The Visual Arts and Media program focuses on the development of student skills through exciting projects in a wide range of media. Students begin with traditional drawing techniques which informs the art making process for the rest of their high school careers! The program is enhanced by workshops with professional artists, art-focused field trips as well as our semi-annual trip to New York. These programs are further supported through the Arts and Culture High Skills Major Program where students are offered experience through specialized co-op programs, additional certification and employment opportunities. Senior students leave with a professional portfolio demonstrating a broad range of skills with underlying knowledge of current artistic practices. Education in both Visual Art and Media prepares students with essential skills for the competitive workforce. Building skills such as hand eye coordination, problem solving, creativity and work ethic.
Exhibitions and Events
Woodstock Art Gallery, Portfolio Day- High skills Major Arts and Culture Students
OCAD University tour/International Arts Fair, Metro Convention Center – High Skills Major.
First Aid and CPR Training/Certification – in school- Specialist High Skills Major.
Woodstock Art Gallery- Printmaking part two with Ron Milton
Guest speaker-Richard Comely, Illustrator for the Captain Canuck comic book character.
Portfolio class- grad show.
Arts fest- Installation art show
Pittock Conservation En-Plien air Painting workshop with Miss. Johnston
Animation, Pottery, Theatrical Mask making, sound and lighting, Illustration, Encaustic Painting, Photography, Installation Art, Large Scale Printmaking, Collaborative Community Projects, Mural, Collage and watercolor are just some of the workshops presented specifically for SHSM participants.
The Visual Arts and Media at St. Mary’s
focus students on developing their skills through exciting projects in a wide range of media. Students begin with classical drawing techniques that form a basis for the development of work based on their own passions. The program is enhanced by workshops with professional artists, specialized fieldtrips as well as our semi annual trip to New York. These programs are further supported through the Arts and Culture High Skills Major Program where students are offered experience through specialized co-op programs, additional certifications and employment opportunities. Senior students leave with a professional portfolio demonstrating a broad range of skills with an underlying knowledge of current artistic practices.
Exhibitions and Events
Pinery Provincial Park September 24
Students will have the opportunity to paint “en Plein air” in one southwestern Ontario’s most beautiful parks. Explorations in pen and ink studies and watercolour in this natural setting, allow students to truly experience the Canadian landscape through the artistic gaze.
Spencer Lodge: September 29
During this one day experience, participants will be spend the day outside developing skills on high and low ropes and in group situations. Certifications in collaboration, leadership and communication will be achieved.
The Toronto International Art Fair October 26 (8 am – 5 pm)
This annual exhibition of more that 80 different galleries, has become a staple in the St. Mary’s Visual Arts Curriculum for senior Arts students. Often this trip is coupled with a stop at Ontario College of Art and Design University or Ryerson University so that students can explore programs and tour the campus.
For more information about this exhibition go to www.arttoronto.ca
Art Gallery of Ontario November 19 (8 am. – 5 pm)
This fall the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will host a major exhibition celebrating the experimental and contemplative works of Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851), a giant of British art. Opening on Oct. 31, 2015, J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Freefeatures more than 50 large-scale paintings and watercolours on loan from Tate Britain and makes the case that the radical works created in the final 15 years of Turner’s career, with their arresting use of light, represent a fulfillment of the artist’s upward trajectory.
Our students will have the opportunity to visit this collection in conjunction with a trip to Ripley’s Aquarium. Here students will photograph and sketch the underwater life. These studies will form the basis for later studio works.
Life Drawing: ongoing
Life drawing continues as part of the Arts and Culture Specialist High Skills Major. Students are able to work with the model at the classroom and/or through the Woodstock Art Gallery. These works will become an essential part of final portfolios for post secondary admissions.
Animation, Pottery, Theatrical Mask Making, Sound and Lighting, Illustration, Encaustic Painting, Photography (large format dark room), Installation Art, Large Scale Printmaking, Collaborative Community Projects, Collage, and watercolour are just some of the workshops presented specifically for the SHSM participants
The Woodstock Community Complex
The Woodstock Child and Youth Services Building
The Solstice Project: Chairs on the Wall
For more information regarding this exhibition go to www.ago.net