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Visual Arts Courses

It is highly recommended that students take their compulsory arts credit in Grade 9.


Grade 9 Visual Arts, Open (AVI1O1)

This course offers an overview of visual arts as a foundation for further study. Students will become familiar with the elements and principles of design and the expressive qualities of various materials through working with a range of materials, processes, techniques, and styles. They will learn and use methods of analysis and criticism and will study the characteristics of particular historical art periods and a selection of Canadian art and the art of other cultures.

Grade 10 Visual Arts, Open (AVI2O1)
This course emphasizes learning through practice; building on what students know; and introducing them to new ideas, materials, and processes for artistic thinking and experimentation. Student learning will include the refined application of the elements and principles of design, incorporating the creative and design processes, and the relationship between form and content. Students will also learn about the connections between works of art and their historical contexts. Course objectives may be achieved either through a comprehensive program or through a program focused on a particular art form (e.g., drawing, painting). 
Recommendation:  it is strongly recommended that students complete Grade 9 Visual Arts (AVI1O1) prior to taking Grade 10 Visual Arts.

Grade 11 Visual Arts, University/College Preparation (AVI3M1)
This course provides students with opportunities to further develop their skills and knowledge in visual arts. Students will explore a range of subject matter through studio activities, and will consolidate their practical skills. Students will also analyse art works and study aspects of Western art history, as well as art forms from Canada and other parts of the world.
Prerequisite: Grade 9 or 10 Visual Arts, Open (AVI1O1/2O1)

Grade 12 Visual Arts, University/College Preparation (AVI4M)
This course focuses on the refinement of students' skills and knowledge in visual arts. Students will analyse art forms; use theories of art in analysing and producing art; and increase their understanding of stylistic changes in modern and contemporary Western art, Canadian (including Native Canadian) art, and art forms from various parts of the world. Students will produce a body of work demonstrating a personal approach.
Prerequisite: Grade 11 Visual Arts, University/College Preparation (AVI3M1)

 

Focus Courses

Grade 9 Digital Media, Open (AWS1O1)                                                                                                       
This course is exploratory in nature, offering an overview of visual arts as a foundation for further study. Students will become familiar with the elements and principles of design and the expressive qualities of various materials by using a range of media, processes, techniques, and styles. Students will use the creative and critical analysis processes and will interpret art within a personal, contemporary, and historical context. With a focus on digital media (e.g. computer graphics, digital camera, scanner), this course offers an overview of visual arts as a foundation for further study.

Grade 10 Digital Media, Open (AWS2O1)                                                                                                                   
This course enables students to develop their skills in producing and presenting art by introducing them to new ideas, materials, and processes for artistic exploration and experimentation. Students will apply the elements and principles of design when exploring the creative process. Students will use the critical analysis process to reflect on and interpret art within a personal, contemporary, and historical context. Note: It is beneficial for students to have a working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Flash.
Recommendation
: Grade 9 Visual Arts, Open (AVI1O1) and/or Grade 9 Digital Media (AWS1O1)

Grade 11 Digital Media, University/College Preparation (AWS3M1)
This course focuses on the development of digital art skills through the production of art works incorporating traditional and emerging technologies, tools and techniques. Students will explore the evolution of digital arts as an extension of traditional art forms and use the creative process to produce effective digital art works through experimentation with a variety of technologies. Students will critically analyze their own work and the work of others, and will examine the role of digital art in shaping audience perceptions of identity, culture and values in the modern world.
Prerequisite:
Grade 9 or 10 Visual Arts, Open (AVI1O1/2O1) and/or Grade 9 or 10 Digital Art (AWS1O1/2O1)

Grade 11 Photography, Open (AWQ3O1)                                                                                                              
This course enables students to further develop their knowledge and skills in visual arts. Students will use the creative process to explore a wide range of themes through studio work that may include drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking, as well as the creation of collage, multimedia works, and works using emergent technologies. Students will use the critical analysis process when evaluating their own work and the work of others. Emphasis: This course focuses on the technical and artistic aspects of photography. Students will focus on the operation digital cameras, digital imaging and editing, composition and the presentation of photographic images.
Recommendation: Grade 9 or 10 Visual Arts, Open (AVI1O1/2O1) and/or Grade 9 or 10 Digital Art, Open (AWS1O1/2O1)

