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Course Pathways Chart

Visual Arts, Open AVI1OI

This course is designed for the beginner artist and the artist who is looking to build on their skills. Learn various tools and techniques used in drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking. Have fun creating drawings in pencil and coloured pencil, paint your favourite character, creature or beast in acrylic paint, learn the basics of how to work with clay and etch your own series of prints using the intaglio process. Learn about Prehistoric, Egyptian and Greek art history. This course will give you the skills and experience to prepare you for further art courses.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: Open
GRADE: 9

Media Arts, Open ASM2OI

This course enables students to create art works by exploring traditional and contemporary art forms. Students will create artworks by exploring emerging technologies such as DSLR cameras, Powerpoint and Photoshop. Students will acquire communications skills that are transferable beyond the media arts classroom and develop an understanding of responsible practices related to the creative process. Students will develop the skills necessary to create, interpret, and analyze media art works. Activities include: graphic art, photo-collage, cartooning and storyboards, portrait photography and advertising.
COURSE NOTE: Recommended Pre-requisite: AVI1OI
eLearning – this course may also be offered as an eLearning course by WCDSB in either Semester 1 or 2 next year (2011-2012). You will be notified by your Guidance Counsellor if this becomes an option for you to consider.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: Open
GRADE: 10

Visual Arts, Open AVI2OI

This course builds on the skills and techniques learned in the grade 9 visual art course. Beginners are welcome! Students will continue to work with various tools and learn more advanced techniques used in drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking. Learn how to draw portraits, develop your coloured pencil technique with illustration work, utilize more advanced painting techniques with acrylic paint, create a sculpture in the round using clay and design a relief print using softoleum. Students will learn about Roman, Early Christian, Byzantine and Gothic art. This course will give you the skills and experience to prepare you for senior art courses.
COURSE NOTE: Recommended Pre-requisite: AVI1OI
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: Open
GRADE: 10

Crafts – Open AWA2OI

This hands-on course is for students who want to experience something different! Learn various tools and techniques using a wide variety of materials (e.g. textiles, string, wood, 3D printing, glass, ceramics, paper maché, leather). Projects may include: sock monkeys, string art, stained glass/mosaics, pyrography (wood burning), 3D sculpture/design, macramé (bracelets), leather work and knitting.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: Open
GRADE: 10

O – Media Arts, Open ASM3OI

This course enables students to create artworks using traditional art forms along with available and emerging technologies. Students will explore the elements and principles of media arts, the connections between contemporary media artworks and the importance of using responsible practices when engaged in the creative process. Students will develop the skills necessary to create, interpret, and analyze media artworks.
Activities include: photo manipulation, graphic, photomontage, portrait photography, and computer animation.
COURSE NOTE: Recommended: Any Grade 9 and 10 course in Visual or Media Arts
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: Open
GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: ADA1OI – Drama, Open or ADA2OI – Drama, Open – Intermediate Acting or ASM2OI – Media Arts, Open or ATC2OI – Dance, Open – Intro. to Dance or AVI1OI – Visual Arts, Open or AVI2OI – Visual Arts, Open or AMV1OI – Music – Vocal, Open or AMV2OI – Music – Vocal, Open

O – Crafts, Open AWA3OI

This hands-on course is for students who want to build on tools and techniques learned in grade 10 crafts, or for students who want to experience this for the first time! Students can create work that can be added to their portfolio. Work with various materials such as acrylic ink, wood, textiles, glass, clay, paper, as well as materials found in the environment. Projects may include silk screen printing or airbrushing (t-shirts/posters), pyrography (wood burning), stitching, stained glass, mosaics, glass etching, glass fusing, clay sculpture and 3D design/printing.
COURSE NOTE: Recommended: Visual Arts, Grade 9 or 10 (AVI1O or AVI2O) or Crafts, Grade 10 (AWA2O)
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: Open
GRADE: 11

O – Visual Arts-Photography AWQ3OI

This is a course for those who want to learn the basics of photography as an art form. Students will learn the basics of art and photography. Students will examine historical figures in photography, technical aspects of photography and the basics of Photoshop. The emphasis is on basic photography and photoshop skills as well as literacy skill development.
Projects include: forced perspective, nature photography, documentary photography, artistic photography, portraiture and motion photography.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: Open
GRADE: 11

U/C – Visual Arts, University/College AVI3MI

This course 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. Students will develop an extensive portfolio of work through the completion of projects in a variety of media; pen and wash, watercolour pencils, coloured pencils, scratchboard as well as watercolour and acrylic painting. Students will also design a project based on their own theme, media and style. Students will also have a special opportunity to create a large-scale mural in the school for their final project. Art from the Renaissance, Baroque, Neo-classical and Romantic periods will be studied.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: University/College
GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: AVI1OI – Visual Arts, Open or AVI2OI – Visual Arts, Open

U/C – Photography, University/College AWQ3MI

This course builds on the skills acquired in introductory photography and further challenges students to work in a variety of photographic genres. The emphasis continues to be on technical quality and the development of personal responses and innovative imagery. Students will examine the concepts of and middle period of photographic history and apply a full range of analytical criteria to photographic works. The emphasis is on professional standards, formal communication and applications.
Projects include: pinhole photography, motion photography, portraiture, urban photography and artistic photography.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: University/College
GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: Any Grade 9 or 10 visual arts course (including media arts) or AWQ3OI

U/C – Visual Arts, University/College AVI4MI

Do you enjoy art and are looking to pursue an art program in post-secondary or are you a student that loves art and would benefit from having a creative and artistic time in your day? This is the course for you! This senior studio art course enables students to further explore a range of materials, processes, and techniques that can be applied to their own art production as well as to help them build their own portfolio of work for post-secondary art programs. Projects in this course are based in the areas of illustration, painting, mixed media and sculpture. Students will continue to broaden their skills using a variety of media (ie. conté crayon and pastel, oil painting, pen and wash) A highlight of this course involves the opportunity for students to design a painting for the annual Resurrection Christmas cards. Art from the Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Fauvism, German Expressionism and Cubism periods will be studied.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: University/College
GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: AVI3MI – U/C – Visual Arts, University/College

U/C – Photography – University/College AWQ4MI

This course further builds on established technological and design skills and introduces a number of advanced approaches and techniques. The emphasis is on the development of personal strategies and the development of a professional portfolio. A study of Modern and Contemporary photography will help to ground and inspire student work. A digital component will also be included in the course. This course fully prepares students for post-secondary study in creative arts, graphic arts, or photography careers.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: University/College
GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: AWQ3MI – U/C – Photography, University/College or AWQ3OI – O – Visual Arts-Photography

U/C – Portfolio Development; Emphasis – Rendering Techniques And Architectural Illustration AWT4MI

This self-directed course is designed for students interested in developing their portfolios for post-secondary programs such as fine arts, photography, animation, architecture, interior design and graphic design. Students will select and design projects using a variety of media with their post-secondary program in mind. Projects may include; drawing in pencil and coloured pencil, pen and ink, acrylic painting, oil painting, figure drawing, monoprints, clay sculpture, mixed media, watercolour pencils, photography, printmaking and video-editing. Interview preparation is also provided in this course
Recommended: Visual Arts (AVI3M); Photography (AWQ3MI); Media Studies (ASM3OI); Architecture Design (TDA3MI)
COURSE NOTE: This is an art course and will not count toward the Group 3 Technology compulsory Credit.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: University/College
GRADE: 12