Note: This course is only available for registration to students residing in Canada
This studio course in art is for anyone wishing to gain an understanding and appreciation of
the materials that make up our physical world and how these can be used in art and design. Each
unit looks at one material: wood, metal, plastics, paper, fibre, particles, earth, stone, liquids
and space. The sources, processing, available forms and developments in art and design history of
each material are discussed through slides and computer animations. The on-camera students then
explore the physical properties and aesthetic possibilities of materials in the studio and in
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Describe the characteristics of common sculpting materials.
- Describe the nature of forms and their material evolution.
- Describe how natural and synthetic materials are made.
- Describe hand, machine, and electronic tool sculpting processes.
- Describe the design and manufacture of art works made with specific materials.
- Use diverse materials constructively to explore systems and ideas.
- Describe significant aspects of the work of selected artists, designers, and
- Analyze the balance of function and aesthetics in the making of objects.
- Critique the balance of function and aesthetics in your own and others' work
- Unit 1: Wood
- Unit 2: Metal
- Unit 3: Plastics
- Unit 4: Paper
- Unit 5: Fibres
- Unit 6: Particles
- Unit 7: Stone
- Unit 8: Earth
- Unit 9: Liquid
- Unit 10: Space
Required text and materials
Students will receive the following:
- Visa 1301 Postcard Booklet
- Visa 1301 USB Material & Form
- You will need to provide your own drawing paper and camera to provide the Notebook and
photographic documentation of your work that is required in your assignments. (We recommend 20
lb., blank 8.5" by 11" paper).
- You may want to use a binder to protect your assignment documentation and keep it in order.
- Print, self-paced students will need access to a computer to view a USB included in the
Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, students are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in person approved Testing Centre. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about this.
Each assignment is worth 10% of your final course grade, as shown in the chart below. You will
need to achieve a minimum of 50% overall on your assignments in order to pass this course. There
is no final exam.
|Assignment 1: Wood
|Assignment 2: Metal
|Assignment 3: Plastics
|Assignment 4: Paper
|Assignment 5: Fibres
|Assignment 6: Particles
|Assignment 7: Stone
|Assignment 8: Earth
|Assignment 9: Liquid
|Assignment 10: Space
Open Learning Faculty Member Information
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.