Our visual arts curriculum places a strong focus on essential studio skills such as drawing, colour, design, sculpture, photography and digital media. It explores a range of artistic traditions, practices and historical contexts from around the world. Large, well-equipped studios provide an ideal environment for students.
Many of our courses include visits by guest artists and designers, plus trips to galleries and museums. IB art students travel to New York City each year as part of the research process for their own studio projects. Student collaborations with outside art institutions have included a sculpture project with the Royal Ontario Museum’s Institute for Contemporary Culture, and participation in The Big Draw event sponsored by the U.K.’s Campaign for Drawing.
Our visual arts faculty members are dedicated teachers as well as actively engaged artists, curators and designers. They help our student artists prepare for entry into their chosen university programs, which have included all fields of art, design, architecture, and art history. In addition to admission into highly competitive Canadian programs, Old Boys have gone on to attend top art schools such as Cooper Union, Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons, The School of Art Institute of Chicago, and Cornell University’s architecture program.