The visual arts include the traditional fine arts of drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking, architecture and photography, as well as crafts, industrial design, commercial art, performance art, and electronic arts. The visual arts curriculum is intended to help students develop their creativity, as well as the ability to communicate with other people through visual images. In learning to express themselves in visual ways, students will sharpen their powers of observation. In developing the ability to analyse and describe works of art from various historical periods and in different styles, they will also learn to understand and appreciate a wide variety of art works.
In order to make visual art works, students need to acquire a range of skills and some specific knowledge. The expectations identified for each grade describe the specific knowledge and skills that students are expected to develop and demonstrate in their work. These skills are sequential and cumulative.