art is a journey

Everything you can imagine is real.

Hello! My name is David Anjo and I have the pleasure of being the Visual Arts teacher here at CIS. I have been at the school since 2011 and am really looking forward to working with the young artists here. I want to help them realize their potential, without teaching the artist out of them. In addition this year we are focusing a lot of our time on getting the students to reach down deep inside and look at the world with an artistically critical eye. I am sure that experience will be a mutually educational one, for them and for me. I am a practicing artist, mostly in the field of fine art photography and the sharing of the artwork I do will also be extended into the clubs I participate in and within the classroom.

I welcome your thoughts and comments throughout the year - this is very much a shared experience, with staff, teachers, students and parents participating - so please feel free to contact me at any time.


The Ontario Secondary School Visual Arts Program

The OSSD Visual Arts course is intended as an introduction to studio creativity/production, art history, art criticism and aesthetic judgment. The course emphasizes the ability to understand and use elements and principles of design through a variety of media, processes and visual resources. Much of the work done in this course will be hands-on, improving your art skills, but we will also be improving critical thinking skills as well. It is to everyone's advantage to always be prepared to engage in reading and writing activities.

Course Learning Goals
By the completion of this course, students will:

  • Recognize the basic elements and techniques of design and be able to employ them in a successful drawing, painting or digital rendering.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of color theory through color mixing and watercolour painting.
  • Develop ideas and plans which lead to the production of artworks within the constraints of selected problems with emphasis on particular elements of art and principles of design, on a particular function, on a particular idea, concept, or emotion.
  • Apply artistic decision-making and media choice in the production of original artworks.
  • Become acquainted with the art of diverse cultures.
  • Develop skills in the analysis and criticism of artworks.
  • Develop aesthetic awareness through the analysis and discussion of major critical theories.
  • Demonstrate safe and proper use of all art making tools and processes.


The International Baccalaureate Visual Arts Program

For more information about the International Baccalaureate Organization please visit here.

Education in the arts involves students intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically. Learning through the arts therefore fosters integration of students’ cognitive, emotional, sensory, and motor capacities, and enables students with a wide variety of learning styles to increase their learning potential. Students also learn that artistic expression is a creative means of clarifying and restructuring personal experience.

Study of the visual arts nourishes the imagination and develops a sense of beauty, while providing unique ways for students to gain insights into the world around them. In producing their own works, students communicate their insights while developing artistic skills and aesthetic judgment.

The IB Diploma Programme visual arts course offered at CIS encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. This will be a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers.

In addition to exploring and comparing visual arts from different perspectives and in different contexts, CIS visual arts students will be expected to engage in, experiment with and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media. The course is designed for students who want to go on to study visual arts in higher education as well as for those who are seeking lifelong enrichment through visual arts.

The IB Diploma Programme visual arts course offered at CIS fully supports the IB mission statement and learner profile. The course encourages students to actively explore the visual arts within and across a variety of local, regional, national, international and intercultural contexts. Through inquiry, investigation, reflection and creative application, visual arts students develop an appreciation for the expressive and aesthetic diversity in the world around them, becoming critically informed makers and consumers of visual culture.