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Visual Arts

The art program is designed to interest students in artistic activities that have a practical value in their own lives, and that encourage them to think and behave as artists. We believe that all students are capable of high quality creative work, and that they can generate ideas and develop techniques within their visual field. Through exploration, they will evolve a visual vocabulary to enable them to express their thoughts and feelings. They will also be encouraged to develop verbal communication skills that will help them understand, discuss and cherish art forms. Students will complete required projects that encourage personal vision; they will also do independent work. The following course options are available at Lord Byng: 

 

Course Description  

Animation 09/10/11/12
(MVA--09ANI/YCCT-0AANI/ YCCT-1AANI / YCCT-2AANI)
Grades: 9 to 12                                                                                    
Prerequisite: Strong art/design background
Supplemental Supplies: Students bring their own headphone/microphone/ CDRW; USB memory stick strongly recommended. 
Students will explore graphics, 2D animation, 3D animation and web graphics. We will investigate the hardware (scanners, digital cameras) and the software (Flash, Cinema 4D, PhotoShop) to support our projects. There will be explorations into sound and how to integrate computer-generated graphics into student videos.
 
Annual Production 10/11/12
(YCCT-CYB/YCCT-1CYB/YCCT-2CYB)                                  
Grades: 9 to 12                                                                                    
Prerequisite: Teacher permission 
This multi-grade, multi-ability-level class offers students a chance to learn and apply their computer skills to creating the school annual. Students are offered the opportunity to participate in the planning and execution of these tasks and learn new digital media skills. Knowledge of Fireworks, PageMaker, Photoshop, digital cameras, the Internet and written communication are an asset but all programs will be learned throughout the year. Teacher approval is required for entry to this class. Extra hours outside of class time required. Past attendance records are a concern for acceptance.
 
Art 08/09/10/11/12: Year 1 (MVA--08A1J/MVA--09A1J/MVAG-10A1J/MAF--11A1S/MAF--12A1S)
Grades: 8 to 12 (classes organized by Grade)                                
Supplemental Supplies: Art kit and sketchbook, $25 for consumable supplies  
This fun and creative course requires no previous art experience.  Students will be introduced to a variety of media such as oil pastels, paints, charcoal, India ink, collage, ceramics, paper-mache, and printmaking. Projects may include doodle art, cartooning, abstract painting, and sculpting an object in clay.  A sketchbook of ideas, interests and artwork is worked on each week. Effort and a willingness to try new things are at the foundation of this course.
 
Art 09/10/11/12: Year 2
(MVA--09A2J/MVAG-10A2J/MAF--11A2S/MAF--12A2S)
Grades: 9 to 12 (classes organized by Grade)                                
Prerequisite: 1 year experience
Supplemental Supplies: Art kit and sketchbook, $TBA for consumable supplies  
Learn to draw what you see and create what you imagine.  Art Year 2 builds on the confidence gained in Art Year 1 and includes many of the same materials and methods.   Instruction may include water colour painting, clay sculpture, charcoal and conte work, wire sculpture, print making, and line drawing techniques.  A sketchbook of ideas, interests and artwork is worked on each week. In addition to effort and a willingness to try new things, a beginning understanding and use of the principles of art and design is the foundation for this course.
 
Art 10/11/12: Year 3
(MVAG-10A3J/MAF--11A3S/MAF--12A3S)
Grades: 10 to 12                                                                                  
Prerequisite: Art Year 2
Supplemental Supplies: Art kit and sketchbook, $TBA for consumable supplies  
This course is for students wanting to take the next step as artists.  Art 3 builds on a student’s previous experience in art and introduces new materials and techniques. Students will continue to develop their understanding and use of the principles of art and design and will work in all media at a more advanced level. The types of materials that might be included are water colours, print making, acrylic paint, and use of photo transfers, transparencies, and collage for drawing and painting.
Field trips, artist visits and workshops will help students place their work in the context of other artists' work. Sketchbook work will become more individual and students may begin to develop a portfolio for art school from the work done in class.
 
Art 11/12: Year 4 (MAF--11A4S/MAF--12A4S)                
Grades: 11 or 12                                                                                  
Prerequisite: Art Year 3
Supplemental Supplies: Art kit and sketchbook, $TBA for consumable supplies  
Art Year 4 is the beginning of our senior program in Visual Arts. Using more challenging media, methods and concepts, this class will encourage art students to start building their own portfolios. The course may include media such as: acrylic painting on canvas, explorations into textile arts, advanced watercolour painting, and life drawing. Students are expected to build an art kit and maintain a sketchbook of ideas.
Students will take part in field trips to galleries and exhibits as part of this course. Artists and art school representatives will provide workshops and information about future opportunities for development.
 
  
Art 12: Year 5 (MAF--12A5S)                                         
Grades: 12                                                                                            
Prerequisite: Minimum “B” grade in Art Year 4, or consent of the instructor
Supplemental Supplies: Art kit and sketchbook, $TBA for consumable supplies 
Art Year 5 is our final year of our art program and is an excellent opportunity for students to prepare a strong portfolio of work for application to Art School. As in previous years, students are expected to build an art kit and maintain a sketchbook of ideas. Students will have a chance to use such methods as printmaking, collage, figure drawings, prisma colour drawing, acrylic painting and watercolour.
There will be many self-directed proposals, in which students will work on their individual style and develop their art portfolio. Field trips, films about art and artists, artist visits and workshops are part of this course.
 
