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Visual Arts - AVI1O

ILC Course Code: AVI1O-B

Grade 9, Open, 1.0 credit

Course Description

AVI10 is an online only Grade 9 level, Visual Arts course which includes art appreciation and art creation. This course was created in conjunction with the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. You will see and learn about the wonderful art works that are housed in the National Gallery of Canada, without traveling there!

In this course, you will create art works that integrate the fundamental components of design known as elements (colour, form, line, shape, space, texture, and value). You will explore design principles (balance, contrast, emphasis, harmony, movement, proportion, rhythm and repetition, unity, and variety) and you will use both elements and principles to produce artistic compositions.

Online Submission

Online submission of course work is required for this course using Microsoft Word © or OpenOffice Writer.

Supplementary materials

You will need a sketch book, some drawing pencils, pencil crayons, scissors, a ruler, some paints, and some other basic art supplies. You will need a way to scan or take pictures of your art work when you are ready to submit them for assessment.

Unit 1: Foundations and Connections

By the end of the first lesson, you will begin to see the connections between the principles and elements of art and how these elements are the foundation of all art. You’ll then use them to create and analyze artworks. In the second lesson, you will create an abstract design based on your own initials. In lessons three and four, you will practice using contour lines and pencil shading, two basic art skills. Finally, in lesson five, you will create shaded pencil drawings as you follow the steps of the creative process.

Unit 2: Environments and Spaces

In this unit, you will add colour, paint, and perspective to your artistic toolbox. You’ll learn how to mix colours, create a colour wheel, and value scales and how to work with color schemes to create mood, message, and meaning in your art. You’ll also begin to work with perspective and learn how to use it to represent interior and exterior scenes. You’ll use the techniques of atmospheric perspective to create the illusion of depth. You’ll practice using linear perspective with a number of exercises that establish an eye level, horizon level, vanishing point, and receding parallel lines. By studying some important Canadian landscape paintings, you’ll see how artists make use of planes within a picture. You’ll also start painting in this unit mixing colours, applying washes and a variety of other techniques to create different effects. You will close out the unit by creating an artwork in colour that depicts interior and exterior space.

Unit 3: Communication and Expression

You will begin the unit by viewing historical examples of signs and symbols, looking at type figures, and visual puns. This introduction to graphic design will get you thinking about how symbols, colour, and text can be used to identify products and people. You’ll understand how logos are designed to build recognition. After seeing print making techniques and reading about the history of print making, you’ll create a series of original art works through stenciling and printing. You’ll move on to look at mixed media, collage, and the issues associated with copyright and health and safety of you, the artist, but also of the environment. The final task of the unit involves creating your own self-portrait in the style and medium of your choice.

Unit 4: Memory and Identity

Oscar Wilde once said, “Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not the sitter.” What about when artists explicitly decide to portray themselves? In this lesson, you will look at self-portraits, and explore a variety of ways artists have represented themselves. You’ll see that a self-portrait can communicate information not only about the artist, but also about the time in which he or she lived. This lesson will show you self-portraits in a wide variety of styles, and you will be encouraged to look at more online. Finally, you’ll choose a style that you feel personally connected to, and create a self-portrait.

This is the English version of the course.

Click here to view the French version of the course.