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Visual Arts

The Visual Art Program at OCVI offers students who will be attending O’Neill the opportunity to take Visual Art classes that are part of our regular academic program, while also providing these same students the opportunity to apply for an enriched art program which they can participate in throughout their high school career.

Our Visual Arts Program is open to all O’Neill area students who will be attending OCVI for their Grade 9 year. This means that you will be attending O’Neill starting in grade 9 as you are currently enrolled in our Family of Schools (Beau Valley, Coronation, Dr. S.J. Phillips, Sunset Heights, Hillsdale, Kedron, Mary Street, Northern Dancer and Queen Elizabeth Public Schools) AND you live in O'Neill's catchment area. Students who are moving into the O’Neill catchment area for grade 9 are also eligible to apply for the program in their grade 8 year.

If you are an out-of-area student, which means that you will not be attending O’Neill in your grade 9 year, then you are able to apply to our program for your Grade 10 year.

All students must apply for entrance in to our Enriched Art Program.

Art is for Everyone…
The O’Neill Art program is not just for students who plan to have a career in Art related fields. We invite all students who have an interest and passion in the Arts to apply for an opportunity to experience the benefits of an Arts education. Studies in Art foster creative thinking and problem solving skills, self-expression, confidence and teach a respect for the ideas of others and yourself. Many of our students also find being a part of our Art Program helps to create a balance within their busy high school years. As the famous twentieth-century artist Henri Matisse said, ‘Art is something like a good arm chair in which to rest from fatigue.’

We are proud of our Graduates and our Programs…
O’Neill Visual Arts graduates have met with great success in their post-secondary studies and careers in the Arts. Our graduates have gone on to study Art at various renowned institutions such as Sheridan College and OCAD University in Toronto; Queen’s and Mount Allison Universities in Kingston and New Brunswick, ECUAD in Vancouver, the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland and Parson’s School of Design in New York. After completing their post-secondary studies, they can be found working at Art Galleries, to producing software for video games, painting publicly commissioned murals, inhabiting the office as an Artistic Director at advertising agencies, and teaching Art within the DDSB!

About Our Courses
Our art program consists of the Regular Visual Arts program and the Specialized Visual Arts program.
Below is an overview of the classes that are available to our students in each area:

​Regular Visua Arts Program​Specialized Visual Arts Program
AVI10 - Grade 9 Art​​AWK1O - Grade 9 Cartooning
AVI20 - Grade 10 Art​​AWD2O - Grade 10 Design & Illustration
AVI3M - Grade 11 Art​​AWL3M - Advanced Drawing & Visualization
AWQ3O - Grade 11 Photography*​AWT4M - Portfolio Development​
AWS3O - Grade 11 Digital Arts*​
AVI4M - Grade 12 Visual Arts​
AWQ4M - Grade 12 Photography*​
​ *Please note that our Photography and Digital Art courses are open to all students whether you are in the Regular or Specialized Art Program.

For More Information
For further details on the Visual Arts at O’Neill, and/or the opportunity to apply to the Specialized Visual Arts program, do not hesitate to contact the Guidance Department or Visual Arts Department at 905-728-7531. If you require an additional copy of this application package it can be downloaded from the O’Neill website.


 Open Studio Program

​The O.C.V.I. Open Studio Program offers students unique participation and learning opportunities related to the Visual Arts. All O’Neill students are invited to participate in this drop-in art club on Wednesday from 2:30 - 5:30pm.

On Wednesday evenings any and all student-artists are welcome to use the studio facility and its resources to complete art related assignments, conduct research in Art/Art History, or, try their hand at unique media and techniques.

Throughout the school year, workshops are also offered as unique learning opportunities for students. Topics vary from year to year, and can include Wire Sculpture, Animation, Copper Tooling, Jewellery-making, and, Life Drawing from the Model, etc.

Through this program, students may gain not only insights into the work of professional, practising artists — both fine and commercial - but may themselves venture into new and exciting Art areas.