Art Overview

Many curricular expectations in Alberta Art courses relate to media and digital literacy. The following excerpts from Art (Elemantary) (1985) detail how media and digital literacy have been integrated into the curriculum:

The elementary visual arts program, through the four components of REFLECTION, DEPICTION, COMPOSITION and EXPRESSION, provides opportunity for a variety of experiences: a chance to grow and develop as an individual; to develop perceptual awareness; to learn visual arts skills and concepts; to interpret and communicate with the visual symbol; to create; to value, reflect upon and appreciate the cultural aspects of art; to relate and appreciate art in everyday life…

Opportunity should be provided for:

  • awareness of and appreciation for the ethnic and cultural aspects of the visual arts in our society
  • an understanding of art as a common or universal means of expression among all peoples
  • an appreciation of artistic accomplishments, past and present.

On the left menu you will find outcome charts containing media-related learning outcomes from the Arts curriculum, with links to supporting resources on the MediaSmarts site. As many of our lessons can be adapted to suit different grade levels, specific lessons may be listed for more than one grade. Teachers should also note that individual lessons often satisfy a number of learning outcomes.