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Quantum Arts Program

March 25, 2021

Quantum Art Program is an arts education program funded by the Children’s Heritage Fund for students in Grades 5 through 8 and 9 through 12.

Programs:

Grades 5 through 8

Winnipeg Art Gallery



This is an ambitious and demanding program that requires students to be self-motivated, willing to try new things and able to work both independently and as part of a group. Students are involved in a large group project as well as a series of smaller, individual projects that employ a variety of drawing and painting materials and clay or other sculptural materials.

The program is structured but open-ended enough to allow for self-expression. Projects are based on themes that allow for a broad scope of artistic possibilities and intend to expand the students’ definitions of visual art practice. Themes often involve historical and literary components to add depth and richness to the visual research and exploration.

A presentation demonstrating the development of the students’ projects takes place at the Quantum Arts Finale.

After the formal presentations, a small reception is held, where a mini exhibition of the students’ work will be on display.

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Royal Winnipeg Ballet School

(Recreational Division)

Day 1 (January 21): Students will be greeted at the RWB building and taken on a tour of the state-of-the art facility followed by fittings for bodysuit and tights (girls) and t-shirt and shorts (boys) and an orientation given by teachers.

A parent/guardian or school official is encouraged to attend orientation with each student.

Regular dance classes will begin on January 23 and over the course of the program the students will receive instruction in three
dance disciplines:

  • Ballet: Ballet technique provides a solid foundation of all dance forms. The structure and discipline of ballet allows young students to develop balance, poise, flexibility and strength. A pianist accompanies these classes.
  • Jazz: High-energy classes using a wide variety of energetic movements set to popular music. This discipline offers students an exciting way to enjoy the benefits
    of dance training.
  • Modern: In modern class students will explore a wide range of movement and creativity, increase their flexibility and acquire keen body awareness. A percussionist accompanies these classes.

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Prairie Theatre Exchange


Musical Theatre
For Grades 5-6 – Are the songs from your favourite musicals constantly stuck in your head?  Would you love to be acting, singing and dancing?  Would you like to take your performance skills to the next level? If you screamed “YES” to any of these questions, then you’ll love this class! Lead by a Musical Theatre Professional, students will have a blast belting out show tunes, learning dynamic choreography and creating vibrant characters. The year culminates with a stage presentation of an original cabaret creation at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

An Intro Improv
For Grades 7-8 – This lively and entertaining class is a great way to experience the creative teamwork that makes theatre happen. Master improv instructors will introduce students to the art of improvising through theatre exercises, improv games (including Theatre Sports) and group interaction. Improvisational theatre develops listening skills, collaboration skills, flexibility, spontaneity, creativity and self conference. The year culminates with a stage presentation of these dramatic works the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

Program Schedules

Winnipeg Art Gallery
Grades 5/6 and Grades 7/8
Days:    Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time:     1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Dates:     January 21 to March 12

Royal Winnipeg Ballet School
(Recreational Division)
Grades 5/6 and Grades 7/8
Days:     Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time:     1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Dates:     January 21 to March 12
*Students are required to bring a lock for a locker where they will store their valuables while they participate in the classes.

Prairie Theatre Exchange
Grades 5/6 — Musical Theatre
Days:    Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time:    1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Dates:    January 21 to March 12
Grades 7/8 — An Introduction to Acting
Days:    Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time:    1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Dates:    January 21 to March 12

*All classes run both days for 8 weeks

Bus tickets

Bus tickets will be provided by the WSD for the programs. They will be distributed to students prior to classes beginning. Transportation is not the responsibility of the participating organizations.

Finale

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Dates: March 12
Place: Muriel Richardson Auditorium at the Winnipeg Art Gallery
This finale will highlight works created by students in the Quantum Arts Program, hosted by the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School (Recreational Division) and Prairie Theatre Exchange.

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Grades 9-12

Winnipeg Art Gallery - 9 through 12

Sponsored by Children’s Heritage Fund


This is an ambitious and demanding program that requires students to be self-motivated, willing to try new things and able to work both independently and as part of a group.

Students are involved in a large group project as well as a series of smaller individual projects that employ a variety of materials.

The program is structured but open-ended enough to allow for self-expression. Projects are based on themes that allow for a broad scope of artistic possibilities and intend to expand the students’ definitions of visual art practice. Themes often involve historical or literary components to add depth and richness to the visual research and exploration.

The program will focus on bridging the gap between high school and post-secondary art programs or professional practice.

Student selection criteria

  1. Likes to participate in art activities; eager to express ideas visually.
  2. Arrives at creative solutions to problems; willing to experiment.
  3. Able to concentrate or long periods of time on art projects.
  4. Sensitive to his/her environment; a keen observer.
  5. Self-motivated; able to work in a group and independently.

Program Schedule

Students in this program will present their work and participate in the installation of an art show that takes place at WAG Studio Building at the end of the program in December.

