Welcome to St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Secondary School

Striving For Excellence! Developing Christian leaders, responsible citizens & life-long learners.

Fine arts students develop artistic skills, creativity, self-discipline, self-motivation and self-confidence.

Through study and participation in the Fine Arts, students develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge needed for lifelong learning and to meet the challenges of the changing workplace and world. The Fine Arts Department plays an integral role in forming the well-rounded student and provides extra-curricular activities to further enhance their skills. From annual productions and improvisation teams to Sound Crew and Art Club, opportunities abound in the Arts at STA.

The Fine Arts Department at S.T.A. offers courses in:

Visual Arts (Grades 8 to 12)

Media Arts (Grades 11 & 12)

Drama (Grades 8 to 12)

Music (Concert Band, Grades 8 to 12, Jazz Ensembles - Junior & Senior)

Choir (Grades 8 to 12, Concert & Chamber Choir)

Each year students participate in art exhibitions, drama performances and music concerts and festivals.

FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT

Ms. McAllister Department Head
Drama 8, Drama 9, Drama 10, Acting 11/12
mcallister@aquinas.org
Mr. Guy Music 8, Music 9, Music 10 vguy@aquinas.org
Mr. Horton Music 11, Music 12 th88@aquinas.org
Ms. T Macek Art 8, Art 9, Art 10, Art 11, Art 12 tmacek@aquinas.org
Mrs. Rebane Choral 8-12 rebane@aquinas.org

Arts

Art 8, 9 and 10 are one term courses.
Art 11 and Art 12 are full year courses. 

The Art courses, give students the opportunity to enhance their creativity and develop their artistic skills.  All courses begin with students learning the following Perceptual Skills:  The perception of edges, positive shapes and negative spaces, lights and darks, and relationships.  These skills come together, and students are able to draw. 

Art courses are organized under the following activities:

1.  Image Development and Design Strategies - how to develop a work of art. 

2.  Context - how to express cultural, historical, religious, political, and personal messages while studying the various Art Movements. 

3.  Visual Elements and Principles of Design - how to use the visual ingredients and tools of art. 

4.  Materials, Technologies, and Processes - exploring various media, and ways to create art. 

We explore the following areas:
Drawing, Painting, Graphic Design, Ceramics & Sculpture, and Fabric Arts. The Art room is filled with amazing supplies, and various media to try out. 

In Art 11 and Art 12, students develop an extensive portfolio. These can be used to present works for post secondary Art Schools and Scholarships. 

Music

Concert Band

Concert & Chamber Choir

Jazz Ensembles 

Drama

Drama 8: Offered as a half-year course

Drama 9: Offered as a half-year course

Drama 10: Offered as a half-year course

Acting11/12: Offered as a full year course

Students enrolled in Drama and Acting are given the opportunity to join our extracurricular Improv Team as well as our Theatre Production.