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O'Neill Collegiate and Vocational Institute
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Visual Arts

The Visual Arts experience at O’Neill is, like that of our Music and Performing Arts programs, very rich and highly regarded. We are proud to offer students a Regular Course Program that is second to none, and a Specialized Program that is available for all O'Neill area students beginning in Grade 9 and for selected Grade 9 & 10 OCVI students who demonstrate the required skills and dedication.   

O’Neill Visual Arts grads have traditionally met with great success in post-secondary studies and, ultimately, careers in the Arts. Our graduates have gone on to study Art — both Fine and Commercial — at various renowned institutions such as Sheridan College and O.C.A.D. in Toronto, and Queen’s and Mount Allison Universities in Kingston and New Brunswick; O.C.V.I. grads get around — from the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland to Parson’s School of Design in New York. And after completing their post-secondary studies, they can be found anywhere from working at an Art Gallery to producing software for video games, from painting publicly commissioned murals to inhabiting the office of Artistic Director at advertising agencies, and even teaching Art within our Board. As our students often happily report after their portfolio review-interviews for Art College/University

 "I really felt I had an edge. The interviewer knew of the

O’Neill Art Program and seemed really interested to have me.​"


Your teacher-instructors of the O’Neill Art Department are caring, highly dedicated, well-trained art educators. They are practicing artists whose education and experiences range from Art studies at the Queen’s University in Kingston, the Ontario College of Art and Design, Nipissing University and the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, to participation in group and solo Art shows, and the completion of large public commissions.


 Open Studio Program

​The O.C.V.I. Open Studio Program offers students unique participation and learning opportunities related to the Visual Arts. Any O’Neill student (regardless of whether or not he or she is enrolled in an Art course) may participate in this ‘drop-in’ style, informal club-like program.

On Wednesday evenings throughout the school year the Art rooms operate on the College/University Art program model of ‘Open Studio’, where any and all student-artists are welcome to use the studio facility and its resources to complete Art course or Art-related assignments, conduct research in Art/Art History, or, try their hand at unique media and techniques, some of which can’t otherwise be explored in the regular classroom setting.

Open Studio Special Programs include hands-on workshops, some conducted by renowned local artists, each with his/her unique talents to share. Such workshops are subject to availability of the artist/interest of the students, and may therefore vary from year to year, but usually include work in such varied media and techniques as Wire Sculpture, Fresco and Encaustic Painting, 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.