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O'Neill Collegiate and Vocational Institute
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Visual Arts

The Art Program at OCVI offers a unique concept in Secondary Education which features a regular academic program that is enriched with a concentration in the Visual Arts. Our program is open all O’Neill area students who will be attending OCVI for their Grade 9 year. If you are an out-of-area student then you are able to apply to our program in your Grade 10 year.

Students must apply for entrance in to this 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 any and all students to experience the benefits of an Arts education experience. Studies in Art foster creative thinking skills, which are the basis for achievement in any field where new and original ideas are in demand. The Art courses at O’Neill offer students the opportunity for self-expression and they teach you not only a tolerance and respect for the ideas of others, but for yourself as well. It is also worth noting that the benefits of an Art class within the busy timetable of a high
school student should also be recognized. 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…
The Visual Arts experience at O’Neill is, like that of our Performing Arts programs, very rich and highly regarded. O’Neill Visual Arts grads 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.