AV13M Visual Arts Grade 11 Univ/College Prep

Angela · November 8, 2020

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 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. The course 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 1Introduction to Terms, Tools and Techniques10 hours
Unit 2Drawing the Portrait in Graphite22 hours
Unit 3Depicting Space in Pen and Ink22 hours
Unit 4Painting Still-Life with Watercolor22hours
Unit 5Relief Sculpture in Clay22 hours
Unit 6Culminating Project12 hours


Unit One: Introduction to Terms, Tools and Techniques

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

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

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

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 

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.

Unit Six: Culminating Project

This project is the final evaluation of AVI3M online. 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.



By the end of this course, students will:

A1.          The Creative Process: apply the creative process to create a variety of art works, individually and/or collaboratively;

A2.          The Elements and Principles of Design: apply the elements and principles of design to create art works for the purpose of self-expression and to communicate ideas, information, and/or messages;

A3.          Production and Presentation: produce art works, using a variety of media/materials and traditional and emerging technologies, tools, and techniques, and demonstrate an understanding of a variety of ways of presenting their works and the works of others.

By the end of this course, students will:
B1.The Critical Analysis Process: demonstrate an understanding of the critical analysis process by examining, interpreting, evaluating, and reflecting on various art works;
B2. Art, Society, and Values: demonstrate an understanding of how art works reflect the society in which they were created, and of how they can affect both social and personal values; 
B3.Connections Beyond the Classroom: describe opportunities and requirements for continued engagement in visual arts.

C.            FOUNDATIONS

By the end of this course, students will:

C1.          Terminology: demonstrate an understanding of, and use correct terminology when referring to, elements, principles, and other components related to visual arts;

C2.          Conventions and Techniques: demonstrate an understanding of conventions and techniques used in the creation of visual art works;

C3.          Responsible Practices: demonstrate an understanding of responsible practices related to visual arts.


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  • 6 Lessons
  • 1 Quiz