Grade 11 Photography, University/College Preparation (AWQ3M1)                                                                                      
This course enables students to further develop their knowledge and skills in visual arts. Students will use the creative process to explore a wide range of themes through studio work that may include drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking, as well as the creation of collage, multimedia works, and works using emergent technologies. Students will use the critical analysis process when evaluating their own work and the work of others. Emphasis: Students will focus on the operation of DSLR cameras, filters, lighting, digital imaging and editing, composition and the presentation of photographic images.
Prerequisite
: Grade 9 or 10 Visual Arts, Open (AVI1O1/2O1) and/or Grade 9 or 10 Digital Art, Open (AWS1O1/2O1)


Grade 10 Craft, Open (AWA2O1)                                                                                                                              
This course enables students to develop their skills in producing and presenting art by introducing them to new ideas, materials, and processes for artistic exploration and experimentation. Students will apply the elements and principles of design when exploring the creative process. Students will use the critical analysis process to reflect on and interpret art within a personal, contemporary, and historical context. This course focuses on a hands on approach that exposes students to a variety of craft areas. Students will learn new techniques as well as developing existing skills and knowledge of art theory. A survey of crafts will be covered and students will develop creative approaches to working with these basic forms. Students will broaden their appreciation and hone their critical skills of their own work and artwork produced by others.
Recommendation: This course is NOT recommended as a prerequisite for grade 11 or 12 art. Students wishing to continue studies in visual art should take AVI1O1 and AVI2O1.

Grade 11 Drawing, Open (AWL3O1)                                                                                                                    
This course focuses on studio activities in drawing. Students will use the creative process to create art works that reflect a wide range of subjects, styles and approaches, and will evaluate works using the critical analysis process. Students will also explore works of art within a personal, contemporary, historical, and cultural context. This is an excellent course for any student wishing to acquire the drawing skills necessary for admittance into post-secondary fine arts and applied arts programs such as animation, video game design, fashion and interior design.  
Prerequisite: None

Grade 11 Ceramics, Open/University/College Preparation (AWC3O1)                                                                                    This course focuses on studio activities in one or more of the visual arts, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, collage, and/or multimedia art. Students will use the creative process to create art works that reflect a wide range of subjects and will evaluate works using the critical analysis process. Students will also explore works of art within a personal, contemporary, historical, and cultural context.
Prerequisite: None

Grade 12 Ceramics, Open/University/College Preparation (AWC4M1)                                                                                       This course builds on skills and theory learned in the grade 11 course. Students will focus on larger scale sculpture, mould building and casting, wheelwork, glaze mixing and other experimental techniques. Students will continue to develop their critical skills as well as an appreciation of more contemporary work.
Prerequisite
:  Grade 11 Visual Arts, University/College Preparation (AVI3M1) or Grade 11 Ceramics, Open (AWC3O1)- with approval.

Grade 12 Visual Design (PORTFOLIO), University College Preparation (AWD4M1)                                                         
This specialized studio course is designed for students who are planning on pursuing a postsecondary education in a fine art or applied arts related field. It is ideal for students who wish to improve their skills and their chances for admission to the school of their choice by building a body of work that is tailored to their specific needs and abilities.
Prerequisite
: Grade 11 Visual Arts, University/College preparation (AVI3M1) and/or Grade 11 Digital Art, University/College Preparation (AWS3M1)


Strands in Visual Arts

The expectations for Visual Arts courses are organized into three distinct but related strands:

1. Creating and Presenting:  Students enhance their ability to apply the creative process to create and present original art works. Students use tools, technologies, and the elements and principles of design with increasing sophistication to create art works for a variety of purposes. Throughout, they document their approach to each stage of the creative process in a portfolio, which they can use for reflection.

 2. Reflecting, Responding, and Analysing: Through the critical analysis process, students reflect on their responses to and assess art works, developing a deeper understanding of themselves and the communities in which they live. By exploring the context of various art works, students expand their awareness of past and present societies. They explore opportunities for continuing engagement in postsecondary study and careers of personal interest in arts-related fields.

3. Foundations:  In this strand, students enhance their understanding of conventions, techniques, and processes that people use to produce visual art works. Students refine their specialized vocabulary, engage in responsible practices when creating and presenting art works, and investigate increasingly complex ethical and legal issues associated with visual art.