Visual Arts

Visual Arts Faculty
John Luna
Soleil Mannion
Peggy Elmes
David Hunwick
Lulu McCallum
Jim Ganley

At Brentwood we take great delight in the student artwork proudly displayed in our hallways and galleries. By the grace of our hands, objects of beauty, persuasion, and intrigue are created. When the rugby games have ended and the final exams are marked, our artistic creations remain, reminders of the inspiring moments found here on the shores of Mill Bay.

3D Design-SculptureFine Art Photography 
Digital PhotographyTraditional Photography
PhotojournalismDrawing and Painting
Art FoundationArt Rotation 9
3D PotteryHand Built Pottery
The visual arts studio in the CAH

The  programme has provided me with the opportunity to dive into a ton of different aspects of the visual arts.  I have up to 4 hours every Monday, Wednesday and Friday that I can spend doing the art of my choice. There’s pottery, drawing and painting, sculpture, studio art and digital photography for students to participate in. From experimenting with colors and textures in drawing and painting, or expressing my unique artistic abilities in studio art, I’m never bored on an Art’s day. No matter which classroom I walk into, I’m guaranteed to find fellow students happily working away on their various projects, taking advantage of the large variety in Brentwood’s visual arts. - Mack S '14

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A students drawing in the arts studio
Boys drawing in art class
The gallery in Centre for Arts and Humanities
A student drawing outdoors
A pottery student throwing
A student works on an art project
An art project in progress
A classroom hard at workin sculpture
A student painting in art class
A student throwing a pot
Working on an art project

Jim Ganley

B.A. (Trent), B.Ed. (Toronto), M.A. (Toronto) English, Brentwood Blog, Yearbook, Website News

Parents with a sense of adventure took Jim from his childhood home in sleepy Peterborough, Ontario, to encounter his adolescence in Kingston, Jamaica and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Along the way, he attended numerous independent schools as either a student or teacher. These included  International School of Tanganyika, Lakefield College, Trinity College, and Shawnigan Lake School. In between, Mr. Ganley earned an Honours B.A. in English from Trent, a B.Ed. and M.A. from the University of Toronto and developed a passion for travelling backwards over water in narrow rowing shells which he pursued enthusiastically for 25 years. Jim is currently the editor of the Yearbook, Brentwood Blog and Website News. Jim and his wife, Jillian, are raising their three children in the peaceful beauty of the Cowichan Valley. In moments of boyish indulgence, Jim can be found playing hockey with similar, silver-haired skaters at the Kerry Park Arena.

3D Animation

The basics of 3D animation will be delivered to students who are interested in learning this creative field. No prior experience is required and is open to students in all grades. The complex topic of 3D animation will require students to be comfortable using technology and have the ability to remember detailed workflow patterns. Software is freely available to students; however minimum system requirements may be a barrier to working outside of the media lab. Upon completion of the course students will be able to generate a complete 3D scene with basic animations.

Traditional Photography 10-12

Beginner Traditional Photography 10-12

This course introduces beginner photographers to traditional (film and darkroom) photography. Through hands-on assignments beginners learn about the camera's creative tools, camera accessories and basic darkroom skills. Challenging but fun assignments will lead students through a number of exercises that lead to the making of great photographs while using traditional equipment and techniques. Rental cameras are available for the course duration.

Advanced Traditional Photography 11/12

This course explores advanced techniques of traditional photography including: a deeper exploration of the camera's creative tools; the use of specialized films and camera accessories; studio lighting and advanced darkroom skills in a professional level darkroom. Challenging assignments will provide an introduction to such diverse techniques as multiple exposures, negative sandwiches, contrast control with filters, motion in a still image and hand colouring and toning.  Rental cameras are available for the course duration. *Please note that course entry requires completion of the Beginners Traditional Photography course.

Photojournalism 9-12

Students in photojournalism publish superbly crafted articles on the school website fortnightly. They cover school events and people, take their own photos, and bask in the glory of an audience of more than 2000 readers. If you love to write, do it very well, and can meet firm deadlines, then please contact Mr. Ganley.

