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AWQ4M Visual Arts: Photography – Grade 12 (University/College)

  • Grade 12

PREREQUISITE: Visual Arts: Photography, Grade 11, University/College Preparation

GRADE: 12 (University/College)

AVAILABILITY: Full-time – All Campuses, Private – All campuses, Blyth Academy Online


Course Overview

AWQ4M online focuses on enabling students to refine their use of the creative process when creating and presenting two- and three-dimensional artworks using a variety of traditional and emerging media and technologies. Students will use the critical analysis process to deconstruct artworks and explore connections between art and society. The studio 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. AWQ4M online will focus on photography.

Camera Basics

Essential Question: What camera basics can you demonstrate when creating a well exposed, focused image with just the right depth of field?

In this unit, students learn how to expose an image three different ways by altering the ISO, Shutter Speed or the Aperture of my camera. Students will learn how to create a shallow or extended depth of field (DOF) and how to capture motion.

Rights and Masters

Essential Question: How do Masters achieve their style? How important is it to take the socially acceptable image of injustice?

In this unit, students will learn about the legal elements of taking a photograph and will study three Masters of photography and write a visual essay about these Master photographers and their identifiable style.

Skills & Composition

Essential Question: How can you combine exposure and composition elements to create photographic art?

In this unit, students will be introduced to composition guidelines and camera techniques to achieve an artful representation of their photography. Students will engage in snapping images for specific purposes, learning camera techniques that will increase their awareness of shooting in shutter, aperture or manual priority. Students will be introduced to techniques like zoom blur and panning that use camera and lens movement along with camera settings adjustments that permit students to adjust for a specific purpose. Students will learn to convert colour images to B/W images, stitch images together, and blend several images together in post-production software. Students will learn compositional strategies to frame their subject and how to capture their subject and its shadow.

Art Criticism

Essential Question: How do I demonstrate an understanding of the critical analysis process by examining, interpreting, evaluating, and reflecting on various art works?

In this unit, students will learn how to write a criticism of an image they consider to be a work of art.

Creative Photography

Essential Question: What is involved in creating style in photography?

In this unit, students will learn to blend compositional guidelines and will explore genre (Landscape, Macro, Abstract, Architecture, Nature, etc.), Sense of Place, Painting with Light, and direct a Fashion Shoot. Students will also learn about David Hockney and create a sample of media art using photographs shot as the medium.

Technical Requirements: Our teacher strongly advises that students use a digital SLR camera. If that is not possible, students are permitted to use the camera on their phone.

Please consult our Frequently Asked Questions Page or the Exam section within your course for more details on final exams and the exam fee. More information can also be found in our Student Handbook.

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