Art 8: Byng Arts Honours (MVA--08BA)                        
Grades: 8 Byng Arts                                                                            
Prerequisite: Byng Arts, Portfolio approval
Corequisite: Byng Arts complement of courses
Supplemental Supplies: $TBA for consumable supplies. Students supply their own art kits and sketchbooks 
Honours Art 8 is the class designated for students accepted into the Byng Arts Program for Visual Arts at the Grade 8 level. This course is designed to build on each student's previous experience in Visual Arts and to develop his or her understanding of the elements and principles of design.  Students are expected to build an art kit, maintain a sketchbook of ideas, and to experiment with new art methods and materials.
 
Art 9: Byng Arts Honours (MVA--09BA)                        
Grades: 9 Byng Arts                                                                            
Prerequisite: Honours Art 8, Byng Arts Acceptance, Portfolio approval
Corequisite: Byng Arts complement of courses
Supplemental Supplies: $TBA for consumable supplies. Students supply their own art kits and sketchbooks  
Honours Art 9 is the class designated for students accepted into the Byng Arts Program for Visual Arts at the Grade 9 level. This course is designed to build on each student's previous experience in Visual Arts and to develop his or her understanding of the elements and principles of design.  Students are expected to build an art kit, maintain a sketchbook of ideas, and to experiment with new art methods and materials.
 
Art 10: Byng Arts Honours (MVAG-10BA)                     
Grades: 10 Byng Arts                                                                         
Prerequisite: Honours Art 9, Byng Arts Acceptance, Portfolio approval
Corequisite: Byng Arts complement of courses
Supplemental Supplies: $TBA for consumable supplies. Students supply their own art kits and sketchbooks 
Honours Art 10 is the class designated for students accepted into the Byng Arts Program for Visual Arts at the Grade 10 level. This course is designed to build on each student's previous experience in Visual Arts and to develop his or her understanding of the elements and principles of design.  Students are expected to build an art kit, maintain a sketchbook of ideas, and to experiment with new art methods and materials.
 
Art 11: Byng Arts Honours (MSADP11BA)
Grades: 11 Byng Arts                                                                         
Prerequisite: Portfolio approval –Byng Arts
Corequisite: Byng Arts complement of courses
Supplemental Supplies: $TBA for consumable supplies. Students supply their own art kits and sketchbooks 
Honours Art 11 is the class designated for students accepted into the Byng Arts Program for Visual Arts at the Grade 11 level. This demanding course is designed for highly motivated students who wish to challenge themselves as artists.  As in previous years, students are expected to build an art kit and maintain a sketchbook of ideas. In addition, students will have a chance to use such methods as print making, collage, figure drawings, prisma colour drawing, acrylic painting and watercolour, to create personally meaningful artwork and produce a strong art portfolio.
Students will take part in field trips to galleries and exhibits as part of this course. Artists and art school representatives will provide workshops and information about future opportunities for development.
 
Art 12: Byng Arts Honours (MSADP12BA)                     
Grades: 12 Byng Arts                                                                         
Prerequisite: Honours Art 11 and portfolio approval
Corequisite: Byng Arts complement of courses
Supplemental Supplies: $TBA for consumable supplies. Students supply their own art kits and sketchbooks  
Honours Art 12 is the class designated for students in the Byng Arts Program at the Grade 12 level. This senior course is designed for highly motivated students who wish to produce a strong art portfolio. In response to class assignments, students will use a wide variety of media to show their understanding of the elements and principles of design. Students will be expected to work to create a concentration of thematically related art, which demonstrates a clear personal style. Students will take part in field trips to galleries and exhibits as part of this course. Artists and art school representatives will provide workshops and information about future opportunities for development. As in previous years, students are expected to build an art kit and maintain a sketchbook of ideas.  Students have the option of submitting their portfolio for outside AP evaluation.  A mark of 3, 4, or 5 will be recognized as completion of a first year course by some schools.  
 
 
Art 09/10/11/12: Ceramics Intro                              
Grades: 9 to 12                                                                                    
Prerequisite: None
Supplemental Supplies: $TBA for consumable supplies  
This course will provide an opportunity for students to explore the MAGIC of MUD! Students will develop strong hand building skills (pinch pots, coils, slabs, etc.) as well as begin to develop throwing skills on the potter’s wheel. As well, surface treatment techniques, such as glazing and staining will be taught and developed. The course will challenge students to dream, design and BUILD!
 
Art 10/11/12: Ceramics Advanced                            
Grades: 10 to 12                                                                                  
Prerequisite: Ceramics, Intro
Supplemental Supplies: $TBA for consumable supplies  
This course will not only provide students an opportunity develop advanced techniques used in hand building, throwing and surface treatment, but will encourage students to work on their own to create a concentration of thematically related art which demonstrates personal style.
 