Woodworking 9-12

Beginner Level/Intermediate level

During this course you will learn how to use the machine and hand tools to construct various wood projects. In term 1 and 2 you would work on assigned tasks and learn how to cut, create wood joints, sand and apply stains, waxes and other finishes to your projects. There is both a design and theory component to this course in addition to using the workshop. In term 3 you will design and work on your own personal wood project.

Art Rotation 9

Unless you are enrolled in Wind Ensemble, Grade 9’s will have one rotation per term in these Foundation Arts.

Art Rotation 2D

In 2D Art Foundations, students explore fundamental aspects of 2D design, such as line, shape, value, symmetry, colour and rhythm, while encountering new materials like charcoal, Conté crayon,pastel, ink and watercolour. We explore lively and challenging activities including self-portraiture, expressive mark-making, found object collage and outdoor drawing while looking at examples of work from master artists for education and inspiration. No previous visual art experience is required

Art Rotation 3D

This course will explore various elements of 3D design ( line, shape, form, texture, pattern) and use a wide range of materials to explore those elements and to develop their own design skills and personal expression. Some of the projects include forming relief and 3D cardboard structures; constructing wire sculptures; creating sculptures using elements from nature and carving soap stone. This is a very hands on course and is aimed at developing 3D construction skills in addition to understanding the concepts of 3D design and creating sculptural forms.

Art Rotation Drama

Welcome to the Drama 9 Arts Rotation Programme. In this exploratory course students will learn a wide range of techniques including improvisation, pantomime, and technical aspects of theater. Theater history is a rich possession; therefore, students will learn a brief history of the theater from the primitive ages until the present. We will have an opportunity to learn and discuss cinematography as well as other elements of film so students can intellectually critique a film. Along the way students will: spark their imaginations and nurture their sense of humour; build confidence; heighten sensitivity and empathy; refine listening, speaking and movement skills; expand self-worth and promote tolerance, while learning how to think objectively, criticize constructively, act courteously and stay focused; and discovering how to effectively express oneself in a manner that helps, not harms the human race. Drama means to practice living.

Art Rotation Public Speaking

This course will develop an awareness of the importance of oral communication and begin to build the necessary skills and confidence to speak well in public. Activities will include nonverbal communication, such as movement and body language, as well as, verbal activities such as impromptu and persuasive speeches, oral reading and an introduction to debating. Students will be encouraged to use the skills and confidence developed in Public Speaking to enhance their class presentations in other courses.

Fine Art of Photography 12

This course is intended for those digital and traditional photography students doing a third year of photography and who have a strong interest in creating photographic art. The course includes the continuing exploration of the camera's creative tools, advanced darkroom (electronic and traditional) skills, hand making prints, toning and hand colouring, optional introduction to medium format photography using school cameras, and effective presentation and display of your completed photographs. To end the school year, students will stage and host an art photography exhibit of their work in a in downtown Duncan, as well as will leave the program with a university-ready portfolio of their year’s work. Grade 12 second year photography students can request to enter this program with a submission of a portfolio.This course is intended for those digital and traditional photography students doing a third year of photography and who have a strong interest in creating photographic art. The course includes the continuing exploration of the camera's creative tools, advanced darkroom (electronic and traditional) skills, hand making prints, toning and hand colouring, optional introduction to medium format photography using school cameras, and effective presentation and display of your completed photographs. To end the school year, students will stage and host an art photography exhibit of their work in a in downtown Duncan, as well as will leave the program with a university-ready portfolio of their year’s work. Grade 12 second year photography students can request to enter this program with a submission of a portfolio.

Advanced Traditional Photography 11/12

This course explores many advanced techniques including: a deeper exploration of the camera's creative tools, the use of specialized films and camera accessories, studio lighting and advanced darkroom skills. Challenging assignments will provide an introduction to such diverse techniques as multiple exposures, negative sandwiches, contrast control with filters, and motion in a still image.

