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VISUAL ARTS

Visual Arts, Grade 9, Open (AVI1O)
This course offers an overview of visual arts as a foundation for further study. Students will become familiar with the elements and principles of design and the expressive qualities of various materials through working with a range of materials, processes, techniques, and styles. They will learn and use methods of analysis and criticism and will study the characteristics of Canadian art and the art of other cultures.

Visual Arts, Grade 10, Open (AVI2O)
This course emphasizes learning through practice; building on what students know; and introducing them to new ideas, materials, and processes for artistic thinking and experimentation. Student learning will include the refined application of the elements and principles of design, incorporating the creative and design processes, and the relationship between form and content. Students will also learn about the connections between works of art and their historical contexts.
Visual Arts, Grade 11, University/College Preparation (AVI3M)
Prerequisite: Visual Arts, Grade 9 or 10, Open
This course provides students with opportunities to further develop their skills and knowledge in visual arts. Students will explore a range of subject matter through studio activities, and will consolidate their practical skills in various media such as drawing, painting, and ceramics. Students will also analyse art works and study aspects of Western art history, as well as art forms from Canada and other parts of the world.
Ceramics, Grade 11, University/College Preparation (AWC3M)
Prerequisite: Visual Arts, Grade 9 or 10, Open
Students will explore a range of subject matter through studio work in ceramics. They will learn the basic hand building techniques of pinch, coil, and slab. Units are supported and developed with a focus on the design process. Teaching and learning will emphasize theoretic and practical clay applications.
Digital Photography, Grade 11, University/College Preparation (AWQ3M)
Prerequisite: Visual Arts, Grade 9 or 10, Open
This course introduces students to photography as a creative tool in the art of image-making. Students will have the opportunity to investigate and explore the characteristics of digital photography through a variety of camera and computer experiences. A photography history component will help students understand the development of photography, past and present. A functioning SLR camera must be provided by the student for this course.
Yearbook
Grade 11 and 12, University/College Preparation (AWS3M - 4M)
Prerequisite: Visual Arts, Grade 9 or 10, Open
The Yearbook Course is an interdisciplinary course that combines skills from photography, journalism, business, communication technology, and design. Students will develop, manage and produce the John McCrae "Infinitus" yearbook in time for delivery in the spring. Time is required out of class all school year, to complete coverage of school events and to finish the yearbook pages. Students will assume the demanding multiple roles of Photographer, Journalist, Computer Information Specialist and Salesperson. Time lines are real. Responsible students find the “real world” experience of the yearbook rewarding.
Painting and Drawing, Grade 12, University/College Preparation (AWM4M)
Prerequisite: Visual Arts, Grade 11, University/College
Students are given a unique opportunity to work on several large scale paintings on canvas. They explore a variety of techniques, subjects and approaches with an increasing emphasis on producing a personal body of work. Many students with an interest in post-secondary arts courses, careers in arts or even an interest in continuing their personal creative growth, have found this course useful in attaining their goals. Many have constructed strong portfolios which have given them a distinct advantage in applying for post-secondary arts related courses.
Film, Grade 12, University/College Preparation (AWR4M)
Prerequisite: Visual Arts, Grade 11, University/College
This course looks at various philosophies and issues in Critical Theory and how these issues and ideas are used by writers and directors in films. Many Hollywood and Independent films are analyzed in class for symbols and then students are given assignments which employ the approaches they have studied. Students watch films critically for motifs and then link them to themes or ideas which are read about or discussed in class.
Ceramics, Grade 12, University/College Preparation (AWC4M)
Prerequisite: Visual Arts, Grade 11, University/College
This course expands on hand-building techniques learned in the grade 11 ceramics course. Students also learn to make clay vessels on the pottery wheel and how to use slip molds to produce original pieces of artwork.
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