Visual Arts

Art 10 (5 credits)

Prerequisite: None
Art 10 is a foundation course that introduces students to materials and technical skills needed for successful drawing, painting, and sculpture. Through a wide variety of activities and projects students will be expected to act and think like artists and stretch themselves creatively. This course also includes developing and expanding your visual language through art history and critique.

Art 20 (5 credits)

Prerequisite: Art 10
Art 20 is an extension of Art 10. It expands on the knowledge and skills gained in such areas as drawing, painting, sculpture, art appreciation and design. This would include project work such as chalk and charcoal drawings and advanced painting techniques in watercolour and acrylic along with exploring new painting surfaces, relief sculpture and multi-media projects.

The development of thought processes and thoughtful art becomes increasingly important. Students are expected to develop their own themes in many projects and execute a self-directed project of personal interest.

Art 30 (5 credits)

Prerequisite: Art 20
Art 30 is the culmination of two years of studio work. Emphasis is on deep exploration of drawing, painting and sculpture through complex assignments and projects that focus on individual preferences and creative exploration. Students are encouraged to develop their own style and to specialize in their preferred media. Art critique, encounters, and history will be intertwined with projects.

PVA Visual Arts

PVA Art 10 (5 Credits)

Prerequisite: Acceptance into PVA program Art 10 is a foundation course that introduces materials and technical skills needed for successful drawing, painting, and sculpture. Through activities and projects students will be expected to act and think like an artist and stretch themselves creatively. This course also includes developing and expanding our visual language through art history and critique.

PVA Art 15 (5 Credits)

Student choose one of the following:

PVA Drawing 15 (5 Credits)

Prerequisite: PVA Art 10 (65% recommended)

Drawing 15 builds on the 2D skills started in Art 10. It focuses on developing observational skills and strengthening technical ability through conceptually challenging and large formats than previously used. This course focuses on composition, colour theory, complex imagery, and drawing media such as pastel, crayon, pencil, prismacolour, chalk, and/or ink. Classes will also include discussions, critiques, written assignments and portfolio building.

PVA Painting 15 (5 Credits)

Prerequisite: PVA Art 10 (65% recommended)

Painting 15 builds on the 2D skills started in Art 10. It focuses on developing observational skills and strengthening technical ability through conceptually challenging and larger formats than previously used. This course focuses on composition, colour theory, and technique designed for paint-based media. Classes will also include discussions, critiques, written assignments and portfolio building.

PVA Sculpture 15 (5 Credits)

Prerequisite: PVA Art 10 (65% recommended)

Sculpture 15 provides students with a specialized experience in 3-Dimensional design using a variety of techniques and materials such as wood, clay, metal, paper, wire, and plaster. This course includes; drawing for sculpture projects; application of techniques and critical analysis through teacher directed studio work, critiques, written assignments and portfolio building.

PVA Art 20 (5 Credits)

Prerequisite: PVA Art 10 (65 % recommended)

Art 20 is an extension of Art 10. It expands on the knowledge and skills gained in such areas as drawing, painting, sculpture, art appreciation and design. This would include project work such as chalk and charcoal drawings, advanced painting techniques in watercolor and acrylic along with exploring new painting surfaces, relief sculpture, & multi-media projects. The development of thought processes and thoughtful art becomes increasingly important. Students will be expected to develop their own themes in many projects and execute a self-directed project of personal interest.

PVA Art 25 (5 CREDITS)

Students choose one of the following:

PVA Drawing 25 (5 Credits)

Prerequisite: PVA Art 20 (65% recommended)

Drawing 25 builds on skills started in Art 20 and Drawing 15. Students will continue to translate their observations and ideas into works of art through a variety of advanced drawing media and project works. Projects will be multi-layered and students are encouraged to develop their own personal style. Classes will continue to include discussions, critiques, written assignments and portfolio building.

