Visual Arts at Ashbury
The Grade 4 Visual Arts program introduces students to media, concepts, and the chance to develop technical skills through the use of a hands-on, open-ended approach. The course offers an overview of visual arts as a foundation. Throughout the course, students engage in collaborative projects and consider many co-curricular links. Students begin to understand the elements and principles of design, with additional attention placed on developing an understanding of the principle of ‘emphasis’ and the expressive qualities of various media. Projects are designed to build student confidence and awareness for personal expression. Importance is placed on self-reliance, self-monitoring and a safe environment while working in a practical subject area. Students are introduced to the critical analysis process while viewing examples of art periods within Canadian art and art of other cultures. Through working with a range of materials, processes, techniques and styles, students are required to use problem-solving skills to solve artistic efforts in their art production in both two- and three-dimensional art projects.
The Grade 5 Visual Arts program continues to expose students to a variety of media and artistic concepts through the use of a hands-on, open-ended approach. Through individual and collaborative creation, students continue to gain confidence to build on and develop conceptual and technical skills. Prominence is placed on self-reliance, self-monitoring, and the need for a safe environment while working in a practical subject area. The students are given the opportunity to utilize the creative process while producing two- and three-dimensional artworks that communicate a range of ideas (thoughts, feelings, experiences) for specific purposes and to specific audiences. Students continue to gain awareness of the elements and principles of design, with additional attention placed on the principle of ‘proportion’. Students learn to think critically to produce and respond to artworks from various cultures that hold many co-curricular links. Students are encouraged to compare and contrast a variety of artworks, and to begin to use correct vocabulary and terminology while discussing artworks.
The Grade 6 Visual Arts program continues to develop the ability of the students to think creatively and critically while gaining technical skills, and the confidence to work independently. Students continue to develop knowledge of the expressive qualities of a variety of media, and can work with a range of materials, processes, techniques, and styles. Learners are challenged to come up with innovative solutions to projects through individual and collaborative efforts. They are encouraged to analyze and critique particular examples of each other’s artwork and the art of other periods and cultures. In doing so, students gain an understanding of arts connection to personal, conceptual, and social subjects. Within a project, students identify their use of the elements and principles of design. Grade 6 students learn to distinguish between formal (symmetrical) and informal (asymmetrical) balance in compositions and to use the appropriate tools, materials, and techniques for a topic. Students are encouraged to produce two- and three-dimensional works of art that communicate a variety of ideas and to explain using correct vocabulary and art terminology of how artistic choices affect the viewer.
The Grade 7 Visual Arts program continues to develop students’ creativity and ability to communicate in a visual way through exposure to a variety of forms, genres, and styles of artistic expression. Two and three-dimensional projects challenge students to manipulate elements and forms to convey feelings and thoughts for specific purposes and audiences. Throughout the course, students will collaborate to reflect on the cultural diversity of Canada and the world. Prominence is placed on increasing student understanding of the significance of artistic expression for combining new thinking with present knowledge. Students are encouraged to take a personal and innovative approach to artistic challenges while using applicable tools, materials, and techniques for a topic. The Grade 7 students will continue to explore the elements and principles of design. All learners will determine connections between the elements and principles of design and explain how artistic choices affect the viewer while utilizing correct vocabulary and terminology. In addition, students will become more familiar with the principle of ‘unity and harmony’ through the exploration of radical balance, similarity, continuity, alignment, and proximity.
Students participating in the Grade 8 Visual Arts program have opted into the discipline. The year is viewed as a transition year between Junior and Senior art programs. Students continue to explore a variety of media, concepts, and interpretations of personal, conceptual, and culturally reflective topics. Each student furthers his or her understanding of the elements and principles of design, with emphasis on the principle of ‘movement’ by leading a viewer’s eye using direct and implied actions. The Grade 8 students continue to build on their understanding of the eight stages of the creative process by using problem-solving skills to illustrate a range of thoughts, feelings, and experiences. By utilizing each step of the creative process to plan work, students can emphasize the main idea they wish to communicate. Each pupil is encouraged to be aware of the artistic decisions they have made to support that message. Learners are encouraged to identify strengths and areas for improvement in their work and that of others, and to describe possible strategies for improving their work. The program focuses on creating and exploring work in an open and collaborative environment where learners feel safe creating and sharing their ideas.