This course enables students to further develop their knowledge and skills in visual arts. Students will use the creative process to explore a wide range of themes through studio work that may include drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking, as well as the creation of collage, multimedia works, and works using emerging technologies. Students will use the critical analysis process when evaluating their own work and the work of others. The course may be delivered as a comprehensive program or through a program focused on a particular art form (e.g., photography, video, computer graphics, information design).


This course focuses on studio activities in one or more of the visual arts, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, collage, and/or multimedia art. Students will use the creative process to create art works that reflect a wide range of subjects and will evaluate works using the critical analysis process. Students will also explore works of art within a personal, contemporary, historical, and cultural context.







how to get by with Ms. Mezei


Wednesday, September 3rd

- Learning the language of art: What are the elements and principles of design?


- start the creative process with brainstorming sketches for each element, then use these sketches to demonstrate understanding of each principle by creating mini compositions out of your element name drawings examples:   Line    Colour  Space  Shape  Value   Texture & Form

Mini compositions considering the Principles of Design examples:

  Repetition     Unity    Balance        Variety    Contrast    Emphasis       Balance

due date: Tuesday, September 9th 


Thursday, Sept 4th

- take a look at mini compositions Ms. Mezei did posted above.

- consider taking one of your element designs and trying to combine it with a principle (try to do this with at least 2 different principles per element drawing you came up with)

- once you have produced 14 mini compositions ( 7 elements x 2 principles each you can pick your favourite design) * at this point you may add another element as well to your design -----> Can we say COLOUR!

- when adding colour to for example your line design consider the principles, eg. if i want to emphasize one are of my composition, how can I do that using colour?

- if I want to create unity in my design, how can I do that using colour?

- if I am going for variety, how can colour help me achieve this?


Friday, Sept 5th

- work on finishing up your mini composition drawings, take a look at all of them, discuss with your table mates which ones are the best of all your designs

- choose one design to enlarge and draw out onto paper provided

- use pencil crayons and marker (mainly for lines) to add the element of colour where it is needed (considering principles of design)

Monday, Sept 8th

 - work period Name design * draw your final chosen design onto a larger sheet of cartridge paper 

(this will go on the front of your art portfolio for the year)


Tuesday, Sept 9th

Part 1: 5 elements of Shading - read through - then watch this video and try 2-3 of the various shading techniques to create a couple spheres in your sketchbooks


Part 2: Other types of shading  - see some other ways you can also shade objects

Watch video that demonstrates sketching a still life with a couple of objects 

- keep your sketches loose and quick, move from object to object, start with sighting technique at the beginning (use your pencil to measure height and width of composition) continue to think about the space between objects and the negative spaces that exists there.

- now in your sketchbook attempt to draw first one object with shading (the type is up to you eg. smooth, hatching, cross hatching, scumbling (like scribbles), or stippling)

-if you finish this try to draw more than one of the objects that have been laid out for you to sketch and add some shading to this sketch.


Wednesday, Sept 10th

*finish your Name Portfolio Project - Reflection - which elements and principles were your focus?

IndividualEYEzation  Try to break old seeing habits by assuming nothing about your subject. Eyelashes are not actually attached to the eyeballs. There is a very important eye lid crease which allows us to see that your eye lid is resting on the form (sphere) of your eyeball. The waterline is another critical feature when drawing eyes because it is the ridge under your eye that is the colour of your skin and has small eyelashes growing out of the edge of it.  Another key feature is the light mark or glistening spot on your eye that looks like a sparkle (organic shape) and is never perfectly square (like you might see in cartoons).

How to draw the human eye   video 1          video 2  (first 3 mins) 

How to draw the human nose    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KmFaV_Y6Go

 art by Silly Teapot

art by Silly Teapot

Thursday, September 11

How to draw the human mouth - key points; begin with a light sketch of the outline of the general shape

- notice there are no dark outlines around the outer shape of the mouth

- the darkest values are where the 2 lips meet and at the edges of the mouth

- the top lip tends to be slightly darker values than the bottom lip which sometimes has some highlights


How to draw ears - no solid lines, sketch out the general shapes

- oval shaped on top connected to a circular shape but then use some angled lines to construct the ear based on the shape you see

- inside are irregular areas that make up the interior shapes and ridges

- notice the highlights on the ridges inside the ear


***homework - bring in an image of a face you would like to draw (if you forget I will have some faces to choose from) they will be photocopies (so in black and white making it easier for you to see how and where to shade)

Friday, Sept 12


 - the average head is shaped like an upside down egg , divide down centre lengthwise and horizontally

  • lengthwise line approximate middle of face and therefore nose
  • horizontal line in middle is approximate eye level
  • base of the nose width is often close to the same size as the width of the eye
  • corners of the mouth line up closely with the centre of the pupils
  • average ear length is close to the same as the nose length
  • ears height from just above eye level to just below or at bottom of the nose
  • (5 across) approx

SIGHTING TECHNIQUE: use your pencil to measure facial relationships to lay down some guidelines to start

video for sighting technique          video with basic face guidelines

Monday, Sept 15

Contour & Gesture Drawing

What is contour Drawing? - prezi

-try a blind contour of your hand, then try a semi-blind contour of your face or a partners *our goal is to train our eyes to draw what we see and not what we think is there. Look at your subject more than you are looking down at the page... that is the whole point!

