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Art 10 Course Outline

Catholic Central High School, Quarter 4, Spring 2014

Time: Mon. to Thurs. 8:03am -10:47am / Friday 8:03 am 9:53am
Instructor: Miss Grady (April 14 May 23)
Email: gradya@holyspirit.ab.ca

Course Description:
The Art 10 course is intended to develop visual literacy proficiency through an
emphasis in a variety of visual theoretical and practical art learning experiences. Visual
learning is guided by the Alberta Art Program of Studies that considers three major
Drawings: The ways we record visual information and discoveries.
Compositions: The ways images are put together to create meaning.
Encounters: Where we meet and how we respond to visual imagery.
This studio course will provide students with opportunities to:
o Apply personal artistic expression and critical thinking skills in image creation.
o Experience a variety of processes and approaches in art making.
o Acquire knowledge of art developments and artists working processes.
o Build art vocabulary and communication skills in art critiques and class discussions
using the formal art elements.
o Develop technical skills, as well as visual and material sensitivity in two-dimensional
and three-dimensional image making.
o Explore representation in art and visual culture.
o Cultivate discipline, research and work ethic.
o Explore arts related careers.

Course Topics:
Unit 1: Photo-Arts
Photography as an art form.
Camera as perspective art tool.
Visual Literacy exercises how to interpret and compose images.
Unit 2: Printing
Exposure to collagraph and embossed printmaking, bookbinding, presentation &
installation for artworks.
Unit 3: Painting
Colour Theory.
Exploration of paint and paint techniques.
Canvas creation.
Unit 4: Drawings
Practice in drawing and illustration skills and rendering techniques.
Conceptual development in self-expression.
Unit 5: Design
Exploration of the design process and its relationship to various design fields of study
and occupations.
Design practice and development of qualitative judgments.
Unit 6: Sculpture
Sculpture as an artwork that exists in three dimensions.
Exploration of various sculptural materiality and construction methods.
Identifying the relationship of objects in space.
Application of personal theme in sculpture creation exposing multiple perspectives.

Course Structure:
Classes are structured with a series of presentations on historical and contemporary art,
featured artists, class demonstrations (workshops), studio projects, group critiques, and
individual consultation. On occasion there will be out of studio art projects and art gallery
Studio Projects:
Each project will address material, technical and conceptual skills to provide a variety of
learning experiences in art making.
The sketchbook is the artists personal workbook to express his/her individuality. Students
are required to keep and organize a sketchbook throughout the semester see the Alter-
Sketchbook Project guidelines. Essentially, it is the place where student artists will
explore, experiment, work out and record ideas, thoughts, observations, research, art
terms, and other art knowledge.
Students are responsible to maintain all drawings and two-dimensional work in a portfolio,
which will be submitted for grading at mid-term and at the end of the semester see the
portfolio guidelines.
Group Critique:
A major component of visual art is the ability to critique -make qualitative, aesthetic
judgments about a work of art using the language of art. As a form of direct learning,
students will develop visual literacy skills by describing, analyzing, interpreting and
evaluating works of art to understand and make meaning of its content. Students will
respond to and analyze various artwork sources by considering its subject, form, material,
technique, and historical and cultural backgrounds. In addition to student self-critiques and
peer critiques in both, oral and written communication contexts, students will gain practice
in synthesizing the relationship between their own points of view and that, which is
intended by the artist see the Analyzing Artworks: A Step-by-Step Guide.
Student Research Components:
Throughout the course we will be examining the question of what is art. As a way of
learning about art, student artists will engage with art ideas and concepts through various
research methods, an important component for artistry development:
1. Pinterest Students will organize and manage a collection of visual images, news
articles, artist videos, art concepts, etc., as a means to help recognize ideas and art
concepts in his/her everyday environment and to connect how these might tie into art
or act as a conception to creating art. It is a place to display and voice ideas that
matter to you and provide you with inspiration for making art.
2. Student Chosen Artist Videos Students will be provided with a number of art
websites to research artists of interest that relate to our unit topics and to present the
video to their peers.
3. Word Tools for your Life Toolkit Students will consider positive messages
(inspirational quotes) that help to remind, guide, support, and move him/her to make
winning choices and lead positive approaches in his/her everyday life and to share
this with their peers. It is an opportunity to express oneself as an artist and to build a
positive artist community in learning about one another and cherishing all walks of

An Exploration of Careers in Art and Design:
Education is meant to prepare and equip students for the future world of work. How do the
art activities we do in this art studio relate to careers in art and design? As student artists
in this course, you are participating in art projects that will allow you to develop new
knowledge and skills and to exercise your creativity and imagination in your interests and
passions, helping you to recognize your talent, uniqueness and individuality. As an
extension of this art course, students will explore how their attributes may apply to some
exciting careers for future consideration by learning from various art/design expert guest

Non-Academic Expectations:
Students will support a safe and positive classroom environment by following these
standards of classroom conduct:
o Respect others.
o Demonstrate empathy for others.
o Maintain positive interpersonal relationships.
o Actively participate and encourage the involvement of others.
o Give and respond to feedback appropriately.
o Be responsible and accountable: punctuality, consistency, reliability, and attendance.
o Show enthusiasm and initiative.
o Demonstrate maturity and good judgment.
o Demonstrate a commitment to learning and doing your personal best.
o Cooperate and work collaboratively in an artists based community

Project assignments will be assessed on an ongoing basis. Meeting project deadlines is
the responsibility of the student. Students are allowed the opportunity to make
improvements or revisions to any project work in anticipation of making a better grade.
Attendance, active participation and self-motivation, in addition to your contribution as a
supportive and positive member of this class are essential for your success in this course.

70% Course work (Studio Projects)
20% Alter-Sketchbook Project
10% Research Component (Pinterest/ Artist Video/ Tools for Life)

Studio Policy:
Health and Safety:
Procedural guidelines and demonstrations will be provided when learning to use new
equipment for proper use and or handling of and disposal of materials. Locations of the
First Aid Kits, emergency access telephone, and Fire Drill procedures will be reviewed on
Studio Use and Clean-Up:
It is a privilege to work in an art studio with a community of artists. In order to make it
enjoyable for everyone we need to treat the studio and equipment with respect. All
students are responsible for assisting in studio clean up and ensuring their workspace is
tidy and well organized.
Late Arrivals:
Attendance is documented (twice) and a late or early dismissal constitutes an absence.

Food and Drink:
Typically, food is prohibited from the art studio because art materials in use may
contaminate food sources. On occasion, snacks will be allowed, while watching a movie
or participating in celebratory events. Bottled water and drinks with lids are acceptable.
Try to use the established class break times to replenish.
Cell phones / Electronic devices:
Cell / smart phones or any other electronic devices need to be stored away (in your locker
or in your bag), out of site when their use is not required. One warning will be provided,
but on a second term, your phone will be stored away in a basket till the end of class.
Personal listening devices (mp3, I-pods or smart phones) are not allowed during class
time because separating yourself from the sound environment interferes with your safety
and your ability to listen to instruction, interact with fellow artists, and participate fully in
activities. However, on occasion music will be played openly in the studio for promoting a
positive working environment.
Plagiarism is the act of representing another persons words or ideas as your own. Simply,
dont do it!
Students with disabilities:
Please notify me if you are a student that has a medically diagnosed disability, so that I
may ensure appropriate accommodations are made for you, if required.
Contacting Instructor Students:
For students needing to report absences, illness or to make an appointment, I may be
contacted by email.

Be committed to do, what it takes, to have what you want