Visual Arts

The studio arts program is taught by art instructors, Ms. Richards and Mr. Marriott. The art studio is available to students at lunch with prior approval.. In previous years, the work produced by students throughout the year has culminated in an annual art show, “Out of the Blue”. This year, we are planning to have 2 shows – one 

Our visual artists have had their work exhibited at the Ministry of Education offices in Victoria, at the BC Teachers’ Federation building in Vancouver, at the Arts in the High Country Festival and SD#73’s annual secondary art show (Sagebrush Theatre), and in the NSBIA’s Festival of Banners. They have also exhibited at The Hamlets.

Westsyde Secondary student artists also painted one of the 4 murals at the Superstore in Sa-Hali. Four schools each painted a season illustrating the theme of “Live, Work, and Play in Kamloops, BC’s Friendliest City.” Our season is Winter. Each mural is 8 feet high, and 16 feet long, and they flank the entire wall as one comes up from the underground parkade. They are permanently installed in this space. 

The following Visual Arts courses are offered at this school:

  • Visual Arts 8 (part of the Mosaic)
  • Visual Arts 9
  • Art Studio 10, 11, and 12 (this is the general Visual Arts courses that involves working with a variety of 2D and 3D media)
  • Studio Arts 2D 10, 11, and 12 (for students wanting to specialize in drawing and painting)
  • Studio Arts 3D 10, 11, and 12 (for students wanting to construct, carve, and assemble sculptures)
  • Graphic Arts 11 and 12 (for students wanting to focus on printmaking, graphic design, and digital media)
  • Photography 10, 11, and 12

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” -Aristotle