PVA Painting 25 (5 Credits)

Prerequisite: PVA Art 20 (65% recommended)

Painting 25 builds on basic colour theory and painting techniques started in Painting 25. A variety of media and advanced techniques will be explored to execute teacher directed projects that focus on building observational skills and developing technical ability. Students will also be expected to develop their own themes or messages in many projects. Classes will also include class critiques and self-assessment, written assignments and information with regard to portfolio building.

PVA Sculpture 25 (5 Credits)

Prerequisite: PVA Art 20 (65% recommended)

This course builds on the skills developed in Art 20 and Sculpture 15 with the further study of form and space. As technical ability develops, students will have the opportunity to express personal themes and ideas through their work. Students will develop proficiency in surface treatment and as well as develop an ability to analyze their work and the work of others. Portfolio development will be one focus of Sculpture 25.

PVA Art 30 &/OR Advanced Placement Art & Design (5 Credits)

Prerequisite: PVA Art 20 (65 % recommended) Art AP requires Teacher recommendation.

PVA Art 30 is the culmination of two years of studio work. Emphasis will be on deep exploration of drawing, painting and sculpture through complex assignments and projects that focus on individual preferences and creative exploration. Students will be encouraged to develop their own style and to specialize in certain media that will be celebrated in a final Art Portfolio. Art critique, encounters, and history will be intertwined with projects throughout the semester.

PVA Art 35 (5 Credits)

Students choose one of the following:

Drawing 35 (5 Credits)

Prerequisite: PVA Art 30 (65% recommended)

This mainly self-directed course is for the highly motivated art student with a keen interest in drawing-based media. Emphasis will be on developing original style, studying artistic styles, developing control and confidence of drawing media as well as creating a portfolio. Students will be expected to develop projects and written work through teacher-directed projects as well as student-directed work.

PVA Painting 35 (5 Credits)

Prerequisite: PVA Art 30 (65% recommended)

This largely self-directed course is for the highly motivated art student with a keen interest in painting. Emphasis will be on developing original style, studying artistic styles, developing control and confidence of painting media as well as creating a portfolio. Students will be expected to develop project and written work through compulsory assignments as well as student directed work.

PVA Sculpture 35 (5 Credits)

Prerequisite: PVA Art 30 (65% recommended)

This largely self-directed course is for the highly motivated art student with a keen interest in 3-D artwork. Emphasis will be on developing original style, studying artistic styles, developing control and confidence of clay, plaster, molding, mixed media or jewelry, as well as creating a portfolio. Students will be expected to develop project and written work through a teacher-directed projects as well as student-directed work.

PVA Advanced Placement Art & Design

This course is taken in conjunction with Art 30 and either Drawing, Painting, or Sculpture 35. Individually, students will work with their Art Teacher to determine if AP Art is a good fit for them.

AP Studio Art is a College/University level course designed by the College Board of North America. This is a studio course that requires students to expand on their Art 30 and Art 35 skills and compile a sophisticated and technically superior portfolio by the end of April in their grade 12 year.

AP Studio Artists submit portfolios for judging to the College Board, and may receive University course credit for their high school work. To earn these credits, students must demonstrate a fundamental competence and range of understanding in visual concerns. Students must submit a portfolio consisting of 20 pieces demonstrating competencies in synthesizing of, materials, processes and idea’s, create works that exhibit 2-D, 3-D or drawing skills, and demonstrate an ability to articulate in writing the guiding questions and evidence of practice, experimentation, and revision of a sustained investigation.

PVA Leadership in the Arts 35 / Entrepreneurial Artist (Junior Achievement)

All PVA students are enrolled in one of two courses; Leadership in the Arts 35 or Entrepreneurial Artist (Junior Achievement). These programs of study allow PVA students to explore how they see themselves as artists and become more aware of the process involved in preparing for the marketing and business aspect of being a professional in the arts community. Students will experience a variety of teacher-led assignments/activities as well as a number of student-directed online projects.


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