Visual Arts at THESTUDENTSCHOOL

TSS offers a strong arts program that encourages personal expression and exploration while learning new technical skills. While it would be beneficial to have a grade 9 or 10 art credit, it is not a prerequisite for a TSS art course.

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Ceramics (AWC 3M/4M) Grades 11&12

This course serves as an introduction to the basic skills and techniques of clay. Students will learn a variety of hand building and decorative methods through studio projects. In addition to hands-on skills, students will also learn about the elements and

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principles of art/design, the creative process, as well as the historical and cultural significance of clay and ceramics. Students will work in a studio environment with a goal of producing creative works reflecting their personal beliefs and expression.  

Many students find clay to be a meditative and soothing medium to work with! Due to the nature of clay, consistent attendance is key and the majority of the projects will be completed in class.

 

Visual Art Portfolio (AVI3M/4M) Grades 11&12

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In this course, students will explore a variety of media and develop a basic portfolio for either their own private collection or for post secondary portfolio interviews. Some of the media explored include pencil, pastels, ink, clay, acrylic, and watercolour. In addition to hands-on skills and techniques, students will also learn about the elements and principles of art/design, the creative process, as well as traditional art history. 


This is your core visual art course. If you want to try a little bit of everything, this is the course for you!

Fashion and Textile Design (AWI3/4M) Grades 11&12

This course provides students with opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge in visual arts, particularly in fashion and textile design. Students will explore a wide range of subject matter through studio activities. They will also learn basic skills and

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knowledge in areas such as hand sewing, fabric dying, and printmaking. In addition to hands-on skills, students will also learn about the elements and principles of design, the creative process, as well as the historical and cultural significance of fashion. Students will work in a studio environment with a goal of developing their own portfolio of work as well as producing creative works that reflect their personal beliefs and expression.

Many students find this course both creative and practical. You will learn to not only express yourself through design, but practical skills such as repairing your own clothes.

Crafts (AWA3M/4M) Grades 11&12

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This course enables students to broaden their knowledge and skills in crafts. Students will learn basic skills and techniques in a variety of different media that may include needle felting, jewelry making, ceramics, collage, fabric, mosaic, and/or multimedia works. In addition to hands-on skills, students will also learn about the elements and principles of art/design, the creative process, as well as the historical and cultural significance of craft. Students will work in a studio environment with a goal of producing creative works with an emphasis on personal expression.

Looking for something different from the traditional arts? This course is for you! 

Sculpture (AWP3M/4M) Grades 11&12

This course serves as an introduction to the world of sculpture. Students will explore a variety of media to produce works in three

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dimensional form such as clay, packing tape, papier mache, found objects, soap carving, etc. In addition to hands-on skills, students will also learn about the elements and principles of art/design, the creative process, as well as sculptural art history. Students will work in a studio environment with a goal of producing creative works that expresses their personal beliefs and ideas. 

No experience required! Only a desire to try something new. :) 

​Printmaking (AWO3M/4M) Grades 11&12

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This course serves as an introduction to the basic skills and techniques of printmaking. Students will explore a variety of methods to produce work for their portfolio such as collography, stenciling, silk screening, and lino block printing. In addition to hands-on skills, students will also learn about the elements and principles of art/design, the creative process, as well as the historical and cultural significance of printmaking. Students will work in a studio environment with a goal of producing creative works reflecting their personal beliefs and expression.

Printmaking can be surprisingly physically demanding! Many students enjoy the physical act of printmaking as well as an opportunity to express themselves without necessarily drawing. 

Drawing and Painting (AWM3M/4M) Grades 11&12

This course serves as a more focused examination into drawing and painting. Students will explore a variety of media such as

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pencil crayons, oil pastels, watercolour, acrylic, charcoal, etc. In addition to hands-on skills, students will also learn about the elements and principles of art/design, the creative process, as well as some art history. Students will work in a studio environment with a goal of producing creative works that expresses their personal beliefs and ideas. 

Many students enjoy this course as an opportunity to further develop their drawing and painting skills! 

Photography (AWQ3M/4M) - Grade 11&12

The purpose of this course is to allow students to convey a message through an original image. Students will learn and articulate the ‘language’ of photography by gaining a strong understanding of its technical applications, as well as the aesthetic qualities. Students will have access to Adobe Photoshop, and 35mm Nikon cameras with video capabilities. Students will work in a computer lab to hone their creative and technical skills. 


Take this course if you want to expand your photography skills beyond selfies! :)