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Assessment for Learning
Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions


Visual Arts, Grade 9, Open
AVI1O

Analysis:
Overall Expectations
By the end of this course, students will:
•       apply a framework of critical analysis to their own and acknowledged artworks through participation in a variety of art-viewing strategies;
•       explain, through critical analysis, the function (e.g., political, religious, social) of their own artworks and those of other cultures;
•       demonstrate an understanding of connections between art and cultural identity or context.

Enduring Understanding:
Being able to identify the elements and principles of design in any given piece of art.

Essential Questions:

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Do you like the work of art?  Why or why not?  Does it have artistic merit?
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Can I appreciate the design elements of a variety of works of art even if I don’ like them?
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How do the elements and principles help create a meaningful piece of art?
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What cultural influences have affected the artist or art work?

Creation:
Overall Expectations
By the end of this course, students will:
•       use materials and processes to create art objects that express their intent;
•       apply the elements and principles of design;
•       produce two- and three-dimensional artworks, using a variety of materials, tools, processes, and technologies;
•       apply the creative process (i.e., perception, exploration, experimentation, production, and evaluation) in their work;
•       explain the function of research and technology in visual arts.

Enduring Understanding:
Through visual creation I can express myself.

Essential Questions:

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How do I use the elements and principles of design to create effective art works?
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How can I effectively communicate my ideas to others?
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How can I apply the creative process beyond this subject area? (other subjects, real world)
hTheory:
Overall Expectations
By the end of this course, students will:
•       apply an understanding of the elements and principles of design to personal, historical, and contemporary artworks;
•       differentiate artworks by period, style, method, and materials;
•       demonstrate knowledge of a segment of early Western art history, Canadian art, and examples of the art of other cultures, nations, and groups;
•       demonstrate an understanding of career options in the visual arts.

Enduring Understanding:
Understanding the elements and principles of design provide the tools for visual expression.  Art provides a framework for viewing my world.

Essential Questions:

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What makes a piece of visual art compelling?
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What makes me respond to art work?
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When I look at all forms of visual art can I see how the elements and principles have been applied?
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What makes art enduring?
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How is it a reflection of its time?
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How is art relevant in my life?





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