Course Description for Visual Arts Courses
Visual Arts 10
This course is the foundation of the Senior High art program. It provides students with a basic understanding of art principles and techniques. The main components of the course will include instruction in drawing and design, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and mixed media. Culturally diverse art history will be an integral part of this course. Emphasis will be made on the exploration of mediums and techniques basic to art-making. Visual Arts 10 is rooted in creative exploration and problem-solving and strives to develop art-making skills through personal expression. “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” E. Degas
Visual Arts 11
Visual Art 11 is structured to provide students with enhanced opportunities to create in a studio-like atmosphere, furthering their art knowledge and investigating practical challenges within drawing and design, painting media (watercolour and/or acrylic), printmaking and various sculptural media, assemblage, digital and mixed-media. This course is an extension of the material covered in Visual Arts 10 and the student is expected to begin assembling a portfolio of his/her work, as well as maintain a sketchbook. Portraiture, narrative art, art theory, art history, mask-making or screen-printing and a research opportunity are all possible highlights of this course. Visual Arts 11 students will be expected to increase independence in expressing their own ideas using traditional techniques and processes as well as current technologies. They will be expected to create art for different audiences and appreciate the role of art in reflecting culture. “Art is the Queen of all sciences, communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.” Leonardo da Vinci
Visual Arts 12
The Visual Art 12 course reviews traditional drawing skills, taking the student through basic drawing skills to more advanced techniques often in more independent projects.
The sketchbook as a record of process and development of thought is interconnected to the success of their larger studio projects in this course. A variety of artists, cultures, histories, styles and philosophies will be discussed and used as inspiration. Mediums may include pencil, charcoal, conté, pastel, water-colour, acrylic, ink, printmaking media, digital media, plaster, wire, clay and various “found” objects. One or more independent art projects will be part of this course as well as a one-week process exam to be completed at course end. This course will be of particular interest and benefit to students who wish to assemble a portfolio for entry into art schools and colleges, as well as those who wish to apply for entry into fine arts programs at the university level.