Senior Visual Arts (Studio Arts)

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

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

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 art 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 on canvas

- Collage

- Watercolour painting

- 3D sculpture using cardboard and glue



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 Collage and Grid Drawing

·        8”x10” collage sketchbook Assignment #3

·        Grid Drawing Assignment

·        Grid (or not) Painting project


Module 4 Colour theory and acrylic painting:

·        Introduction to colour wheel

·        Colour wheel Sketchbook assignment #4

·        Painting project assigned


Module 5 Post Modern principles of Design

·        Sketchbook Assignment #5: Traditional and Postmodern Principles of Design