our yearly musical is open to all students. The groups run from September to April. See School Life for more information.


Arts Courses - Grade 9
SubjectCourse Code(s)
Drama ADA1O1 (Open)
Expressing Aboriginal Cultures NAC1O1 (Open)
Instrumental Music AMI1O1 (Open)
Arts Courses - Grade 10
SubjectCourse Code(s)
Drama ADA3O1(Open)
Instrumental Music

AMI2O1 (Open)
AMI2O2 (Open, for beginners)

Piano Keyboard AMK2O1 (Open)
Visual Arts AVI2O1 (Open)
Visual Arts - Visual Design AWD2O1 (Open)
Arts Courses - Grade 11
SubjectCourse Code(s)
Drama ADA3O1(Open)
Instrumental Music

AMI3O1 (Open)
AMI3M1 (College/University)

Music - Guitar

AMG3O1 (Open)

Piano Keyboard

AMK3O1 (Open)
AMK3M1 (College/University)


AWQ3O1 (Open)

Visual Arts AVI3M1 (College/University)
Visual Arts - Visual Design AWD3O1 (Open)
Arts Courses - Grade 12
SubjectCourse Code(s)
Drama ADA4M1 (College/University)
Instrumental Music AMI4M1 (College/University)
Music - Guitar AMG4M1 (College/University)
Piano Keyboard AMK4M1 (College/university)
Photography AWQ4M1 (College/University)
Visual Arts AVI4M1 (College/University)
Visual Arts - Visual Design AWD4M1 (College/University)

See the course calendar for full course descriptions.