The Arts

Have you ever wanted to…

  • Perform on stage in a professional-style production?
  • Exhibit your art in a professional gallery?
  • Design lighting and sound for the stage?
  • Compose music on a computer?
  • Sing in a choir or play in a band?
  • Participate in the Sears Ontario Drama Festival?
  • Direct and produce a film?
  • Develop photographs in a traditional darkroom?

Danforth C.T.I. has a vibrant and comprehensive Arts Program.  Students can choose from a wide variety of courses in Drama, Music, and Visual Arts.

Courses are offered at the Open and University/College levels from Grade 9 through to Grade 12 and include many Special Focus courses that make use of professional level studio and performance facilities.

The Facilities

  • Dance Studio
  • Drama Studio with lighting & sound system (Renovated in 2012)
  • Auditorium with professional lighting and digital sound system (Renovated in 2012)
  • Band Room (Renovated in 2012)
  • MIDI Lab with 20 workstations for electronic music
  • Digital Media Lab with 26 workstations
  • Drawing and Painting Studios with model stage and lighting
  • Ceramics Studio with pottery wheels and two kilns
  • Printmaking Studio with lithography, relief, and intaglio presses
  • Darkroom with 8 enlarger stations

Special Focus Courses

(Offered primarily at the senior level, selection varies)

  • Acting Technique
  • Directing & Playwriting
  • Theatre Production
  • Electronic Music
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Drawing & Painting
  • Ceramics
  • Printmaking
  • Digital Media
  • Film / Video
  • Traditional Photography

For more information, please contact the school at (416) 393-0620.

The Staff

The Performing and Visual Arts staff at Danforth is comprised of experienced teachers, many with professional backgrounds in the Arts.  Each teacher brings his or her specialty to the curriculum, creating a rich and dynamic learning environment.


Danforth’s grads go on to post-secondary studies in the Arts at OCAD, George Brown College, Humber College, York University, Ryerson University, University of Western Ontario, Concordia University, Guelph University, Brock University, University of Toronto and abroad at a variety of institutions.

“The study of Visual Arts includes studio work and art appreciation. Within the visual arts courses, visual literacy expands into a broader perception – turning seeing into vision, translating reality into symbols and connections, and enhancing all other learning experiences. Learning in, about, and through visual arts helps students use their imagination and make creative choices to communicate their ideas, observations, feelings, and values.

Students create art works that integrate the fundamental components of design known as elements (colour, form, line, shape, space, texture, and value). Students explore design principles (balance, contrast, emphasis, harmony, movement, proportion, rhythm and repetition, unity, and variety) and use them to arrange design elements to produce visual effects.

Students explore the expressive character of art, their personal perceptions of art works, and the elements and principles of design. They investigate and produce a variety of art works using various media, processes, and traditional and emerging technologies. They develop skills in using art tools, materials, and techniques. Such learning also enhances students’ ability to respond to and interpret existing works. Students learn how art works construct and record the history, values, and beliefs of various societies and cultures. Through experiencing a wide range of art works, including the rich heritage of Canadian art, students come to understand and appreciate the range and significance of artistic expression.”   The Ontario Curriculum Grades 9 and 10.  The Arts, 2010 (Revised).

Danforth has a vibrant visual arts department with excellent facilities where students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of curricular and extra curricular activities including:

  • Ceramics
  • Digital Media
  • Student Films
  • Skills Canada Design Competitions
  • Adobe Youth Voices
  • Holiday Show & Marketplace:  Junior Gallery Exhibition
  • Groove and Graffiti Workshop
  • Todmorden Mills year-end Senior Gallery Exhibition


The study of Drama provides students with an opportunity to take on roles and to create and enter into imagined worlds. They learn in a unique way about themselves, the art of drama, and the world around them. Students engage in social interaction and collaboration as they create, perform, apply acting technique and analyse dramatic texts. Through informal presentations and more formal performances, students use drama to communicate their aesthetic and personal values.

Students develop their awareness and use of the elements of drama (role/character, relationship, time and place, focus and emphasis, and tension) to create drama works that are related to their personal interests and experience. In these courses, they will experience being performer, audience, playwright, technician, designer, and critic.

By communicating in both their real and imagined worlds, students acquire proficiency in listening, speaking, questioning, and problem solving. Through the process of taking on roles, students develop and express empathy for people in a wide range of situations. They develop the ability to interpret and comment on a range of drama works and activities and evaluate their own and others’ creative work.

Danforth has a vibrant drama department where students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular activities including:

  • Drama club
  • Stage Crew Club
  • Sears Drama Festival
  • Holiday Show and Marketplace (December)
  • Year-end showcase


The study of Music is intended to develop students’ understanding and appreciation of music through a focus on practical skills and creative work. Students will find in music a source of enjoyment and personal satisfaction and will gain creative problem-solving skills, individual and cooperative work habits, knowledge of themselves and others, a sense of personal responsibility, and connections to their communities and future careers. Students develop their awareness of the elements of music (pitch – melody, harmony, and tonality; duration – beat, metre, rhythm, and tempo; dynamics and other expressive controls; timbre; texture; and form) and apply them to create and perform works that are related to their personal interest and experience. Students also refer to the elements of music when reviewing, evaluating, and reflecting and commenting on their own and others’ creative work.

Performance technique and an understanding of theory are of major importance for music students and are repeated in the expectations for both courses. Through informal presentations and more formal performances, students not only develop their technique but also use music to communicate their aesthetic and personal values. By experiencing, analysing, and commenting on the performances of others, students enhance their understanding of the values of other musicians and cultures.

Danforth has a vibrant music department where students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular activities including:

  • MIDI (electronic music) composition
  • Massive May Music Showcase
  • Glee & Vocal Music
  • Guitar
  • Instrumental Band