905-894-3461 576 Ridge Road, Ridgeway, ON L0S 1N0


Program Leader: Mr. J Wieler

The art and drama classrooms at RCBHS provide a safe haven for children to express themselves at
school in an open, stimulating and nurturing environment. At RCBHS we aim to promote self-esteem, while teaching our students to respect the individual identities of those around them. We aim to teach our students to think openly and to have confidence in their opinions on life and the world around us. Art
represents a culture of questioners rather than a culture of responders, and our students learn that there is often more than one solution to a problem. Since most questions regarding a piece of art do not always have specific answers, students are encouraged to think critically about creative problems.

Dramatic Arts Teacher: Mr. J Wieler
Courses Offered: Dramatic Arts Grades 9-12  [ADA10, ADA20, ADA3M, ADA4M]

Come and join us in our Dramatic Art courses, where students develop their creative selves. Our courses use material from a wide range of authors, genres, and cultures. Students will construct, discuss, perform, and analyse drama, and then reflect on the experiences to develop an understanding of themselves, the art form, and the world around them. The drama courses hope to inspire Grade 9 students and beyond to become great communicators.

Visual Arts Teacher: Ms. S Palencar
Courses Offered: Visual Arts Grades 9-12  [AVI10, AV120, AVI3M, AVI4M]

Come and join us in our Visual Art courses, where students develop their creative and critical thinking skills by practicing ongoing studio techniques + etiquette. We also examine various cultures in art history, and learn about art theory. In the Art Studio, the focus is on providing opportunities to develop a solid foundation in the creative process, from concept to design with student artworks.

Types of media that we explore in the Art Studio: various dry media (pencil, charcoal, conte, chalk + oil pastels), pen + ink, acrylic paint, clay design + sculpture, found object + other types of sculpture, collage, photography, printmaking and mixed media. Visual Arts Students also keep a personal sketchbook/visual journal, which is vital for artistic growth and also for developing intuitively creative skills over the semester.

Student Examples from the Grade 11 Pen + Ink Project:



Being able to think on your feet, approach tasks from different perspectives and think ‘outside of the
box’ will distinguish your child from others. If children have practicethinking creatively, it will come
naturally to them now and in their future career.

The skills developed in visual arts and theatre challenge students to
convincingly deliver a message with confidence. Confidence is one of the most important success builders inthe classroom and beyond. The visual and dramatic arts are ideal confidence builders in Grade 9 and beyond.

Artistic creations are born through the solving of problems. How do I turn this clay into a sculpture? How do I portray a particular emotion? How will my character react in this situation? All this practice problem solving develops children’s skills in reasoning and understanding.

In an increasingly competitive world, where people are being asked to continually develop new skills, perseverance is essential to achieving success.

Through experiences with the arts, students are taught to sharpen their communication skills, both verbal and non-verbal. Students become comfortable communicating their ideas about the world around them to others.

Most arts disciplines are collaborative in nature. Through the arts, children practice working together, sharing responsibility, and compromising with others to accomplish a common goal.

Receiving constructive feedback about a performance or visual art piece is a regular part of any arts instruction. Children learn that feedback is part of learning and it is not something to be offended by or to be taken personally. It is something helpful.