The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 9 & 10, Arts, 2010 Ministry of Education of Ontario
This course enables students to develop their skills in producing and presenting art by introducing them to new ideas, materials, and processes for artistic exploration and experimentation. Students will apply the elements and principles of design when exploring the creative process. Students will use the critical analysis process to reflect on and interpret art within a personal, contemporary, and historical context.
Prerequisite : None
Summary of Units and Timelines
Below is the suggested sequence of course unit delivery as well as the recommended number of hours to complete the respective unit. For complete details of targeted expectations within each unit and activity, please see each Unit Overview found in the course profile.
Unit 1 DRAWING 25 hours
Unit 2 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY + MIX MEDIA 25 hours
Unit 3 PAINTING 25 hours
Unit 4 SCULPTURE 25 hours
Unit 5 CULMINATING PROJECT 20 hours
Total: 120 Hours
Fundamental Concepts Covered in This Course
The Grade 10 Visual Arts Program provides an excellent introduction for success in arts-related classes for grades 11 & 12. It introduces visual concepts by examining, interpreting, evaluating, and reflecting on various art works. Students of Visual Arts will develop and demonstrate and understanding of how art works reflect the society in which they were created, and how they can affect personal values. This course helps to refine students’ abilities to use multiple mediums to express ideas, change meaning through context, and further their understanding of visual culture.
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Teachers will bring enthusiasm and varied teaching and assessment approaches to the classroom, addressing individual students’ needs and ensuring sound learning opportunities for every student. The activities offered should enable students to relate and apply these concepts to the social, environmental, and economic conditions and concerns of the world in which they live. Opportunities to relate knowledge and skills to these wider contexts will motivate students to learn in a meaningful way and to become life-long learners. To make new learning more accessible to students, teachers build new learning upon the knowledge and skills students have acquired in previous years – in other words, they help activate prior knowledge. It is important to assess where students are in their artistic growth and to bring them forward in their learning. Successful classroom practices engage students in activities that require higher-order thinking, with an emphasis on creative problem-solving. The visual arts course will have opportunities to learn in a variety of ways – individually, independently, with teacher direction, through investigation involving hands-on experience, and through examples followed by practice. In this course, students are required to learn concepts, acquire procedures and skills, and apply processes with the aid of the instructional and learning strategies best suited to the particular type of learning.
The approaches and strategies used in the online classroom to help students meet the expectations of this curriculum will vary according to the object of the learning and the needs of the students. All learning, especially new learning, will be embedded in well-chosen contexts for learning – that is, contexts that are broad enough to allow students to investigate initial understandings, identify and develop relevant supporting skills, and gain experience with varied and interesting applications of the new knowledge.
Such rich contexts for learning open the door for students to see the “big ideas” of visual cultures – that is, the major underlying principles or relationships that will enable and encourage students to effectively capture and visually represent stories for visual audiences throughout their life.
Online & Offline Components
The design of this course is intended to offer a rich balance between online and offline elements. The following is a summary of the course components and their delivery format. Please refer to the individual unit outlines for specific details.
Course content & instruction: online
Communication between teacher and students: online & offline
Collaboration between students: online
Assessment & evaluation: online & offline
Practice exercises, readings etc: offline
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