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General Amherst High School
Visual Arts


This course offers an overview of visual arts as a foundation for further study. Students will become familiar with the elements and principles of design and the expressive qualities of various materials through working with a range of materials, processes, techniques, and styles. They will learn and use methods of analysis and criticism and will study the characteristics of particular historical art periods and a selection of Canadian art and the art of other cultures.

VISUAL ARTS - Open Recommended

Prerequisite: AVI1O
This course emphasizes learning through practice, building on what students know and introducing them to new ideas, materials, and processes for artistic thinking and experimentation. Student learning will include the refined application of the elements and principles of design, incorporating the creative and design processes, and the relationship between form and content; the connection between works of art and their historical contexts. Course objectives may be achieved either through a comprehensive program or a program focused on a particular art form.

VISUAL ARTS - University/College

Prep Prerequisite: AVI1O or AVI2O, 2O preferred.
This course provides students with the opportunity to further develop their skills and knowledge in visual arts; explore a range of subject matter through studio activities, and will consolidate their practical skills; analyse art works and study aspects of Western art history, including Canada.

AVI4M VISUAL ARTS - Univ./College Prep.
Prerequisite: AVI3M
This course focuses on the refinement of students' skills and knowledge. Students will analyse art forms; use theories of art in analysing and producing art; and increase their understanding of stylistic changes in Western art, Canadian (including Native Canadian) art, and art forms from various parts of the world. Students will produce a body of work demonstrating a personal approach.