Visual Arts 10S

Vincent Massey High School

 Mrs. Reid ∞ Room 4


Description of Course

This course is exploratory in nature, offering 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 by using a range of media, processes, techniques, and styles. Students will use the creative and critical analysis processes and will interpret art within a personal, contemporary, and historical context.


Essential Learning Areas

·         Making – The learner develops language and practices for making visual art

·         Creating – The learner generates, develops, and communicates ideas for creating art

·         Connecting – The learner develops understandings about the significance of the visual arts by making connections to various times, places, social groups, and cultures

·         Responding – The learner uses critical reflection to inform visual arts learning and to develop agency and identity

Class Expectations

·         Treat everyone with respect.

·         All projects must be created in class on a daily basis. Your creation process must be demonstrated daily

·         Be prepared with sketchbook & art supplies everyday

·         Arrive to class on time.

·         Be responsible for cleaning up your area

·         No food or drinks should be consumed in the classroom.


·         85% - Course Work

·         15% - Final Assessment

Course Evaluation Structure

·         50% - Projects

·         35% - Mini Lessons and Sketchbook – Created throughout the semester

·         15% - Final Project




Grade 9 Visual Arts - Units of Study


·         Introduction to the Elements of Art – magazine assignment, sketchbook work

·         Line – Mandalas, Mona Lisa Re-Contextualization

·         Texture – sketchbook and texture hand

·         Value – value shading assignment, grid drawing template, grid drawing project

·         Color – color wheel design project, pastel techniques, bugs and butterflies close up project, Northwest first nations art with color schemes

·         Space – one point perspective, exquisite corpse

·         Art history – Abstract art, surrealism, Study of an Artist final project

·         **Sketchbook Challenges each week


Materials & Fees

  • Students will be provided with a variety of materials, many non-reusable, over the course of the semester.  For this reason, there is a non-refundable art fee of $20 that must be paid by the end of the first month of class.  This fee can be paid online or paid directly to Mrs. Reid.

  • Each student is responsible for bringing a sketchbook to class. 





Student Responsibility Guidelines for Assessment and Evaluation

Student Responsibility Guidelines for Assessment and Evaluation

 Students actively engaged in their learning are the essence of the Brandon School Division’s mission of educating the whole child.

The assessment, evaluation and reporting of student learning and achievement involves students, teachers, principals, parents, superintendents and the Board of Trustees.  It is the responsibility of professional educators to assess, evaluate, and report on each student’s degree of engagement and resulting learning outcomes.  Such assessment, evaluation and reporting is a continuous and fundamental part of the student’s learning process.  Students are responsible for:

·         their own learning with the expertise, assistance and motivation of their teachers;

·         engaging individually and collectively in school/community learning opportunities;

·         improving their learning involvement

·         playing an active role in assessing their own learning

·         providing evidence of their learning within established timelines


The purpose of this document is to identify student responsibilities in assessment and evaluation practices, provide clear guidelines and consequences so students can make informed decisions, and to provide structures that improve the relationship between student learning and assessment. 


All assessments and/or evaluations will be assigned a reasonable completion date by the classroom teacher. 

When a student demonstrates negligence and/or disregard towards the assessment and/or evaluation due date, the teacher can assign a “0” grade for the incomplete assessment and/or evaluation.

 For a “0” grade to remain permanent on the student’s record for that unit of study, a teacher’s records will demonstrate that he/she had advised the student and the parent/guardian that there was an opportunity to complete the original assessment or an alternate assessment, but that it would have been penalized in accordance to divisional guidelines.

Penalization for late assessments is as follows:

  • Grade 9 – 10%

  • Grade 10 – 15%

  • Grade 11 – 20%

  • Grade 12 – 25%


Example:  Grade 10 student receives 80% for a late assessment.  The penalty for the late assessment would be (80) (0.15)=12 .  The adjusted mark would be 80-12=68%.

Once the late assessment is marked, the penalized assessment mark will replace the “0” grade that was originally assigned to the student by the teacher.

If the original or alternate assessment is not submitted by the new completion date or if the student refuses to submit a required assessment, the “0” grade assigned to it will remain on the student’s evaluation records.  The “0” grade(s) will be calculated into the student’s final mark for the unit of study and will be used in the calculation of the final grade of the course.