The Arts Education program at Aspengrove consists of drama, music, and visual arts. Starting in Junior Kindergarten, all students participate in learning the 3 art forms. The Arts Faculty are passionate educators who are specialists in their fields. In addition to teaching at Aspengrove, they produce professional art & music productions on Vancouver Island. Both the Performing Arts & Visual Arts programs challenge students to examine and reflect on themselves and the world around them.
The Performing Arts Program is made up of drama and music. Students learn risk-taking, inquiry, teamwork, respect, problem solving, and responsibility – and have lots of fun at the same time! Beyond the classroom program, there are extracurricular opportunities for students to participate in choir, band, and drama.
The Visual Arts Program encourages students to discover their personal style and develop their skills beyond imitation. By developing curiosity about themselves, others and the world, students become effective learners, inquirers and creative problem solvers. At the end of grade 12, students who study visual arts as part of the Diploma Programme have the opportunity to display two years of their work in an art show. It is a proud moment for the young artists, their friends, family and the school community.
A highlight of the performing arts curricular and extracurricular programs is our annual music and theatre productions, which utilize Nanaimo’s professional stages to bring the very best opportunities for our students. These shows give opportunities for all students from acting, singing and dancing to stage management, costuming, choreography and crew.
Junior & middle years
The International Baccalaureate Arts program offers a broad range of experiences to introduce foundations of the Arts. In the Junior Years, students study a broad range of visual, music, and the performing arts. The Arts in Grades 6-9 consists of half a year of drama and music (band focus) and half a year of visual arts. Beyond the daytime program, students can participate in a variety of extracurricular bands and theatre.
Students are guided to create and present art in ways that engage and convey their own feelings, experiences and ideas. Ongoing reflection, along with teacher feedback, allows students to identify their progress and challenge themselves to reach a higher level of skill and understanding.
junior & senior band
Junior Band is for students in Grades 5-8 who are interested in continuing playing in a concert band setting, and are learning foundational skills on their instruments. Senior Band is an auditioned band that tours and participates in festivals. This band has qualified for MusicFest Canada and has travelled as far as Cuba. The band has been invited once again to MusicFest Canada in Niagara Falls in 2021.
ravenous jazz band
Aspengrove’s Jazz Band performs regularly in the community and at various events. This fun band is comprised of students and faculty and also often forms the core of the pit band for Aspengrove’s musical theatre productions.
senior visual arts
Students in the Diploma Programme (DP) follow a two-year course that combines a variety of art-making skills and techniques, art history, and an exploration of personal expression. In the second year, students focus on their own independent study, while they are supported in the studio by their teacher, peers and other professionals in the visual arts field.
grade 10 performing arts
In Grade 10, students participate in a full year course which focuses on drama and music. As the International Baccalaureate program emphasizes strong foundations, creativity, and synthesis of learning, the Grade 10 Performing Arts program culminates in students producing a one-act comedic play for the Vancouver Island Drama Festival and creating a blues chart for a small combo.