Apex Academy Courses

Visual Arts, Grade 12


Visual Arts, Grade 12

This course focuses on enabling students to refine their use of the creative process when creating and presenting two- and three-dimensional art works using a variety of traditional and emerging media and technologies. Students will use the critical analysis process to deconstruct art works and explore connections between art and society. The course program enables students to explore a range of materials, processes, and techniques that can be applied in their own art production. Students will also make connections between various works of art in personal, contemporary, historical, and cultural contexts.

Prerequisite: Grade 11 Visual Arts

Course Outline

Module 1 Overview: The History Of Art - What Does It Teach Us?

Guiding Questions:
What is the creative process and how do you apply the elements and principles of design in your own artwork?

In this module, you will study art history in order to gain an understanding of its historical significance and its relationship to our present. Art history provides a means by which we can understand our human past. You will examine the historical timeline and the art movements that emerged due to the social, economical and political climate of specific time periods. You will learn to look at artworks, not just as objects, but as a way of understanding the world, and the societies in which they were created. You will research artists and their works, forming connections between art and history. You will discuss how women are represented in art both past and present and explore how they have addressed inequality and oppression through their work.

Module 2 Overview: Interpretation Of Art

Guiding Question:
Who decides, what makes art, art?

In this module, you will analyze the question what is art? You will discuss the philosophies of art, looking at recontextualization and conceptual art as examples of controversial works which encourage us think about art subjectively. You will learn to use critical analysis to critique artworks and create a piece of artwork using juxta positional elements to highlight a chosen theme.

Module 3 Overview: Art Concepts And New Technologies

Guiding Question:
How is technology impacting artwork and creativity?  

In this module, you will analyze the advancement in technology and software development and how artists are using it. You will also analyze how contemporary artists have used technology to produce their work. You will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of AI software and experiment creating artwork of your own using several digital platforms.

Module 4 Overview: Art & Adversity

Guiding Question:
Can Art Change The World?

In this module, you will study four artists who have overcome adversity and produced artworks that reflect their personal journey. You will discuss the methods used to convey their history, cultural background, injustices and own beliefs, and how they are seen as advocates for social change. 

Module 5 Overview: Anatomy The Human Form And Concept Art

Guiding Question:
Why is the study of the human form important in visual art? 

In this module, you will study the human form in order to develop your fundamental drawing skills. You will complete several drawing activities to develop your understanding of anatomy and practice your observational skills. You will look at the insect world and practice drawing different forms, structures, and textures. You will create a piece of conceptual art, focusing on human/insect hybrids, using the creative process and the elements and principles of design to produce competent drawings in a fictional setting. 

Module 6 Overview: Presenting Your Work

Guiding Question:
What makes a good art portfolio?

In this module, you will develop your art portfolio, identifying areas of strengths and weaknesses. You will create a digital portfolio of your own work along with a statement of intent. You will comprise a body of work inspired by a chosen theme and arrange them for display in your first art exhibition.  

Assessment Breakdown

Course Work, Assignments, and Proctored Tests: 70%
Culminating Independent Study Project: 20%
Final Exam: 10%