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The Arts

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TVO Learn is designed to meet each student where they are on their learning journey. Learning Activities are comprehensive and require guided instruction from an adult, while Resources for Learning, Apply the Learning prompts and Vocabulary lists work well to reinforce specific skills or to enable independent exploration of a subject. Use these helpful tips to get the most from TVO Learn.

Curriculum Overview

In the Grade 8 arts curriculum, learners are encouraged to be creative every day.

  • In grade 8 Dance, students refine their kinesthetic awareness and use all the elements of dance (body, space, time, energy, relationship) to create dance works that express a point of view about a variety of issues, concepts and themes.
  • In grade 8 Drama, students continue to focus on role play and the development of believable characters as foundational components of both process drama and theatre performance.
  • In grade eight Music, students perform in a variety of ensembles and use musical knowledge, musicianship, and creative abilities to create musical works for specific purposes.
  • In Grade 8 Visual Arts, students’ own art making becomes infused with a variety of images and approaches. They are very aware of elements from popular culture and eager to incorporate them into their art.

 

The arts curriculum is divided into four strands:

  • Dance
  • Drame
  • Music
  • Visual Arts

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Learning Activities

Learning Activities provide opportunity for deeper exploration of a subject. Organized by grade and topic (or strand), students should be guided through each Learning Activity by an adult. Before clicking on a topic to prepare for or begin this guided instruction, be sure to read these helpful tips about how to get the most out of TVO Learn.

Learning Activities provide opportunity for deeper exploration of a subject. Organized by grade and topic (or strand), students should be guided through each Learning Activity by an adult. Before clicking on a topic to prepare for or begin this guided instruction, be sure to read these helpful tips about how to get the most out of TVO Learn.

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Resources for Learning

Chosen by TVO educators, these resources support the curriculum outlined above. Review the below list of options along with the activities. Then, read, watch, listen or play to build understanding and knowledge.

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Apply the Learning

Choose from the following to consolidate learning across The Arts.

    • Imagine you are a theatre critic. Write a critique of a movie or theatre production you have reviewed. What voices are present in the piece? Whose are missing and why?

    • Create a mask or visual effect to represent the moods of different characters in your favourite play or drama.
    • Why might theatrical performances be important to in times when very few people could read and write? Why might theatrical performances be important to language learners?

    • Think about your exposure to music from when you were born until now. How has the role of music in your life changed?

    • Consider the music that you notice or enjoy in your environment. What factors might influence someone to compose a particular type of music?

    • Write a review or critique of a song or album that explain how successful it was in engaging the audience and portraying an overall theme or message.

    • Explore the idea of cultural appropriation by historical and contemporary artists. How can artists incorporate the work of other artists or cultural traditions to make original art while also showing respect for others?
    • Explore how stereotypes can be reinforced or challenged in art works.
    • Create a stop motion animation that tells a simple story and demonstrates the principle of movement through sequential images in which the character or object moves in relation to the frame.
    • Explore and interpret images of social issues that are explored in historical arts works, contemporary art works and media works.

Vocabulary

Review this list of vocabulary associated with the curriculum. Practice spelling, research definitions, and find these vocabulary words when engaging with the TVO resources or completing learning activities.

Students should understand and be able to apply these words in context.

action

fluidity

freeze

inaction

isolation of body parts

levels

opposition

percussion

performance space

shape

stillness

weight transfer

 

corridor of voices

character

role on the wall

improvisation

soundscape

role play

tension

 

major/ minor tonality

chromatic scale

tone colour

monophonic

homophonic

polyphonic

minuet

musical notation

 

 

 

time and place

directional lines

foreshortening

gradation in size

illusionary space

illusionary texture

motifs

one point perspective

real texture

tertiary colours

two point perspective

weights of forms

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