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Visual Arts Department 206
Visual Arts Department
Welcome to the Visual Arts Department
 
These art courses are created with YOU in mind!  Through the creative process, YOUR creative energy is channeled into your own artistic expression of a theme using a variety of art mediums, such as art pencils, pastels, charcoal, acrylic paint, watercolors, and Photoshop.  Sculpture media, such as clay and paper mache, will also be used to create 3-dimensional art.  We will explore, express, and create artwork based on the unique way we see the world.  We will also use our unique perspective, our artistic skills, and sensitivities of people and what they need and enjoy, in order to design the things we use everyday.  The creation of artwork is complimented with art appreciation.
 
The KCSS Art Department offers a variety of opportunities for students to display their artwork to a larger audience.  The KCSS Library and KCSS Guidance Office offers year round artwork display opportunities for students around the school and also in the community.  Parents Nights and Grade 8 Parents Nights, in semester one and/or two, are also venues for KCSS Art Shows.   Art Shows celebrate student success, as well as encourage post secondary studies and careers in the arts and art related fields.
 
  
The expectations for visual arts courses are organized into three distinct but related strands:
 
1. Creating and Presenting: Applying the creative process is a necessary part of designing and producing original art works. Students use the stages of the creative process to generate ideas for, plan, produce, and present works of art. They explore technologies and the elements and principles of design to create art works for a variety of purposes. Throughout, they document their approach in a portfolio, which they can use to reflect on the effectiveness of their use of the creative process.
 
2. Reflecting, Responding, and Analysing: Through the critical analysis process, students interpret and assess the effectiveness of their own and others’ art works. By learning how art works reflect both social and personal values, students develop a deeper understanding of themselves, past and present societies, and the communities in which they live.
 
3. Foundations: In this strand, students develop their understanding of conventions, techniques, and processes that people use to produce visual art works. They develop the vocabulary necessary for describing and evaluating their own and others’ artworks. This strand also introduces students to responsible practices associated with visual arts such as the importance of health and safety practices and respect for their environment.
 
For a full listing of expectations for all visual arts courses, please see http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/secondary/arts910curr2010.pdf
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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