This program will take place during the fall classes session.

Winnipeg Art Gallery
Grades 9-12
Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Dates: October 24 to December 17
*A total of 16 classes

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The Basics of Film Introduction - Grades 9 through 12

Sponsored by Children’s Heritage Fund, Winnipeg School Division & Winnipeg Film Group



Program Schedule

Section 1

Aesthetics–The Elements of Film

Week 1
Tuesday - January 14
Introduction to the basic outline of the program structure and the 10 weeks of workshops. Students and coordinator build, breakdown, block, and direct a scene together learning how to incorporate filmic storytelling devices such as: set(s), props, acting technique, text, and directing.

Thursday - January 16
Camera workshop
Camera technique and technical principles are discussed in a practical, hands on workshop with a professional film technician and a camera. Students shoot a scene and learn how to tell story filmically — implementing the principles of mood, power shifts, character and script development.

Week 2
Tuesday - January 21
Lighting workshop
Film lighting is explored with a professional film technician. Lights are discussed in a hands on workshop in which students light objects in several ways and see how each can lend itself to characters, tension, pacing, and story.

Thursday - January 23
Script building and writing workshop
Scriptwriting techniques are explored. The story triangle and how to develop primary and secondary characters, text, and subtext, are taught and developed. Students, with the help of a professional writer, discuss possible methods that maybe applied to developing scripts, and together, develop a concept to be written for the Quantum film to be shot in week #7. Students begin “writing” story pieces for the concept.

Week 3
Tuesday - January 28
Actor - director relationship workshop
Techniques used in developing characters quickly and filmically, subtext, film acting objective-motivation, and basic tricks used in expediting the direction of acting in film are all explored in a hands on workshop. Students take the roles of both director and actor and build scenes with the emphasis on this relationship.

Thursday - January 30
Lumiere Brothers’ workshop
Students are introduced to the inventors of the Cinematographe’ and the first ever “moving picture stories” - the Lumiere Brothers. Several “Lumiere style” shorts from the 100 year anniversary video — “Lumiere and co” are viewed. Students break into partnerships of two-three and develop their own, one-take/one-minute “Lumiere” style short film.

Week 4
Tuesday - February 4
Lumiere Brothers’ workshop - shoot and review
Students block, direct, and shoot their one-minute/one-take Lumiere style short films. We watch and review, exploring in the context on how this style helped develop film making as we know it today.

Thursday - February 6
Class watches a feature length film. Up to this point, the class has learned to “build” a film artistically, creatively, and technically. Together, we now break down a film and discuss all the components learned to date that helped make the film what it is — or isn’t!

Section 2
Production–Capturing the Image

Week 5
Tuesday - February 11
The film concept for our Quantum shoot has been written and is brought to the class and distributed among the students. We discuss the methods we will use to shoot it in week #7. Crew positions are taught and assigned and the outline of our “pre-production” week #6 is discussed and planned.

Thursday - February 13
Specific camera and technical plan workshop
The specific technical plan for the shoot in week #7 is discussed. A professional film technician goes over the plan with the students and together they prep the look, lighting, texture, “feel” plan for the up coming shoot, with a light kit and the camera the tech recommends for the shoot (but BASED on the students’ vision).

Week 6
Tuesday - February 18
“Pre-production” Day 1
The crew plans for the shoot. Crew positions have been discussed, the responsibilities per “department” have been outlined and the students prep accordingly.

Thursday - February 20
“Pre-production” Day 2
The students continue and complete preparation for the shoot.

Week 7
Tuesday - February 25
Shoot Day 1
The students, with a professional film technician, film equipment, and professional actors, begin shooting their Quantum film in the Winnipeg Film Group Studio.


Thursday - February 27
Shoot Day 2
Students continue and complete short Quantum film.

Week 8
Tuesday - March 3
Students talk about the shoot - what went well, what went wrong, what they would have done differently. Students break down and examine filmic elements as they have learned them, in feature film we watched in Week #4.

Thursday - March 5
Edit Day 1
Students are taught FinalCut and basic film editing techniques and principles with a professional film editor. The students, with the editor’s guidance, begin editing their Quantum short film.

Week 9
Tuesday - March 10
Edit Day 2
Students and editor instructor complete the edit of Quantum short film.

Thursday - March 12
Students are welcome to bring to class any scene(s) from a film they have seen or particularly like to view, examine, break down, talk about from any filmic perspective or with specific attention to any filmic element they have learned in Quantum.

Week 10
Tuesday - March 17
Screening of Quantum final product at Cinematheque.
Representatives of the Winnipeg Film Group and Video Pool speak to the students regarding their respective organizations before the screening. The product is screened. Pizza party in the Winnipeg Film Group studio afterwards. Friends, family, and school contacts are all welcome to attend the program Finale. (100 Arthur Street from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.)

