The Art department at Webber Academy prides itself on making art meaningful, enjoyable and accessible to all students. We provide a unique means of self-expression whilst promoting the confidence and desire in the students to produce work of quality. In order to achieve these objectives an understanding of the formal elements of art and design is essential together with technical competence in a wide range of media. Art is compulsory for all Grade 7 students. For Grade 8 and 9 students, Art is offered as an option. Grade 7 students have Art class two times every six days and Grade 8 and 9 students have Art class three times every six days. Every year, Junior High Art students will participate in one mandatory field trip to a local art gallery. A sketchbook is required.
Art 10 is an introductory foundation course consisting of structured assignments that enable students to develop their creativity and art thinking skills. Augmented work is available for students who desire enrichment and choice in art exploration. The fundamentals of art are revisited and projects are developed from any combination of the three major components of visual learning. An art history research component is required and periodically students participate in critiques.
Art 20 offers more in-depth study of the arts and a continued development of critical thinking ability and technical skills are expected at this level. Greater emphasis is placed on concept and technical development, background research and thorough process in art making; students take more responsibility for the direction of their work. Defining a personal style is encouraged in anticipation of Art 30. Drawing, printmaking, painting, and 3D forms are included. As well, topics such as art criticism, art history and art from various cultures will be included throughout the year.
Art 30 is an extension of the Art 10 and art 20 programs but greater emphasis is placed on student development of independent art skills. A variety of drawing/design media is further explored for the making of art. Compositions in both two and three dimensions require a high level of student commitment and independence. They should reflect a high degree of thinking and finish. Art research, discussions and critiques are integral parts of Art 30. It is beneficial if students are self-motivated and able to creatively solve problems presented, utilizing a variety of media. All art students in Art 10, 20 and 30 participate in one mandatory field trip to a local art gallery.