Art 9 (Studio Arts)

For a general overview of this course, please visit the BC Government site.

Overview: Visual arts 9 is a survey course of different mediums used by students in the creation of artifacts.

There is also a large emphasis placed on digital literacy and creation

It should be noted that there is equal importance placed on what is being created (and therefore communicated), as there is on what medium is chosen.

Students in this course begin the year reviewing the visual elements (line, tone, value, etc.), and traditional principles of design (pattern, rhythm, etc.), as well as the Postmodern Principles of Design.

There is a strong emphasis on learning the technical aspects of studio art, photography, and film making so as to be better able to communicate what one wishes to communicate.

When larger projects are introduced, students are shown works by established artists and as a group we discuss and decipher these works technically, as well as stylistically and for content.

Students are then encouraged to create works in a similar style or media as used by an artist.

Throughout the year, students complete a number of smaller assignments in their sketchbooks for marking. These sketchbooks are the property of the student and students are encouraged to use them for daily drawing exercises.

Mediums used:

Students will be introduced to:

- India ink and nib drawing

-Acrylic painting

- Collage

- Watercolour painting

- 3D sculpture using cardboard and glue

-Stop motion animation

-Darkroom Photography


-Video editing


It is expected that students submit proposals for projects in the correct manner as specified by their instructor. This could be as a digital submission, through discussion, or through a sketchbook entry.

Students will also be shown how to scan, photograph, and retouch their work in Photoshop so it can be presented in a digital format, or included in a portfolio.


Module 1 Introduction:

·       Class procedures outlined

·       Sketchbooks handed out

·       Overview of Visual Elements and Principles of Design

·       Sketchbook Assignment #1: Visual Elements

Module 2 India Ink:

·       Overview of medium

·       Demonstrations of nibs and brushes

·       #2 Sketchbook assignment

·       India ink Project

Module 3 Post Modern principles of Design

·       Sketchbook Assignment #3: Traditional and Postmodern Principles of Design

Module 4 Watercolour:

·       Watercolour demo

·       Watercolour #3 Sketchbook assignment

·       Major Assignment Watercolour and India ink combined

Module 5 Colour theory and acrylic painting:

·       Introduction to colour wheel

·       Introduction to Tints and shades

·       Colour wheel and tints/shades Sketchbook assignment#5

·       Tiko Kerr painting assigned (major assignment)

Module 6 Artist statement (Major Asignment):

·       Research 5 artists or movements that influence you

·       Biography

·       Artist Statement

·       Scanning lesson

·       Photography documentation demo

·       PDF of artist statement submission

Module 7 Self directed final project:

·       Sketchbook assignment #6: proposal for final project

·       Final Project due