Visual Arts

There are many reasons to take Visual Art. Often the first to come to mind are: opportunities for self-exploration and self-expression, the chance to broaden horizons, build mental focus, physical dexterity, reduce stress, and increase personal enjoyment. However, growing research and statistical evidence also prove that the skills established through the study of art assist students in achieving success in their other courses and meeting the demands of the modern world of work.

Development in the arts helps to create well-rounded students with an appreciation of varied cultures, strong analytical abilities, and a range of communication and interpersonal skills. Students in the Visual Arts learn to understand both 'the big picture' and the nuances within it. They learn to meet a variety of challenges by formulating creative solutions and revisions. These are the sorts of perceptions and abilities that employers and post -secondary institutions seek.


Pathway Overview


Art 10

This introductory course allows students to express themselves and develop visual problem solving skills in painting, drawing, ceramics and sculpture. Students learn to manipulate a variety of media in both 2D and 3D art forms. Practice, experimentation and revision are ongoing activities in Art 10 classes. Students extend their knowledge of and familiarity with the elements and principles of design through solving teacher-directed visual problems of unity in the creation of compositions.   

Art 20, 30

Students who are passionate about exploring numerous methods of self-expression in drawing, painting and other 2D work continue in this stream. Students have an opportunity to design projects based on their own interest. They enjoy developing and refining background knowledge in design, color and rendering skills beneficial in many design and fine art professions as well as a body of work that can be used for a portfolio. In addition, students will explore the history of art in Western Culture, and will examine the impact of international influences and modern technology on society within this stream.

Art 21, 31

Students passionate about exploring numerous methods of self-expression in sculpture, jewellery making and other 3D work continue in this stream. Students have an opportunity to design projects based on their own interest. They enjoy developing and refining background knowledge in design, problem-solving, and sculpting skills that are beneficial in many design and fine art professions as well as a body of work that can be used for a portfolio. In addition, students will explore the history of art in Western Culture, and will examine the impact of international influences and modern technology on society within this stream.

Advanced Placement® Art

Students who enter this program sequence engage in conceptual work involving self-expression. They complete a body of work for portfolio development while fulfilling the requirements for Art 10, 20, 21, 30 or 31. Students have the opportunity to submit a body of work to be professionally juried. Credit for a university level course may be awarded based on their AP portfolio assessment

Meet the Teacher

Larissa Silkin  Bachelor of Fine Arts University of Victoria; Bachelor of Education University of British Columbia; Masters in Educational Leadership University of Calgary

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