Art 11: Graphic Arts (YVPA-1D)                                    
Grades: 11 or 12                                                                                  
Prerequisite: 1 year art experience or permission of the teacher
Supplemental Supplies: Art kit, sketchbook and $TBA for consumable supplies  
This course is for creative students who want to express themselves visually. Students will learn to better communicate whether they are interested in advertising, activism, or simply improving presentation of schoolwork. Projects may include branding, typography, zines, silkscreen, posters, packaging and may cross over from 2-D to 3-D design. Work will be done both in the computer lab and by hand.
A sketchbook is integral to collect inspiration, ideas, and to record process throughout the year. An ability to draw is not a requirement but an attention to detail and craft would be an asset.
 
Art 12: Graphic Arts (YVPA-2D)                                    
Grades: 11 or 12                                                                                  
Prerequisite: 1 year art experience or permission of the teacher
Supplemental Supplies: Art kit, sketchbook and $TBA for consumable supplies 
This course is for creative students who want to express themselves visually. Students will learn to better communicate whether they are interested in advertising, activism, or simply improving presentation of schoolwork. Projects may include branding, typography, zines, silkscreen, posters, packaging and may cross over from 2D to 3D Design. Work will be done both in the computer lab and by hand. A sketchbook is integral to collect inspiration, ideas, and to record process throughout the year. An ability to draw is not a requirement but an attention to detail and craft would be an asset.
This course follows from Graphic Communications 11 and prepares students interested in post-graduate design coursework. Students may be partnered with clients.
 
Art 09/10/11/12: Sculpture Intro
(MVAC-10SCI/MSACS11SCI/MSAC12SCI)                           
Grades: 9 to 12                                                                                    
Prerequisite: None
Supplemental Supplies: $TBA for consumable supplies  
Learn to express yourself in three dimensions. This course takes elements of art and design and allows students to create 3D art pieces (vinyl toys, sculptures) and design objects (cellphones, mp3 players, building models). Students will take an idea from its conception to its fruition while giving attention to both artistic and technical detail. Architectural, conceptual and aesthetic elements will be involved.
Initially, students will work on simple projects proposed by the teacher. These projects will be created from materials such as clay, metal, wood, stone, plastic and paper. In order to fully implement their own ideas later in the course, students will explore the capabilities of various casting, molding and modeling techniques. Students will be guided on which tools to use with which materials and at the same time learn about their safe operation and handling. This course counts towards Visual Arts credits in the Mini School.
 
Art 10/11/12: Sculpture Advanced
(MVAC-10SCA/MSACS11SCA/MSAC12SCA)                         
Grades: 10, 11 or 12 with permission
Prerequisite: Introductory Sculpture, or permission from instructors
Supplemental Supplies: $TBA for consumable supplies
Skills learned in Introductory Sculpture will be applied in greater detail as students build upon their foundation skills.  Project ideas or themes are introduced by the instructor and change from year to year. Students use processes in the studio to explore ideas/themes and their reaction to them. This course counts towards Visual Arts credits in the Mini School.
 
Peer Tutoring 12 (Visual Art) (YIPS-2BPT)                   
Grades: 11 or 12                                                                                  
Prerequisite: Leadership capabilities and an interest in visual arts and/or teaching  
Senior Visual Art students coach and assist students in grade 8 or 9 art classes (Art 1, Art 2). As a teaching assistant or demonstrator, the student assumes considerable responsibility and challenge. This course will be a rewarding experience. 
   
Photography 09/10/11/12: Beginner
(MVA--09PHO/YVPA-0KBEG/YVPA-1PBEG/YVPA-2NBEG)     
Grades: 9 to 12                                                                                    
 
This course provides the foundation for students to create dynamic and expressive photo imagery.  Basic digital cameras will be used to build an intuitive working knowledge of design as it applies to photography.  This will be further developed through the introduction of photoshop as a powerful post-production aid.  Strong file manipulation and management skills will in turn be fostered through this process. Students will also explore film photography and the magic of the traditional dark room as a means to understanding light and its essential role in photographic process and expression.  Community walks and occasional field trips are important parts of this course as we explore the world around us through the cameras lens.
 
Photography 10/11/12: Advanced
(YVPA-0KADV/YVPA-1PADV/YVPA-2NADV)                         
Grades: 10 to 12
Prerequisite: Introductory  Photography
Supplemental Supplies: $TBA for consumable supplies and enrichment
Students will be using Digital SLR’s, or equivalent cameras that have both manual shutter and aperture control, and are strongly encouraged to bring their own.
Designed as an intermediate to advanced course, the goal of this course is to begin developing each student’s unique photographic voice and style.  This course continues with the exploration of technical photographic issues as basis for creative freedom.   Students will becomes comfortable using manual aperture and shutter settings while exploring photographic techniques, such as blur photography, and deliberate over & under exposure. We will dive deeper into photoshop as a means of artistic expression and development, and those students who are interested will get an opportunity to further develop their traditional darkroom skills. As the year progresses students will have the opportunity to begin independently exploring areas of  specific interest: such as portraiture, fashion, street photography, landscapes, sports/ action etc…