Through creative activities, students continue their process of exploration, discovery, and learning in the visual art. They broaden their knowledge and appreciation of art. A distinctive personal style is sought and developed.They make compositional decisions and use a variety of materials and techniques to generate and produce two- and three-dimensional works of art, as well as multimedia forms. Their own art making is infused with a variety of images and approaches.

Students are continuously encouraged to view and respond to works from both the past and present and to support their growing understanding of art and artists.

In Art History, they focus on investigating art works of Modern Art (1860s – 1945s) and Contemporary Art (1945s – today). They learn to ask more refined questions regarding the purpose and messages of works of art, in order to gain a better idea of what they, as individuals, value.  Students examine, analyse, and discuss art works. This allows them to become more confident and skilled in expressing informed opinions about and preferences. As they face diverging opinions about various works of art, the come to understand that multiple artistic solutions and interpretations are possible and acceptable

Drawing: Lines, Shapes, Spaces, Balance

Line

  • Lines for expressive purposes; diagonal and converging lines to create depth of space; repetition of lines to create visual rhythm
  • Directional lines; one- and two-point perspective to create depth; contour drawings of figures

Shapes

  • Various visual “weights” of forms (e.g., large, light-coloured forms can seem to have less weight than smaller, dark forms); complex three-dimensional constructions and motifs; gradation in size
  • Various shapes and forms, symbols, icons, logos, radial balance

Space

  • Shadows and shading to create depth with complimentary colours
  • Cross-hatching to suggest volume and shadows; variation and increased range of gradation in value
  • One- and two- point perspective and lines to create illusory space
  • Adult human figures (7 to 8 heads in height)

Unity and harmony

  • Radial balance, similarity, continuity, alignment (e.g., arrangement of shapes to follow an implied axis), proximity (e.g., grouping of related items together)

Colour & Painting

  • Analogous colours; transparent colour created with watercolour or tissue paper decoupage
  • Tertiary colours; contrast of colour; absence of colour
  • Different colour models, such as RGB and CMY(K), and websafe colours

Textures & Fabrics

  • Textures created with a variety of tools, materials, and techniques (e.g. landscape work)
  • Value via shading

Multimedia, Modeling & Construction

  • Stop motion: Storyboard, set construction, figure building.
    Stop motion is an animation technique that physically manipulates an object so that it appears to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a fast sequence.

Art History & Aesthetics

  • Stone Age :
  • Mesopotamian Art
  • Ancient Greece and Roman Art
  • From Stone Age to Ancient Greece

    Indian, Chinese, Japanese,

    Byzantine, Islamic, Roman, Gothic

    From Renaissance to Realism

    From Impressionism to Contemporary

  • Modern Art (1860s to 1945s) : Study of the art movements that significantly steered away from traditional narrative styles and values, to embrace a spirit of experimentation, notably with new ways of defining art and new ideas about the nature and the function of art. Movements studied include: Impressionism, Expressionism, Futurism, Cubism, Dada, Surrealism and Russian Constructivism.
  • “Spiral Jetty” (1970) by Robert Smithson

    Contemporary art (1945s until today) : The number of art movements that emerged after World War II is substantial. Therefore, students work in groups and select a specific art movement that they study in more detail and present to their peers. As a group, they can experiment with their chosen style and produce a common or individual works of art. The artistic movements studied include : Abstract Expression, Pop Art, Structuralism, Minimalism, Performance Art, Video Art, Graffiti, Earth Art, Generative Art, Toyism, to name a few.