Digital Photography 11-12

Introduction to Digital Photography 11/12

This course introduces the student to digital photography and photo editing. The program also explores many advanced techniques including: a deeper exploration of the camera's creative tools, the use of specialized camera accessories and studio lighting. Challenging assignments will provide an introduction to the potential of digital photography in a student’s future occupational and educational activities. Students will require a digital SLR camera, a laptop computer that can accommodate the needs of digital photo processing and a hard drive to back up image files. The school will provide Photoshop CS for editing purposes.

*Please note that course entry requires completion of the Beginners Traditional Photography course.

3D Pottery 10-12

This course teaches hand-built and wheel-thrown pottery for students who are complete beginners and to those who have had some experience (a year or more). It is designed to teach art through the medium of clay so that elements of design are understood at the same time as the technical processes of pottery are learned. This includes building pots by hand, learning to use the wheel and glazing and firing.

3D Design 10-12

Beginner Level

This course will focus on idea development, using both traditional and nontraditional three-dimensional materials. During this course students will explore ways of creating both functional forms (product design) and also sculptural forms. Students will acquire skills in a wide range of techniques and materials, including found-object manipulation, paper, cardboard, soapstone, wood construction, mold-making and casting.

Intermediate level

This course will focus on idea development, using both traditional and nontraditional three-dimensional materials. During this course students will explore ways of creating both functional forms (product design) and also sculptural forms. Students will acquire skills in a wide range of techniques and materials, including found-object manipulation, paper, cardboard, soapstone, wood construction, mold-making and casting.

Advanced level

During this course students will explore ways of creating both functional forms (product design) and also sculptural forms using a wide range of  traditional and nontraditional three-dimensional materials. Students will acquire skills in a wide range of techniques and materials, including clay, cardboard, soapstone, wood construction, mold-making and casting.

Peggy Elmes

B.Ed. (UBC) Ceramics

Although Peggy Elmes grew up in Vancouver and spent many rainy West Coast days playing in the mud, her interest in pottery only began after she enrolled in high school art class. She went on to earn her degree in Art Education from UBC in 1981 and has been teaching high school art ever since. During previous teaching contracts in public school, she served as guidance counsellor and art teacher. Her disciplines include drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and photography. She joined Brentwood in 1996 to teach ceramics and enjoys helping young artists find their true talents in that glorious mud called clay. In 2006, she joined the staff of Rogers House and is a surrogate "mum" to 50 boys. Mrs. Elmes is also a working ceramic artist in her studio, River's Edge Pottery. She is involved in a variety of local shows and many of her pieces have been collected internationally.

David Hunwick

B.A. (Ravensbourne), 3-D Design

David graduated from the sculpture program at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design (London, UK) in 1985. After graduating, he trained as a teacher of art and design; he has been teaching and exhibiting for over 30 years. His sculptures can be found in many private and public collections in the UK, Australia, Germany, and Canada. In 2001 David immigrated to Canada and continued to teach and exhibit. In 2008 David set up The Sculpture Studio located in downtown Victoria. David specializes in the instruction of mould making, casting, and expressive sculpture. In 2009-2010 David was commissioned to work on The Blue Whale Project for UBC, moulding and casting over 71 pieces of the blue whale skeleton as well as re-sculpting the skull. In 2012, David worked as artist-in-residence at the Gitskan Art Centre in Hazelton, teaching First Nations carvers how to mould and cast their artifacts and also moulded and cast an 8 ft totem. In September 2013, David started teaching in the exceptional 3-D design facilities at Brentwood. In his spare time he enjoys outdoor pursuits, theatre, travelling, and interpretative dance. He is the proud father of two sons and two cats. 

Soleil Mannion

Soleil Mannion

B.A. (VIU), Art 2-D, Drawing & Painting, Gallery Curator, Fitness Fusion

Soleil Mannion is a graduate of the Chrysalis Theatre School, London, England where she studied drama, dance, and costume design. She worked as an actress and taught drama and costume design at Ruskin Mill College for many years before returning to Canada. More recently she graduated from Vancouver Island University where she studied Fine Arts and has had much success with her oil paintings since graduating in 2009. When not at Brentwood, Soleil can be found covered in paint in her Mill Bay studio where she is currently working on a series of 101 paintings.

