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Visual Arts

Last updated on Thursday, September 08, 2016.

 

 

 

Welcome to the Orchard Park Visual Arts page!

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Introduction

Students should take Visual Arts in order to develop their creativity and explore the possibilities of their imagination.  All of our Visual Arts (AVI1O, AVI2O, AVI3O, AVI3M, AVI4M) courses allow students to learn to create work in all four major fine arts disciplines: drawing, painting, sculpture, and the art of printmaking.  They will learn to celebrate their work and the works of others, while challenging themselves to find new ways to express their artistic ability.  Students will participate in the creative process by brainstorming, sketching, sculpting clay, taking photographs, painting on canvas, and reflecting, allowing them to take ownership of their own learning and understand their own thinking processes.

 

In addition to our darkroom for traditional photography [AWQ3M] (one of few in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board), we are excited about our upcoming launch of an industry-standard Mac Lab to house our board-recognised Media Arts [ASM2O] program that will focus on creating digital media works for the 21st century.  At the grade 12 level, students have the opportunity to create their school yearbook [AWE4M].

 

Art helps shape young men and women into well-rounded, creative adults.  Your child will develop essential skills while participating in the Visual Arts program that are transferable to a wide range of careers.  Our Visual Arts Department is headed by a practicing artist who knows firsthand the value of art in the world of work. Natural ability is not a requirement to succeed in Visual Arts.  The only requirement is the need to believe in oneself and possess the desire to create and try new things.

 


Visual Arts Staff

Name
Ms. B. Forrest (Dept. Head)
Ms. P. Rocco (Assistant Dept. Head)
Ms. J. Collins
Mr. M. Lambert

If you wish to contact any member of the Art Department you may call the school at 905-662-3838 then either try the extension or leave a message on the teachers voice mail by accessing the teacher’s mailbox.

 



Course Information

Grade Course Code Course Name
9 AVI1O1 Visual Arts, 
9 AWI1O1/TXJ1O1 OpenFashion and Textile Design/ Cosmetology:Hairstyling and Aesthetics
10 AVI2O1 Visual Arts, Open
11 AVI3M1 Visual Arts, University/College
11 AVI3O1  Visual Arts, Open
11 AWQ3M1 Photograpy 1, University/College
12 AVI4M1 Visual Arts, University/College
12 AWE4M1 Visual Arts, Yearbook – Information Design…
 

 


 

Grade: 9
Course Code: AVI1O1
Course Name: Visual Arts, Open
Description: 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 particular historical periods and a selection of Canadian art and the art of other cultures.

POSSIBLE SUMMATIVE PROJECTS:

Elements Squares – using each element of design in a small artwork

Principles Summative – a mixed media artwork completed on raw or primed canvas with the conscious use of the principles of design

Body Sculpture – a wire sculpture of a human figure using proper proportions

Face Sculpture  – a clay sculpture of a face

Landscape Painting – an acrylic painting on canvas board of an artist chosen landscape

Group of Seven Assignment – a closer examination of the Group of Seven, as well as artists associated with them, and their significance and importance to Canadian art history

Colour Reduction Print –using a softoleum surface to create an image in three colours with inspiration from the work of Native Canadians

Careers Presentation – a research based project to allow students to understand how visual arts skills can help them enter the world of work

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Grade: 9
Course Code: AWI1O1
Course Name: Fashion and Textile Design
Description: This special focus class will introduce students to the basics of fashion design. It is part of a 2 credit package with the Cosmetology course TXJ1O1 – Exploring Hairstyling and Aesthetics.  No sewing skills are required. Topics include: Use of the elements of design including colour theory, fashion drawing, textile design and decoration.

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Grade: 10
Course Code: AVI2O1
Course Name: Visual Arts, Open
Description: This course emphasizes learning through practice; building on what students know 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 process, and the relationship between form and content. Students will also learn about the connections between works of art and their historical context.

POSSIBLE SUMMATIVE PROJECTS:

Mixed Media Portfolio – an introductory project that allows students to first explore and then choose desired media to create an artwork that represents them

FUNctional Clay Object – sculpture made of clay that combines both functional and decorative elements

Scratchboard – an art doodle focused on line and pattern that is created using a scratch tool to carefully reveal a coloured surface

Ink Drawing – an ink drawing completed using thin sharpie markers with a focus on focal point, achieving a sense of depth, and line and pattern

Stencil and Stamp Project – a graffiti based project using stamps and stencils as a starting point with an airbrushed background

Lettering – a pen and ink project that allows students to carefully perfect the craft of calligraphy

Open Painting – students choose their subject matter for an acrylic painting on canvas board

Grid Portrait – pencil drawing of a person’s face using a grid to ensure accuracy with concentration on shading

Presentation – a research based project to allow students to understand how visual arts skills can help them enter the world of work

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Grade: 11
Course Code: AVI3M1
Course Name: Visual Arts, University/College
Description: 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. Students will also analyse art works and study aspects of Western art history, as well as Canadian art forms and art forms from various parts of the world.