The Winnipeg Film Group is pleased to once again offer The Basics of Film course designed for students in Grades 9-12. This course is an exciting introduction to the world of film making and is divided into two sections:

Aesthetics–The Elements of Film and Production–Capturing the Image.

In the first section, students are introduced to the aesthetic elements involved in the production of cinema.

They will explore the uses of camera, light, sound and editing to tell a story for the screen.

An important aspect to this section is that the students are encouraged to aggressively dissect the viewing material, breaking down their normal viewing passivity and promoting intelligent, critical thought.

In the second section, the students will work on a short production. The students will write, direct, light and edit their own short project. Due to the expense and mechanics of film (there are no labs to process film in Manitoba), the final presentation of the class will be shot on video.


Winnipeg Film Group Studio in the Artspace building

304-100 Arthur Street

Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays

(Twice a week for 10 weeks)

Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Dates: January 14 to March 17

Bus tickets

Bus tickets will be provided by the WSD for the programs. They will be distributed to students prior to classes beginning. Transportation is not the responsibility of the participating organizations.

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Play Creation Through Improv - Grades 9 through 12

PTE Theatre and Film School

Sponsored by Children’s Heritage Fund

Prairie Theatre Exchange Theatre and Film School provides a film acting course for Winnipeg School Division’s Quantum Arts Program.

Program

Improv is a great way to boost creativity, spark the imagination, develop characters and understand the nature of conflict and provide situations to further plot and build dynamic scenes.

PTE’s expert Improv Instructors will lead students in learning productive improv techniques with the aim to show students how improv can be part of their creative process in devising their own sketches, scenes and short plays.

The goals for the students will be to develop their own sketches for presentation in their final class.

When considering this program for your teen, please consider the following commitment:

Attendance: This course covers a very large amount of information in a relatively short amount of time, which means there will be little opportunity available to catch up on missed classes. Regular attendance is crucial to your teen’s success in this program.

Commitment: In this program, students must rely upon each other to complete specific projects and assignments. Students must be committed to the program and their projects to make the course run effectively.

Interest: Film acting at times can be quite theoretical, because of this, it is important that students take an interest in learning all aspects of the program. This will allow the program to be a rewarding experience for everyone.

Respect: Respect for fellow students, instructors, staff and equipment is crucial. Disrespectful behaviour will not be tolerated and may result in dismissal from the program.

Communication: It is important that the lines of communication between staff, students and parents remain open. We will do our best to keep students and parents informed of what is happening in the program and we expect the same in return.

Program Schedule

Prairie Theatre Exchange

Third Floor, Portage Place

Grades 9-12

Days: Tuesdays

Time: 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Dates: January 21 to March 10, 2020

*Once a week for eight weeks

Presentation

Students will present their creative sketches:
March 10, 2020
6:00 p.m.
Open to all family and friends
Colin Jackson Studio Theatre,
Prairie Theatre Exchange
3rd Floor, Portage Place
Unit Y300-393 Portage Avenue

Bus tickets

Bus tickets will be provided by the WSD for the program. They will be distributed to students prior to classes beginning. Transportation is not the responsibility of the participating organizations.

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Parking


Quantum students coming to the Winnipeg Art Gallery report to the lobby of  the gallery at 300 Memorial Blvd, where you will meet your instructors.
 
After the first class, please come to the WAG Studio entrance located down the ramp on Colony Street. This interim location is in place as the Gallery works to develop the WAG Inuit Art Centre, currently under construction at the corner of Memorial and St. Mary Avenue.
 
There is metered parking on Memorial Boulevard, St. Mary Ave., and Colony St.; ImPark (The Bay parkade) across the street, and in parking lots on Good Street behind the Sussex Realty Building.

No Parking in the lot behind the WAG — This is paid staff parking.


Contacts

Quantum Arts Program
Grades 5 through 8

Cara Mason
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Phone: 204-789-0519

Seraph-Eden Boroditsky
Prairie Theatre Exchange
Phone: 204-925-5253

Katrin Benedictson
Royal Winnipeg Ballet School
Phone: 204-957-3449
Email: kbenedictson@rwb.org

Winnipeg Art Gallery
Grades 9 through 12


Cara Mason
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Phone: 204-789-0519

The Basics of Film Introduction
Grades 9 through 12

Ben Williams
Production Centre Director
Phone: 204-925-3456 ext. 109
Email: ben@winnipegfilmgroup.com
Winnipeg Film Group
100 Arthur Street

Charlene Moore
Training Coordinator
Phone: 204-396-6754
Email: training@winnipegfilmgroup.com
Winnipeg Film Group
100 Arthur Street

Play Creation Through Improv

Grades 9 through 12

Seraph-Eden Boroditsky
Education & Tour Coordinator
Prairie Theatre Exchange
Phone: 204-925-5253


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