John Luna

M.F.A. (Calgary), B.F.A. (Victoria) Foundation Art, Studio Art AP, Art History

Born in Victoria, where he completed programs at both the Victoria College of Art and the University of Victoria, Mr. Luna has spent the past nine years balancing a love of teaching with pursuits in painting, sculpture and installation work and writing art criticism. He has exhibited and curated installations of painting in connection to poetry, video, sculpture and historical artifacts, in Victoria, Kelowna, Calgary (where he earned an MFA), Edmonton, Portland, San Diego and San Francisco, as well as publishing catalogue essays and criticism in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Los Angeles and Jakarta. He has taught at the Vancouver Island School of Art, the University of Victoria, the University of Lethbridge, the University of Calgary and the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts, and is delighted to have in Brentwood a captive audience for both art history lectures (featuring liberal amounts of drawing) and studio classes (with impromptu slide shows.) When not teaching, Mr. Luna enjoys his cheerful, exhausting family and menagerie.

Lulu McCallum

B.Ed. (Victoria), Mackenzie Assistant Houseparent, English, Drama

Lulu McCallum was born in East London, South Africa and grew up in Durban. The McCallum family moved throughout Europe and finally settled in the Cowichan Valley. Despite this somewhat peripatetic childhood, she “considers herself completely Canadian with a South African flare.” After graduating from the University of Victoria with her B. Ed. in 2010, Lulu taught English and Visual Arts in Wujiang, China for two years. While teaching in China she traveled extensively throughout Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, Korea, and Tibet. An advocate of athleticism and blessed with very high energy levels, Lulu has cycled 1,800 km through Vietnam, hiked to Mount Everest base camp, explored Angkor Thom in Cambodia, and buzzed through the Great Wall of China half-marathon in Beijing. At Brentwood, Ms McCallum leads adventures in English, Drama, and Outdoor Pursuits. As an assistant houseparent, she now finds herself firmly ensconced in Mackenzie House with her partner and fellow cycling enthusiast, Paul, and Kira, the cat.

3D Design 10-12

Beginner Level

This course will focus on idea development, using both traditional and nontraditional three-dimensional materials. During this course students will explore ways of creating both functional forms (product design) and also sculptural forms. Students will acquire skills in a wide range of techniques and materials, including found-object manipulation, paper, cardboard, soapstone, wood construction, mold-making and casting.

Intermediate level

This course will focus on idea development, using both traditional and nontraditional three-dimensional materials. During this course students will explore ways of creating both functional forms (product design) and also sculptural forms. Students will acquire skills in a wide range of techniques and materials, including found-object manipulation, paper, cardboard, soapstone, wood construction, mold-making and casting.

Advanced level

During this course students will explore ways of creating both functional forms (product design) and also sculptural forms using a wide range of  traditional and nontraditional three-dimensional materials. Students will acquire skills in a wide range of techniques and materials, including clay, cardboard, soapstone, wood construction, mold-making and casting.

Hand Built Pottery 9-12

In this exploratory course students will learn a wide range of techniques including wedging, pinch method, coil building, slab construction, molds, sculpture, decoration and glazing. Students will be expected to assimilate the Art Foundations in order to achieve mastery of this course. All students will review or be introduced to the Elements and Principles of Design, Historical and Contemporary Developments, and classroom Art Critiques. Personal growth will be encouraged through the development of original and individual projects. A variety of instructional methods will be used. These include consultation with individual students as they are engaged in studio projects, lectures, demonstrations, class discussions, presentations and critiques. Visual materials will include books, reproductions, and examples. Learning about ceramics is essentially experiential and as such, students are encouraged to experiment and take risks with materials while developing personal flare in their work.

