Course Outline

Course Description - EDUC 4496 - Intermediate Visual Arts Elective

EDUC 4496 is a critical study of the aims, scope and sequence of the Intermediate Division curriculum in Visual Arts. It includes analysis of Ministry guidelines, studio techniques, history, design and practicum.


Learning Expectations

The Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession and the Ethical Standards for the Teaching Profession have been embedded in the learning expectations for the Intermediate Visual Arts elective. This course has the following learning expectations for the candidates:


Instructional Practice

The importance of a Visual Arts education in the growth and development of Intermediate elementary and secondary school students will be addressed. Current curriculum issues, trends, and design techniques will be discussed and integrated into all components of the course via direct instruction, small group interaction, peer presentations, inquiry, problem solving, action research, and co-operative learning. Workshops in design, studio, and history will augment the course candidates' prior Visual Arts knowledge and respond to individual needs. Course candidates will have opportunities to create supportive networks, receive feedback from peers and the instructor, and show response to professional reading via reflective practice.


Nipissing University is committed to providing students with the opportunity to complete courses whenever possible, and therefore reserves the right to modify elements of a course, including such aspects as mode of delivery, course schedule, assignments and deadlines if circumstances require such extreme measures. If modifications become necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be provided. Our students will be given an explanation and an opportunity to comment.


Course Content

The Intermediate Visual Arts elective supports the Ontario Ministry of Education documents:


Successful candidates will demonstrate their understanding and ability to apply the following:




Evaluation Procedures

In order to be successful in this course, teacher candidates must complete all assignments. The penalty for late submission of an assignment is 10% per calendar day. Exceptions will be made for special circumstances; however, do request an extension by contacting the instructor. Failure to complete or submit an assignment will result in an assigned grade of "0" for the assignment. If a candidate is absent for 20% or more of the course schedule, the J/I and/or I/S Division Chairs will be contacted and the student will be in jeopardy of losing the course credit. All assignments will be submitted to and received from the instructor in class only.


Assignments = 30%
Unit Plan = 40%
Portfolio = 30%


  1. Assignments = 30%
    Each course candidate will complete individual and group assignments. These may include lesson plans, hands-on art history ideas, in class assignments, Visual Arts mission statement, critiquing sessions, and assessment and evaluation tasks.
  2. Unit Plan = 40%
    Each course candidate will design a unit of study suited to the instructional and curricular responsibilities associated with teaching Visual Arts in the Junior/ Intermediate Division. The unit will follow the framework outlined in the Ministry of Education Curriculum Planner (March 2001 edition) and will include Art History, Art Criticism, the elements and principles of design, career opportunities, Canadian content, Multiculturalism, and address health and safety issues. Exemplars designed and made by the students will be used to accompany the individual lessons within the unit plan. It will be complete and practical enough so course candidates could start teaching from it if they were to teach the unit "tomorrow".
  3. Portfolio = 30%
    Each course candidate will submit a portfolio of their own exemplars related to instruction in Visual Arts at the Junior/ Intermediate level. The exemplars may include original handouts, posters, samples from hands-on activities, lesson plans, etc. that the student can use in his/her future classroom.



Blaskievich, L. and Walkling, C. EDUC 4496 Course Pack , Nipissing University , 2008