The Visual Arts Program at Strathcona provides students with a dynamic, and supportive learning environment to explore both traditional and contemporary ways of creating art. Students will explore a variety of media and will be exposed to valuable lessons in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, design, art history, and criticism. Students registered in this course are rigorously trained both artistically and academically in order to gain mastery over their art. Through practice, study, analysis, reading, and extensive research, students learn to apply their intelligence to the art they create for both personal and professional applications. Upon completion of this program, students are prepared to enter institutions of higher education. Many have earned entrance in post-secondary Fine Arts and Design programs, as well as scholarships for advanced study.
In addition to Art 10, 20, and 30, Strathcona offers one of the largest Advanced Placement Art + Design programs in Alberta. The AP Art + Design program includes three different courses and portfolio exams students can choose from, including 2D Design, Drawing, and 3D Design. In the AP Art + Design course, students will be challenged to develop many of the higher-level skills that artists and designers use, and will create a portfolio of college-level work they submit for evaluation and an AP score in their final year of the program. A qualifying portfolio score can earn students college credit and/or advanced placement.