Graphic Arts 12

Curricular Competencies

Explore and create

  • Create graphic artworks using sensory inspiration, imagination, and inquiry
  • Design, create, and refine graphic artworks
  • Create innovative graphic artworks for a specific audience
  • Examine artistic possibilities and cross-cultural perspectives
  • Take creative risks to express thoughts and emotions
  • Refine skills and techniques related to various styles and technologies
  • Demonstrate innovation in creating graphic artworks and resolving design challenges
  • Examine contributions of traditional and innovative graphic artists from a variety of movements, periods, and contexts
  • Intentionally select and combine materials, processes, and technologies to convey ideas, and justify choices

Reason and reflect

  • Recognize and engage in the reciprocal process of a critique
  • Interpret and evaluate, using discipline-specific language, how artists use materials, technologies, processes, and environments in graphic artworks
  • Analyze design choices in graphic artworks
  • Reflect on personal answers to aesthetic questions
  • Reflect on the influences of a variety of contexts on graphic artworks

Communicate and document

  • Document, share, and appreciate graphic artworks in a variety of contexts
  • Demonstrate respect for self, others, and place through art making
  • Express ideas and perspectives through graphic artworks
  • Investigate and respond to social and environmental issues through graphic artworks

Connect and expand

  • Create graphic artworks to reflect personal voice, story, and values
  • Explore First Peoples perspectives, knowledge, and protocols; other ways of knowing, and local cultural knowledge through graphic arts
  • Examine the reciprocal relationships between graphic arts, culture, and society
  • Evaluate personal, educational, and professional opportunities related to graphic arts and related fields
  • Connect on a local, national, or global scale through graphic artworks
  • Demonstrate safe and responsible use of materials, tools, and work space

MediaSmarts Resources


Students are expected to know the following:

  • elements of visual art
  • principles of design
  • image development strategies
  • printmaking and graphic forms, materials, technologies, and processes
  • creative processes
  • symbols and metaphors
  • roles of and relationships between artist and audience
  • influences of visual culture in social and other media
  • traditional and contemporary First Peoples worldviews, stories, and practices, as expressed through graphic arts
  • contributions of traditional, innovative, and intercultural graphic artists from a variety of movements, contexts, and periods
  • history of a variety of artistic movements, including their roles in historical and contemporary societies
  • moral rights, and the ethics of cultural appropriation and plagiarism
  • health and safety protocols and procedures