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In those instances where schools in Newfoundland and Labrador are either unable to offer fine arts programming or are unable to accommodate local student’s schedules for fine arts programming, CDLI’s Fine Arts Department offers the province’s students an opportunity to explore their own creativity and aesthetic appreciation through a variety of online visual art courses and online music performance and appreciation courses.

There are no academic or grade level prerequisites for any of these two-credit fine arts courses. Ability and/or previous experience are also not necessary requirements. Instead, a curiosity or personal desire to explore either or both of these subject areas and a real willingness to carry out the associated course work to the best of one’s ability are the only requirements. (All necessary instruments, tools, media and software will be supplied by CDLI and/or the school.)

CDLI’s Fine Arts offers the following eLearning courses

  • Art Technologies 1201
  • Art and Design 3200

Art Technologies 1201

Art Technologies 1201 is an introductory level art course which gives students a broad overview of art, art making, and the tools of the 'trade', while keeping in mind how all of these are affected by human perception.

"Talent" is not a prerequisite, though students can expect to complete approximately forty assignments which reinforce and explore concepts being covered. "Interest" and "willingness to do their best" are the necessities for this course!

Prerequisites

None

Overview of Class Delivery Structure

Course participants will explore what goes into the processes of creating art and how technology (from the beginning of human existence to the present) influences artists, craftspeople and designers. It is a course aim that students will better understand the importance and implications of images and image-making in society. It is also expected that students will become more fluent in creating and using visual images. Readings, assignments and quizzes will be provided.

Materials and Resources

  • Schools/students are responsible for a minimal list of materials; pencils, coloured pencils, a fine tipped black marker, eraser and paper or sketchbook. Students will also be expected to complete a mural for their school; acrylic paints and a few art brushes will be necessary. Please contact the teachers if you have any concerns or need assistance in acquiring materials.

Evaluation

This course (as offered online through CDLI) involves five units of work:

  • Unit 1: Perception, The Eye and Technology (6 lessons)
  • Unit 2: Perception, Art and Technology (4 lessons)
  • Unit 3: Elements of Design (12 lessons)
  • Unit 4: Principles of Design (3 lessons)
  • Unit 5: Perception, Culture and Technology (6 lessons)

Units 1 – 5 contain “lesson assignments” for each lesson (with the exception of lesson 2.3 which has no required assignment).

All lesson assignments in the course (Lesson Assignments) have a combined grade weighting of 70% towards the final course grade.

In addition to the regular lesson assignments, there will be a number of “in-class” assignments (usually 4). In-class Assignments have a combined grade weighting of 5% towards the final course grade.

All students are required to produce a portfolio of “independent drawings” (10, in media/style/content of their preference, to be completed over the duration of the course and submitted for grading in the final week of regular classes). The Independent Drawings have a grade weighting of 15% towards the final course grade.

A June Quiz (one hour in duration) will be given during one of the last regularly scheduled class periods in the year (before school final exams begin) covering the major points in the course lessons. This quiz has a grade weighting of 10% towards the final course grade.

* Assignments and portfolios will have due-dates for work to be completed but work will be accepted for grading and re-grading

Required

Not required for Post -Secondary

Art and Design 3200

Art and Design 3200 is a two-credit art course for high school students who may or may not have any previous exposure to art or art instruction; an interest in art would be an asset.

This online art course involves exploration of ideas and experimenting with various art materials (including new technologies) in three concentrated units of work (drawing, photography and graphic design). Like all explorations, it's not expected that everyone has to make exactly the same discoveries.

Prerequisites

None

Overview of Class Delivery Structure

This is a "studio course". Each individual student's particular interests in subject matter and style will help to direct the focus of the artistic experimentation and creation. Suggestions/directions for explorations will be offered, advice will be available and necessary basic information will be provided.

As a "studio course", this is to be very much an individualized experience. Students will be directly involved with their own work plan; "what you want to do" AND "how you want to do it". This course is intended to provide experiences and opportunities to help students develop artistically in ways which are meaningful to them personally.

Materials and Resources

  • Various art materials are provided (though basic materials such as pencils, paper, colored pencils and erasers are expected to be available through schools). Having access to your own camera or one from your school) would be an asset.

Evaluation

This course (as offered online through CDLI) involves three units of work:

  • Unit 1: Drawing
  • Unit 2: Photography (digital)
  • Unit 3: Graphic arts/design

Units 1 and 2 contain 12 lessons each (sequentially ordered) but only involving 11 “lesson assignments” (with increasing levels of proficiency, technique and/or work required, thus necessitating varying grade weightings for those assignments). Unit 3 contains 12 lessons but no “lesson assignments”.

Lesson Assignments A
In units 1 and 2, assignments 1 – 4 are grouped under the category “Lesson Assignments A” and have a combined grade weighting of 15% towards the final course grade.

Lesson Assignments B
In unit 1, assignments 5 – 8 are grouped under the category “Lesson Assignments B”. In unit 2, assignments 5 – 9 come under the same category. The assignments in this category (“Lesson Assignments B”) have a combined grade weighting of 20% towards the final course grade.

Lesson Assignments C
In unit 1, assignments 9, 10 and 12 are grouped under the category “Lesson Assignments C”. In unit 2, assignments 10 and 12 and the “Photo Editing” assignment come under the same category. The assignments in this category (“Lesson Assignments C”) have a combined grade weighting of 25% towards the final course grade.

Unit Projects
In units 1 and 2 there are individualized major assignments (one per unit) to be completed over the duration of each units in addition to the regular lesson assignments. These assignments are categorized as “Unit Projects” and have a combined grade weighting of 40% towards the final course grade.

Note: The work in Unit 3 is such that it progresses through a lengthy process over the duration of the unit lessons. As such, students do NOT work through ‘lesson assignments’; rather, they undertake one individualized major assignment which builds over the course of the time allocated to that unit through a sequence, resulting in one piece of work requiring a much longer period of time and involved skill sets for completion. It is weighted among the “Unit Projects” (figuring into the 40% towards the final course grade).

*There are NO test/quizzes/exams in this course. Assignments and projects will have due-dates for work to be completed but work will be accepted for grading and re-grading

Required

Not required for Post -Secondary