Visual Arts

Art 10 - 5 Credits

Prerequisite: None
This course is designed to be enjoyable and challenging to students with an interest in Art. Emphasis is placed on expanding the use of creativity and problem solving. No previous art training is required but a desire to learn and an enthusiastic attitude are expected. Art 10 is a foundation course that introduces a variety of materials and technical skills.

Through a wide variety of activities and projects, students will be expected to think and act like artists in a studio setting and stretch themselves creatively. Students will work with pencil, pencil crayon, charcoals, pen and ink, pastels, water color, print making, clay and acrylic paints. Art 10 also includes developing and expanding our visual language though history and critique.

Art 10 Cohort IB - 5 Credits

Prerequisite: None
This course follows a similar structure as the Art 10 program, and includes an Investigative Work Book (IWB) component,
to develop research skills and critical thinking to prepare students for the Visual Arts 20IB program. The Visual Arts IB
courses encourage students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers. In addition to exploring and comparing visual arts from different perspectives and in different contexts, students are expected to engage in, experiment with and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media.

Advanced Art 25 - 5 Credits

Prerequisite: Art 10
Advanced Art 25 is designed to provide highly motivated students with the opportunity to have an extended exploration of personal interest in art. This course enables students to critically view themselves in relation to the world. The extensive portfolio of original work and extended art studio experience will provide students with opportunities for focused study at the post-secondary level.

Advanced Art 35 - 5 Credits

[Art Advanced Techniques 35_combined]
Prerequisite: Advanced Art 25
Western Canada High School is proud of its flourishing Fine and Performing Arts Program. Each school year, 50% of the student population is enrolled in one of the Fine Arts disciplines (Art, Band, Choir, Dance, and Drama). Most of the Fine Arts offerings at Western for students entering Grade 10 do not require any previous experience or prerequisites. The one exception is that instrumental music students must have previous experience either through junior high school or through private instruction. Opportunities are provided in every facet of the Fine and Performing Arts Program for students wishing to pursue excellence.

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