Course Descriptions - Art

Art Foundations 8 (Mva--08)

This course is a foundations course for students of all artistic abilities.  The main focus in Art 8 is the exploration of different media: drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Historical and cultural influences in Art and personal expression are also explored.  Make your creative ideas come to life! Basic supplies will be provided to students in order to meet the learning outcomes of all courses.  Should a student wish to use optional materials to enhance or elaborate upon the learning outcomes, then these may be purchased directly (and brought to the school) or through the school on a cost-recovery basis.

 

Art Foundations  9 (Mva--09)

Art 9 is a foundations course designed for the beginning art students and for those who would like to continue exploring 2-dimensional art (drawing, painting, and printmaking) and 3-dimensional art (ceramics and multimedia sculpture).  Many elements of design are studied, as well as related historical/cultural influences.  Skills in the critical analysis of students’ own work and that of others are developed. Basic supplies will be provided to students in order to meet the learning outcomes of all courses.  Should a student wish to use optional materials to enhance or elaborate upon the learning outcomes, then these may be purchased directly (and brought to the school) or through the school on a cost-recovery basis.

 

Art Foundation 10 (Mvag-10)

This course is designed for students who love to draw, paint and create 3-dimensional art forms.  It is organized into themes designed to stimulate the imagination, encourage interpretation, expression and development of personal imagery.  Cubism, surrealism and expressionism are some of the art movements explored through drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking. Basic supplies will be provided to students in order to meet the learning outcomes of all courses.  Should a student wish to use optional materials to enhance or elaborate upon the learning outcomes, then these may be purchased directly (and brought to the school) or through the school on a cost-recovery basis.

 

Art Foundations 11 (MAF--11)

Art 11 provides a foundation program for beginning art students, and it allows advanced students to continue developing their interests and expertise in drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture.  Students will explore related cultural/historical issues with emphasis on personal and social relevance.  All students will be expected to maintain a sketchbook of their visual thinking and exploration. Basic supplies will be provided to students in order to meet the learning outcomes of all courses.  Should a student wish to use optional materials to enhance or elaborate upon the learning outcomes, then these may be purchased directly (and brought to the school) or through the school on a cost-recovery basis.

 

Art Foundations 12 (Maf--12)

Prerequisite: an Art 11 or teacher permission

This course provides opportunities for students who wish to improve basic skills and develop their own style in creating unique and personal images.  Students will explore related cultural and historical issues with an emphasis on personal and social relevance.  All students will be expected to develop a portfolio of their work and maintain a sketchbook/journal of their visual thinking and exploration. Basic supplies will be provided to students in order to meet the learning outcomes of all courses.  Should a student wish to use optional materials to enhance or elaborate upon the learning outcomes, then these may be purchased directly (and brought to the school) or through the school on a cost-recovery basis.

 

Ceramics and Sculpture Courses

 

Art 3D: Ceramics & Sculpture I (MVac-10)

This course is designed for students in grade 9 & 10 who wish to explore various 3-dimensional art processes.  Several projects will focus on developing skills in ceramics.  Other projects may include plaster, soapstone, wood and fabric.  Traditional and contemporary styles and methods will be explored. Basic supplies will be provided to students in order to meet the learning outcomes of all courses.  Should a student wish to use optional materials to enhance or elaborate upon the learning outcomes, then these may be purchased directly (and brought to the school) or through the school on a cost-recovery basis.

 

Art 3D: Ceramics & Sculpture II (MSACS11)

This is a course for students who wish to focus their studies on 3D Art.   Projects will include clay hand building skills for ceramics, sculpture, and an introduction to the potter’s wheel.  Other projects may include sculptural materials such as plaster, paper mache, wood, wire, found object and paper pulp. Basic supplies will be provided to students in order to meet the learning outcomes of all courses.  Should a student wish to use optional materials to enhance or elaborate upon the learning outcomes, then these may be purchased directly (and brought to the school) or through the school on a cost-recovery basis.

 

Art 3D: Ceramics and Sculpture III  (MSACS12)

Recommended: 3D II

This is a course designed for students wishing to continue their studies in 3D Art.  Students will explore in depth 1-2 media of their choice such as clay, plaster, paper mache, wood, wire, found object and paper pulp.  Emphasis will be on students developing their own personal imagery and style. Basic supplies will be provided to students in order to meet the learning outcomes of all courses.  Should a student wish to use optional materials to enhance or elaborate upon the learning outcomes, then these may be purchased directly (and brought to the school) or through the school on a cost-recovery basis.

 

DRAWING & PAINTING COURSES

 

Art 2D: Draw & Painting I  (MVAD-10)

This course is for students in grade 9 & 10 who love to draw and paint.  Students will gain expertise in a variety of drawing and painting techniques and will become acquainted with various art styles and trends.  All students will be expected to maintain a sketchbook of their visual thinking and exploration.  Additional 2D projects may include printmaking, collage, and poster design projects. Basic supplies will be provided to students in order to meet the learning outcomes of all courses.  Should a student wish to use optional materials to enhance or elaborate upon the learning outcomes, then these may be purchased directly (and brought to the school) or through the school on a cost-recovery basis.

 

Art 2D: Draw & Paint II (MSADP11)

This course is for students who love to create imagery on 2D surfaces. Drawing, painting, printmaking, and multimedia will be explored through a variety of materials and themes.  Explorations will focus on personal, historical and cultural ideas.  Students will learn basic techniques and will be challenged to create unusual and creative pieces.  Students will be expected to keep a visual journal as a record of their ideas, image development and explorations. Basic supplies will be provided to students in order to meet the learning outcomes of all courses.  Should a student wish to use optional materials to enhance or elaborate upon the learning outcomes, then these may be purchased directly (and brought to the school) or through the school on a cost-recovery basis.