What is Gesture Drawing? - prezi

- try a gesture drawing of your shoe


Tuesday, Sept 16

video on gesture drawing of a human  (start at 2:54)

- try a few 30sec-1 min poses of human gesture drawings

Figure Drawing - what is it? - prezi & handout

- warm up with some gesture drawings and mass shading drawings..... and then try some sustained contour drawings of the figure

Wed, Sept 17

- Figure drawing - proportions - sketch a proportion correct man or woman in your SB

- Egon Shiele's figure drawing method - sketch one of his figures

- Continuous contour portrait (working on hand eye coordination) - self or partner

- sketchbook time! start working on one of the SB assignments

amazing portrait drawing

Thurs, 18th-  Fri, SEpt 19th

- find image of a portrait or human figure in an action pose that you will translate into a proportionate drawing based on the past week's lessons and exercises in seeing


Monday, Sept 22- 25th

Work periods for  Figure/ Portrait assignment 

Monday, Sept. 29

Students will work on their charcoal/ conte,  figure/ portrait drawing assignments. Once finished drawing there are a couple reflection questions on the back of the assignment handout for them to answer. This assignment is due Wed, Oct 1st.

Tuesday, Sept 30

- Art Criticism - Describe, Analyze, Interpret & Judge 

prezi: http://prezi.com/wbriyzylzwvp/art-criticism/    - looking at an example Theodore Gerricault's "Raft of the Medusa"

- In partners choose a work of art to do an informal critique on

WEd, Oct 1

- frame your finished drawings - do the reflection part of the assignment, hand in with rubric

- intro new 3D Type Design Project - Materials Exploration - look at examples

- begin brainstorming, by end of tomorrows class I need to know what materials you will need to build your type sculpture ( the 3 O's need 2-3 good sketches/ ideas for what you might sculpt - 3U's require 4-5 different possible directions you could in/ sketches)

Mon, Oct 6-10

- 3D Type Design project work periods

Tues, Oct 14

-work period- 3D Type project 

Wed, Oct 15-17

- Finish up 3D Type Design project: reflection and peer critique

 and working in Sketchbook to finish assignments DUE: Friday, Oct. 17th

Mon, Oct 20th -25

- Begin Remembrance Day Photomontage assignment - in computer lab

First check out some examples: example 1 example 2 example 3 example 4 example 5 example 6

Lesson - how to use the selection tool and colour replace in photoshop

- looking up and saving images on Flickr - Creative Commons License images

-  based on your topic/theme find 15-20 images and save high quality JPEGS to a folder called "remembrance art" in your personal drive space.

Mon, Oct 27

- finishing Remembrance Day posters in computer lab

- intro Dictionary page progress sketchbook assignment

Tues, Oct 28 - 31st

INTRO PRINTMAKING UNIT - Intaglio relief - Art with a Message  AVI3O   AVI3M

Lesson - possible messages to explore - PREZI

Mon, Nov 3rd

- Sketchbook assignment work period 

- Finalize Drawing for the "Art with a Message" etching/ Intaglio print

Nov 4-6

- working on dry point plexiglass prints

Nov 10 & 11

- printing our "art with a message" prints   the process 1    process2

-critique artist Francisco Goya's "The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters"

Wed, Nov 12- 14th

- Begin Juxtaportrait Sculpture - AVI3O    AVI3M

Mon, Nov 17th - Nov 21st

- Finish up your "art with a Message" project by doing the critique on the Francisco Goya art work included in your project package.  

- Continue work on your Juxtaportrait - consider your personality traits highlight 2 which you have that are opposing eg. you might be very OPTIMISTIC about some things, and PESSIMISTIC about others

What does optimism look like? pessimism? - colours/ visuals that come to mind?

 *start to think about how you can visually represent the characteristics you are saying you possess.

also brainstorm about how you will divide your 4 quadrants - which ones will be in the style of Naum Gabo? which in the style of Robert Rauschenberg?

Mon, Nov 24th

- continue working on Juxtaportraits - how can you design your quadrants considering space in an interesting and dynamic way that says something about your personality?

Dec - ACRYLIC PAINTING UNIT- look at various painting techniques and apply to a painting showing a range of values to create form

January 5th - return to school and begin Culminating Tasks

HOMAGE to an artist 2D or 3D options, Critique and Reflection

AVI3M  culminating assignment       AVI3O culminating assignment