Visual Arts

Visual Arts at James Fowler is delivered as a choice-based program. Students have the opportunity to choose and explore different mediums, historical art periods, and subject matter through five different programs of study. Assignments and projects within each course offering have been designed to be suitable for a variety of student abilities, interests, and career goals. Classes are conducted in multi-grade and multi-discipline groupings. As a result, students work in a community oriented art environment which allows all students to interact and gain valuable feedback from their peers and ultimately grow as capable visual artists.

The Visual Arts program actively participates in the community beyond Fowler’s walls. Field trips and guest speakers serve to enrich the art experiences for students registered in the program.

Programs Offered

Art 10, 20, & 30 are a series of courses unified by general goals that focus on the two-dimensional aspects of visual art. Drawing, painting, and printmaking are the primary areas of study, combined with a focus on the achievements of artists across time periods and across cultures.

Art 11, 21, & 31 are another series of courses that are unified by general goals that focus on the three-dimensional aspects of visual art. Sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, and other artisan crafts are the primary areas of study combined with art history and cultural references.

Advanced Techniques, Drawing 15, 25, & 35 is a series of drawing experiences intended to provide serious art students with an opportunity to communicate visually through the exploration of source of images, drawing materials and methods, critiquing and self-reflection and studio practice. Emphasis is on the student becoming an informed creator of solutions to visual problems while developing an appreciation for the significance of drawing.

Advanced Techniques, Painting 15, 25, & 35 are designed to provide serious art students with the opportunity to have an extended exploration of a painting area of personal interest. Students will be challenged to develop specific technical abilities in both traditional and non-traditional painting. This challenge will require students to work in a rich variety of means and materials in order to grow as painters and expand their repertoire of visual experiences.

Advanced Techniques, Sculpture 15, 25, & 35 will provide serious and highly creative students with the opportunity to communicate visually through the study of form and space, surface, history of sculpture, through the manipulation, assembling, and/or transformation of sculptural materials. Critique and self-reflection, studio management, and safe studio practice are expected components of this series of courses that will emphasize the student becoming an informed creator of solutions to three-dimensional problems.

Advanced Placement Studio Art 10, 20, & 30 will provide the highly motivated art student with the opportunity to prepare a portfolio of visual art that will be useful for earning entrance into post-secondary institutions. Successful Advanced Placement Art Students generally have the following attributes:

  • A high interest in art and artistic aptitude. 
  • Their work stands out “above the crowd” in concept and technique. 
  • The student has the ability to meet deadlines and show focus and commitment to work. 
  • Creative approaches accompanied by good hand-eye coordination and dexterity 
  • Post-secondary art program or related career in mind for the future.
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