Prerequisite: AVI1O1 or AVI2O1

POSSIBLE SUMMATIVE PROJECTS:
Portfolio – an introductory project that challenges student’s creative and critical thinking by choosing three random words that they must interpret and use within their personalised artwork

Art History Makeover – a closer examination at three artists of inspiration and then a copy of a masterwork with a subtle change

Intaglio Print – a piece of plexi-glass is incised with a dry point needle and printed multiple times using a small printing press

Still Life Drawing – students set up their own chosen still life in small groups and draw it using pencil to create an extremely realistic artwork

Still Life Watercolour – students choose their watercolour subject, which must contain a still life element with a focus on layering watercolour paint and other watercolour techniques

Plaster Figure – it is started with a wire armature, which is then stuffed with newspaper and tape and plaster bandage is used to create a freestanding, open human figure

Sculpture Inspired by Art History – students have been exposed to the canon of art history over the course of the semester and choose an artist, movement, or style to focus on to transform a found object into a work of art

Oil Painting – a water-soluble oil painting on a large canvas with an open subject matter

Presentation – research component that allows students to look at different ways to enter post-secondary school in an arts field

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Grade: 11
Course Code: AVI3O1
Course Name: Visual Arts, Open
Description: This course focuses on studio activities in one or more of the visual arts, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, collage and/or multimedia art. Students will use the creative process to create artworks that reflect a wide range of subjects and will evaluate works using the critical analysis process.  Students will also explore works of art within a personal, contemporary, historical, and cultural context.

Prerequisite: None

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Grade: 11
Course Code: AWQ3M1
Course Name: Photograpy 1, University/College
Description: In this introductory course students learn about the camera and the techniques of photography. Darkroom techniques and photography as an art form will be the focus. Students will learn to process film and make prints from their own negatives. In this course students will develop their understanding of design principles and apply them to the photographic process. Students will explore a range of subject matter through their studio activities, and will build practical skills. Students will also analyse photographic art works and study the history of photography from around the world including Canada.

Prerequisite: AVI1O1 or AVI2O1

POSSIBLE SUMMATIVE PROJECTS

Scavenger Hunt – create an OP Scavenger Hunt using photographs that exemplify required terminology

Photogram – choose objects to tell a story and expose them on light sensitive paper and develop in darkroom using traditional darkroom techniques

Hand Drawn Negative – create a negative using pen and ink and print and expose it using light sensitive paper and develop using traditional darkroom techniques

Portrait – photograph a person with the aim of revealing something about the individual

Emerging Technologies – research based project that allows students to create an authentic tool or technology to help them as a photographer/ artist

Photo Contest – enter an actual Photo Contest with the intention of winning (possibilities constantly change)

Song Lyrics Photograph – choose a song and plan and take photographs to convey the song’s feeling or emotion

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Grade: 12
Course Code: AVI4M1
Course Name: Visual Arts, University/College
Description: This course focuses on the refinement of students’ skills and knowledge in visual arts. Students will analyse art forms; use theories of art in analysing and producing art; and increase their understanding of stylistic changes in modern and contemporary Western art, Canadian (including Native Canadian) art, and art forms from various parts of the world. Students will produce a body of work demonstrating a personal approach.

Prerequisite: Visual Arts, Grade 11, University/College Preparation or Open

This final Visual Arts credit is extremely personalised student to student.  The first SUMMATIVE Project is a Proposal by the artist so that they choose their own theme or topic for the semester, as well as the media that they will work in.  Each student must produce at least one major work in each of the four fine arts disciplines: drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking, and maintain a sketchbook or art journal.

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Grade: 12
Course Code: AWE4M1
Course Name: Visual Arts, Yearbook – Information Design, University/College
Description: This course focuses on the refinement of students’ skills and knowledge in visual arts. Students will analyse art forms; use theories of art in analysing and producing art; and learn all the skills which are used to produce the school’s yearbook. Topics include photography, journalism, computer layout and graphic design.

Prerequisite: AVI3M1 or AWQ3O1

POSSIBLE SUMMATIVE PROJECTS:

Photography Project – create a brochure for a school department using photographs taken by the student and a logo designed by the student

Graphic Design Project – portfolio or work reports completed weekly and/ or monthly

Special Feature Project – varies year to year, but work put in to create a special feature in this year’s book

Advertisement – creation of a poster that adheres to the theme and aims to sell the current book

Magazine Project – small group assignment that allows students to work together to create a double spread of a “magazine”

Choice Layout Project – one of three graphically designed options that force the students to integrate both image and text in an aesthetically pleasing manner

Yearbook Spreads – actual sections of the Yearbook

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