Pottery

A student works on pottery

The course teaches hand-built and wheel-thrown pottery for students who are complete beginners and for those who have had some experience (a year or more). It is designed to teach art through the medium of clay so that elements of design are understood at the same time as the technical processes of pottery are learned. This includes building pots by hand, learning to use the wheel and glazing and firing.

3D Sculpture

Sculpture project at work

This course will encourage students to see, think, and speak in the visual language of contemporary three-dimensional art. Students will concentrate on the application of three-dimensional concepts, through the direct manipulation of materials (cardboard, wood, plastic, metal, plaster, soapstone) using a broad approach to tools and processes. They will explore some of the current issues in contemporary art and culture while developing an understanding of visual language. Although this is a studio course focusing primarily on specific projects and group critiques, in an effort to develop critical thinking, a portion of time will be spent on image lectures, films, readings and discussions. Some time will also be given over to the safe and proper use of hand tools, power tools, and equipment.

Art Foundation 10-12

Boys work on their art projects

Art Foundation is course designed for beginners. Students are encouraged to develop ideas and creative/critical thinking while working on assignments that address the visual language of Art and Design. You may be introduced to painting, graphic design, photography, digital imaging and drawing. In addition, assignments will be linked to aspects of 20th century art history to allow you to place your own work within a global perspective.

Studio Art AP

An art student in the studio

AP Studio Art is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year. The Studio Art Two-Dimensional Design portfolio is intended to address a very broad interpretation of two-dimensional design issues. Work for this portfolio involves purposeful decision-making about the elements and principles of art in an integrative way. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in two-dimensional design using a variety of art forms. These could include (but are not limited to) design projects such as graphic design, digital imaging, collage, fabric design, illustration, painting, and printmaking. In addition, students should include a variety of approaches to representation, abstraction, and expression for the 2-D Design portfolio.

Drawing & Painting 10-12

A student draws

This course is designed for experienced art students, who will have the opportunity to develop customized programmes. Exploration of a variety of subject matter will be included, such as life drawing, portraiture, landscape, still life, perspective, composition and abstraction. A collaborative installation project, for display in our gallery, will be included in the course content.

Studio Arts Portfolio Preparation

Drawing in class

Students who wish to prepare a visual portfolio, are considering Studio Art AP, or who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art should enroll in this course. Working one-on one with the instructor, each student will develop an individualized program appropriate to the interests and goals of the student. Explorations can include all two-dimensional mediums (drawing, painting, and printmaking), as well as combinations with other mediums such as sculpture, photography, and computer graphics. Students seeking a career in the arts or who are particularly dedicated may choose, with the instructor’s permission, to enroll in more than one block.

3D Design-Sculpture

Beginner/Intermediate:

During this course you will be introduced to design and sculptural techniques and processes using a wide range of materials (clay; wood; plastics; cardboard; soapstone; plaster; cement)

Term 1: The focus will be on design and fabrication using the machine shop and hand tools. Working from a design brief you will explore the properties of materials and create sculptural and product design orientated projects (clock design; child’s toy; architectural structure/sculptural form)

Term 2: You will learn clay modelling techniques and how to hand build clay forms and create more abstract structures and simple freestanding sculptures. You will also learn some basic anatomy and create human and animal forms.

Term 3: You will be introduced to soapstone carving and also to one piece mould making and casting techniques . Projects will include creating jewellery  and small free standing carvings.

Intermediate /Advanced

During this course you will be introduced to more advanced design and sculptural techniques and processes using a wide range of materials (clay; wood; plastics; cardboard; soapstone; plaster; cement)

Term 1: The focus will be on design and fabrication using the machine shop and hand tools. Working from a design brief you will explore the properties of materials and create sculptural and product design orientated projects (chair design; architectural structure/ sculptural form)

Term 2: This term will focus on clay sculpting/carving techniques which will include creating human, animal forms and natural forms focusing on anatomical detail. You will also learn how to create a two piece mould and cast of your sculptures in a variety of materials.

Term 3: Exploratory and self-directed unit. During this term you will create your own design brief/project idea, and then use an exploratory approach to creating your final idea using a range of materials and processes. 

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