Welcome to Visual Arts

Value and proportion in G7.

Value and proportion in G7.

Grade 7 started their new unit by looking at a collage portrait of Steve Jobs by artist Jason Mecier. They noticed that the entire artwork was made using circuit boards and other computer parts, and discussed how our choice of materials can help to communicate an idea...

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Art: plant prints

Art: plant prints

We are studying plants and their growth cycle. In art class we made prints called crayon rubbings. The students learned about texture and practiced their fine motor skills.

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Art: intro to printing

Art: intro to printing

Grade 5 students took their first steps into print making. They designed simple images and transferred them to a foam plate. The students then experimented with paint to learn how to make clean printed images.

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Art: color math

Art: color math

The art students learned about primary and secondary colours by doing art math. For example red + yellow = orange. Each student explored color combing and were able to create their own color knowledge.

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Team-teaching in the arts!

Team-teaching in the arts!

Grade 10 students are beginning their ePortfolios, in which the IB provides teachers with unit plans and the students upload their completed unit work for external assessment. Since music and visual art are both MYP Arts classes, they both receive the same unit plan...

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Art: Found Objects

Art: Found Objects

The grade 5 students were challenged to create a piece of art that interacted with an object from their house. This was a great activity to help students expand their creative thinking and problem solving skills. Here are some examples from our lesson.

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Portraits are nearly done!

Portraits are nearly done!

Grade 10 students are nearing the end of a very in-depth exploration of portraiture and human facial proportions. Everyone is hard at work on their compositions, using the materials and expressive elements of their choice. It is rewarding to see 12 different students...

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Dance: How’s the weather

We are learning about the weather in class. So we decided that we would all paint our favourite kind of weather. As you can tell by the video, lots of students had their minds on snow. But we also had a bit of rain, a tornado, and a storm on mars! To add to our...

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Secondary Art Updates.

Secondary Art Updates.

A strong visual art program exposes students to a variety of media. 3D art teaches an entirely new set of skills and can be especially rewarding for hands-on, spatial, or kinesthetic learners. For schools lucky enough to offer a clay program, ceramics can improve fine...

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Exploring Wolf Kahn’s use of color.

Exploring Wolf Kahn’s use of color.

Grade 7 has recently begun looking at the works of German-American artist Wolf Kahn. He was known for his use of vibrant, expressive colors and for his love of landscapes, particularly of trees. Complementary colors are across from one another on the color wheel, and...

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Creating galaxies

Creating galaxies

As the students continue to explore Force and natural laws in their unit of inquiry we began to construct paintings of galaxies. Our hope is to pair these with our dances for an integrated art and movement video.

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Art: playing with symmetry

Art: playing with symmetry

The grade 3 students explored the concept of symmetry while playing with paint. Giving students time to play with an artistic medium helps them create a knowledge bank of techniques that work for them. As the students explored with paint they became aware of brush...

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Developing ideas and skills in DP 1.

Developing ideas and skills in DP 1.

Lizzy has recently completed her first two prints, which were made in homage to two existing works by Käthe Kollwitz and Edward Hopper. After reflecting on this process, she is taking her ideas a bit further and making a third piece that will be more uniquely hers....

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Visual communication in G8.

Visual communication in G8.

As this short week comes to a close, G8 students have just completed a unit on Surrealism and look forward to seeing their finished artworks on display soon in LC2. These works were created in a variety of media and highlight using creative thinking strategies to come...

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The artist’s room.

The artist’s room.

Grade 7 has just finished their first unit of study, which began at home and has transitioned back to on-campus learning for some. Everyone has used linear perspective to make a drawing or painting of their own room, with colors and personal objects that communicate...

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G9 starting a new unit!

G9 starting a new unit!

The return to on-campus learning coincided with the start of a new unit! Students in Grade 9 have brought or found interesting objects and are drawing them from observation in their new sketchbooks. What will this new unit be about? What kinds of learning will take...

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Expressive portraits in G10.

Expressive portraits in G10.

The major task for this unit is to create an expressive portrait or self-portrait, using any materials that students have at home. What makes a portrait expressive? It might be the use of color, the lighting and shadow, the figure’s pose or facial expressions, or even...

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Art: 3D shapes

Art: 3D shapes

We continue to explore how to give drawings the illusion of being 3D. The students applied their knowledge of value, light, and shading to make these amazing drawings. Have a look at some excellent examples of 3D art.

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Art: creating landscapes

Art: creating landscapes

Grade 4 students have been exploring how lines can create art. A great example of their application of line is the amazing landscapes that they designed. Take a virtual walk through our art gallery.

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Art: creating Masks

Art: creating Masks

The grade 3 students had a great idea. They wanted to turn their class mascots into Masks. Together we drew our masks and measured distance for our eyes. Students then created their own unique interpretations.

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