Grade 11 Visual Arts

PREREQUISITE: Visual Arts, Grade 9 or 10, Open

GRADE: 11 (University/College)

AVAILABILITY: Full-time, Part-time, Private and Online

Grade 11 Visual Arts enables students to further develop their knowledge and skills in visual arts. Students will use the creative process to explore a wide range of themes through studio work that may include drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking, as well as the creation of collage, multimedia works, and works using emerging technologies. Students will use the critical analysis process when evaluating their own work and the work of others. Grade 11 Visual arts may be delivered as a comprehensive program or through a program focused on a particular art form (e.g., photography, video, computer graphics, information design).

UNIT ONE

Introduction to Terms, Tools, and Techniques

Essential Question: What is the creative process? How does it serve artists? How do sketchbooks serve artists? How does property law serve artists?

  • In this unit, students will be reintroduced to the terminology and applications of the elements and principles of design. Students will review the critical analysis process, which they will apply when reviewing their own work and critiquing the work of others. Students will learn the preferred format for sketchbook page submissions for this course. They will examine how Canadian copyright law influences the professional activities of artists.

UNIT TWO

Drawing the Portrait in Graphite

Essential Question: How has the human form been portrayed by different cultures? What are the strengths and challenges of graphite as a medium?

  • In this unit, students will practice the techniques used by graphite artists to create texture and changes in value. Students will experiment with a variety of pencil densities, complete sketchbook pages, and a final artwork. Students will learn about two artists whose work has impacted the history of art in Canada, especially in the field of drawing. Students will also learn about communicating narrative, as they complete your final artwork.

UNIT THREE

Depicting Space in Pen and Ink

Essential Question: How can space and volume be described in two-dimensions? How have Canadian artists of diverse backgrounds used ink drawing/ink painting to communicate? What are the strengths and challenges of ink as a medium?

  • In this unit, students will learn how to use technical pens, employing a variety of shading techniques. Students will be introduced to two Canadian artists whose work in pen and ink show very different approaches to illustrating aspects of Canadian identity. Students will also create, and comment on, their own unique works in pen.

UNIT FOUR

Painting Still-Life with Watercolour

Essential Question: How is painting unlike dry media? How have Canadian artists of diverse backgrounds used watercolour painting to communicate? What are the strengths and challenges of watercolour as a medium?

  • In this unit, students will be introduced to painting with watercolours, a medium with a rich history in Canada. Students will learn different aspects of colour theory and colour mixing, different paint application techniques, and about the different qualities of watercolour materials. Students will learn about Canadian watercolour artists who have drawn from the natural beauty of the country, and they will paint objects from nature in their own still-life.

UNIT FIVE

Relief Sculpture in Clay

Essential Question: How are 3-dimensional media unlike 2-dimensional media? How have Canadian artists of diverse backgrounds used relief sculpture to communicate? What are the strengths and challenges of clay sculpture as a medium?

  • In this unit, students will learn about the relief sculpting illustration techniques of Barbara Reid, as well as other Canadian relief sculptors. Students will experiment with Reid’s medium, before creating a final work that reflects their own ideas about Canada. Students will be able to apply their knowledge of colour mixing in this novel context, and learn to change lighting conditions while photographing sculpture.

CULMINATING PROJECT

30% of Final Grade

  • This project is the final evaluation of this course. In this final unit, students will apply all the knowledge and skills they have developed over the course. This project will be worth 30% of the final grade.