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Program Description

Visual Art is the study of art making techniques in the context of creating imagery that conveys personal, social and cultural meaning. In this program we explore drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and mixed media in the context of developing and refining critical and creative thinking. As you progress through this program you will develop increasingly sophisticated strategies for creating artworks for exhibition.

Program Pathways

Visual Arts courses will count towards your compulsory arts credit for your Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

AVI1O0, AVI2O0, AVI3O0 are all open level courses, with no pre-requisites. It is recommended however that these courses be taken in sequence for optimal learning.

AVI3M0 and AVI4M0 are university college preparation courses.  AVI1O0 or AVI2O0 are pre-requisites for AVI3M0 (although both are highly recommended).

AVI3M0 is the prerequisite for AVI4M0. It is important to identify post-secondary portfolio requirements as the learning in the grade 12 course provides excellent content for a variety of college and university entrance portfolio requirements.

Course Descriptions

AVI1O0 – Grade 9 Visual Art – Open

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”

– Edgar Degas

Grade 9 Visual Art provides you with an exciting new way to see the world as you learn how to share your ideas through a variety of different art forms, including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and mixed media. You will begin the process of developing your own personal artistic style. Foundational art making strategies will be introduced to help while developing your creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration skills necessary for creating amazing artworks. The skills learned in this course are a great foundation to ensure that you develop effective visual and multimedia communication skills.

AVI2O0 – Grade 10 Visual Art – Open

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”

– Scott Adams

In Grade 10 Visual Art, exploration and experimentation is a primary skill that you will develop as you continue to refine your art making skills. You will be encouraged to work with media in unconventional ways so that you really understand how they work. During this process, emphasis will be placed on creative “mistakes and accidents” as opportunities for learning that are essential for creative expression. Continued exploration of creative and critical thinking in individual and collaborative learning situations will also be investigated as you create artworks in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and mixed media.

AVI3O0 – Grade 11 Visual Art – Open

Drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture are all skills that can be learned. All it takes is a little patience and a bit of practice. Developing technical art making skills not only makes you an efficient and effective communicator, but can open lucrative career pathways as skilled art technicians. In this course, you will learn a variety of applied art skills (e.g. graphics, t-shirt design, etc.), arts & crafts (e.g. pottery, beading, jewelry making, ec.) and illustration (e.g. traditional, digital, etc.). You will begin the process of developing your own visual art style while working in a client driven creation environment.

AVI3M0 – Grade 11 Visual Art – University / College

Creativity takes courage!  The Grade 11 Visual Arts course is all about taking risks, persevering and finding one’s way through creative challenges that investigate thematic based art making around social justice, equity, and environmental issues. You will continue to refine essential art making skills while exploring new art materials and processes while you broaden your visual communication skills within the context of contemporary art and as a global citizen. The critical thinking and problem solving skills learned in this course will assist you in seeing challenges from multiple points of view, which is beneficial as you make connections between your learning in Visual Art and other courses you are taking.

AVI4M0 – Grade 12 Visual Art – University / College

Where will Visual Art take you? The Grade 12 Visual Art Course allows you to continue to refine your art making skills, as you develop greater independence in applying the creative and critical analysis processes. You are encouraged to take creative risks and develop the skills of determination and persistence as you find the best ways to communicate your thinking.  You will learn how to make thoughtful creative decisions that allow you to visually express your thinking around a self-directed theme and create a body of work consisting of four pieces and a digital portfolio to showcase your best art pieces. You will have the beginnings of an effective portfolio suitable for submission to post-secondary art programs upon the successful completion of this course.

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