Visual Arts

Art 10

PowerSchool Reference: [Art 10_5cr]

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.

This course sets the foundation for studying Art 20, Art 20 IB and Advanced Art 25.

 

Art 10 (IB Cohort)

PowerSchool Reference: [Art 10_5cr cohort IB]

Prerequisite: None

The main difference between this course and Art 10, is that you are in a cohort of students interested in continuing on to the IB Visual Arts course work. Students who take this course are not obligated to continue on to Art 20IB, and students who take Art 10 are welcome to join the IB Visual Arts courses for their Grade 11 year.

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 IB 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 colour, print making, clay and acrylic paints. Art 10 IB also includes developing and expanding our visual language though history and critique.

This course sets the foundation for studying Art 20 IB, Art 20, and Advanced Art 25.

 

Art 20

PowerSchool Reference: [Art 20_5cr]

Prerequisite: Art 10 or Art 10IB

Art 20 is an extension of Art 10. It expands on the knowledge and skills learned in Art 10 and continues to build a student’s self-confidence. Students will be challenged to explore a wider range of media such as Metal Works and Sculpture. The students at this level are encouraged to start organizing a portfolio.

 

Art 30

PowerSchool Reference: [Art 30_5cr]

Prerequisite: Art 20 or Art 20IB

Students should now have the skills and confidence to explore a number of individually developed projects. They will further develop their skills and apply them towards creating powerful, personal statements. Students should be self-motivated and be able to creatively solve visual problems presented by utilizing a variety of media.

This program also enables students to create a competitive portfolio with which they can use to apply to post-secondary programs in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Industrial Design and Architecture at many Universities and Colleges.

 

Art 20/30 IB

PowerSchool Reference: [Art 20/30_5cr cohort IB]

Prerequisite: Art 10IB and Art 20IB respectively

“The IB Diploma Programme visual arts 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.” (excerpt from ibo.org)

This course, like all of our Visual Arts and Fine Arts courses at Western, is designed to prepare students to be able to go on and study visual arts at the post-secondary level, as well as those who are seeking lifelong enrichment through the arts.

 

Advanced Art 25 Painting or Drawing

PowerSchool Reference: [Art Advanced Techniques 25_combined]

Prerequisite: Art 10 or Art 10IB

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. Note: Students will be required to supply their own paint and brushes.

 

Advanced Art 35 Painting or Drawing

PowerSchool Reference: [Art Advanced Techniques 35_combined]

Prerequisite: Art 20 or Advanced Art 25 Painting or Drawing

The advanced classes are designed to provide highly motivated students with the opportunity to have an extended exploration of personal interest in art. These courses enable 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. Note: Students will be required to supply their own paint and brushes.

Our Art Students Will:

  • Learn and explore a variety of skills and techniques needed to be a successful artist
  • Think and behave as Artists
  • Learn a “Life Skill”
  • Explore individual creativity, imagination and problem solving
  • Learn to make defending qualitative judgments about art


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