Visual Arts 10 — Course outline

Visual Arts 10 is intended as an introductory course which focuses on developing basic art skills. It is designed to familiarize students with the central components of the visual arts through material and tool manipulation, skill development and informal art history. These skills will be developed through a variety of processes including drawing, painting, sculpture, digital manipulation, art history, class critiques and reflective practice.

Students will do a variety of projects that will give them an opportunity to develop skills, think critically, and express themselves creatively and an increased awareness of self and artistic self expression and be aware of the artistic expression of others and respond to it.

Required school supplies

Unlike Visual Arts 11 and 12, it is possible to get by in Visual Arts 10 without a personal art kit. We will provide everything you need to complete the course. However, it is nice to work with higher quality materials, and buying your own kit is worthwhile - especially if you are continuing into grade 11. A kit is available in the school store for $20. It includes a 9x12" sketch book, drawing pencils (HB,2B,4B,6B), a kneadable eraser, a Tuff Stuff eraser (looks like a pen), scissors, a glue stick, and some brushes.

Course evaluation

Both the term work and the final exam are broken down by General Curriculum Outcomes. Large assignments will be broken down into multiple outcomes, and you will be graded separately for each.

Larger projects

  1. Self-portrait project: Drawing, shading, and self-portraiture
  2. Drawing for a sense of depth: Drawing, composition, and a sense of depth
  3. Painting for a sense of depth: Painting, linear perspective, and a sense of depth
  4. Ceramics project: Patterned and inscribed clay vessels
  5. Final project: Your choice of medium

Art Policies

To be accepted for evaluation, your artwork MUST...

Other expectations

General Curriculum Outcomes

Creating, Making and Presenting

Understanding and Connecting Contexts of Time, Place, and Community

Perceiving, Reflecting, and Responding