 

Art 2D: Draw & Paint III  (MSADP12)

Recommended: any Art 11

The objective of this advanced art course is to explore drawing, painting, printmaking and multimedia using creative and unusual strategies.  Students will be challenged in a variety of media to create personal, historical and cultural artwork. Students will be expected to keep a sketchbook as a record of their ideas, observations, image development and explorations. Basic supplies will be provided to students in order to meet the learning outcomes of all courses.  Should a student wish to use optional materials to enhance or elaborate upon the learning outcomes, then these may be purchased directly (and brought to the school) or through the school on a cost-recovery basis.

 

PHOTOGRAPY COURSES

 

Photography I (YVPA-0A)

This course is designed for the beginning photographer. Students will build a strong foundation in photography through theory and practice. Students will become familiar with functions of the digital and film camera, photographic processes, elements of composition, the art of developing and printing 35 mm black & white photographs and editing digital photos using Adobe programs. Studio lighting techniques will also be explored. Evaluation will be based on shooting assignments, and written assignments Basic supplies will be provided to students in order to meet the learning outcomes of all courses.  Should a student wish to use optional materials to enhance or elaborate upon the learning outcomes, then these may be purchased directly (and brought to the school) or through the school on a cost-recovery basis.

Requirements:

1.  Your own digital point and shoot camera is required however a DSLR is preferred. Access to a 35 mm camera, preferably a manual single lens reflex camera with adjustable features, would be an advantage for this course as the school has a limited supply.

2.  Binder, glue stick.

 

Photography II (Ypva-1a)

Prerequisite:  Photo I

This level II course is designed for students to further refine the skills and techniques learned in Photography I. Emphasis will be on learning new methods to create and communicate your ideas, thoughts, and themes to leave a lasting resonance with the viewer.  Students will become more familiar with studio equipment, special printing techniques, and capturing and editing digital images. Evaluation will be based on assignments, projects, written/practical tests and a portfolio comprised of your best work. Basic supplies will be provided to students in order to meet the learning outcomes of all courses.  Should a student wish to use optional materials to enhance or elaborate upon the learning outcomes, then these may be purchased directly (and brought to the school) or through the school on a cost-recovery basis.

Requirements:

1. Access to a DSLR camera

2.  Hard bound blank paged journal

 

Photography III (YPVA-2A)

Prerequisite: VAMT11 or Photo I teacher permission

This very unique course will offer advanced creative photographic opportunities to students who wish to explore and manipulate traditional photography techniques and multimedia for creative, communicative purposes.  Emphasis will be on personal, social, historical and political ways of expression through photographic process.  This course provides excellent opportunity for students considering a career in the communication arts to help build a quality portfolio necessary for art school admission.  Assignments will be self-directed under selected branch topics.  At this level students are expected to be self-motivated and work independently to develop their own unique personal style.  Evaluation will be based on assignments, projects, practical research and a final portfolio. Basic supplies will be provided to students in order to meet the learning outcomes of all courses.  Should a student wish to use optional materials to enhance or elaborate upon the learning outcomes, then these may be purchased directly (and brought to the school) or through the school on a cost-recovery basis.

 

Requirements:

1. Access to a DSLR camera

2.  Hard bound blank paged journal – this can be the same one used in Art Photography Level II.

 

 

AP Art Courses

Art Studios Honours 11 (MFNA-11)

Recommended: an Art Foundations 9 or 10

In this course students will begin to understand the nature of the AP Program for Drawing, 2-D Design or 3-D Design.  These students will begin to discover personal areas of strength and style and establish a portfolio demonstrating a breadth of ability.  Students will decide which exam portfolio is most appropriate and will explore post secondary options.  This course is highly recommended for students who plan to take Art 12 AP in their final year. Basic supplies will be provided to students in order to meet the learning outcomes of all courses.  Should a student wish to use optional materials to enhance or elaborate upon the learning outcomes, then these may be purchased directly (and brought to the school) or through the school on a cost-recovery basis.

 

AP Art Studio 12 (ASAD-12)

Recommended: any Art  or Photo Experience

This is a demanding and intensive studio course that gives high school students the opportunity to receive advanced placement or credit at participating colleges or universities.  Studio Art 12 AP is designed to assist and guide the student in the preparation of a portfolio that will be evaluated by AP Faculty Consultants at the end of May in Princeton, New Jersey.  Emphasis is placed on the exploration of ideas and the development of unique imagery and techniques to represent those ideas in the strongest possible way.  Since teachers at this level of the visual arts are guides and advisors just as much as instructors, students must be self-motivated and self-disciplined to be successful.  Experience has proven that most students require two senior art courses, in addition to devoting many additional hours outside of class, to complete portfolios that earn more than a mere pass. As well, students are responsible for the costs of the shipping and the evaluation of their portfolio.  Areas of focus include Drawing, 2-D Design and 3-D Design. Basic supplies will be provided to students in order to meet the learning outcomes of all courses.  Based on the interest of the students, there will be an option to take this course online.

 

 

YEARBOOK

 

Yearbook 11/12 (MVAMT11/MVAMT12)

Recommended: Photo I or Photo II

This unique course is designed to give students a variety of experience in the Graphic Publishing field. The majority of graphic and computer projects for this course involve the production and creation of the school yearbook! This is a course for mature students who are able to work under very strict deadlines and are able to commit time after school in order to meet them.  Students will develop valuable skills and knowledge in the areas of graphic design, photography, page layout and journalism. Other graphic projects may include calendars, stationary, advertisements, CD and magazine covers.  Due to the limited enrolment, students may be asked to submit an application for the course and participate in a brief interview.  Please see the Fine Art Department for more information. 

 

Requirements:

1. Access to a DSLR is preferable for this course.

2.  Binder