The panoramic photographs of Manitoba landscapes in the website banners are used with the kind permission of © Stan Milosevic.

The “landscape” images and metaphor illustrated in the website banners represent current understandings about curriculum presented in the “Guiding Principles for WNCP Curriculum Framework Projects” (Western and Northern Canadian Protocol, 2011).

New ways of thinking about curriculum involve a “shift in the images we use, away from knowledge pictured as fragmented pieces put together, one piece at a time, in a linear fashion on an assembly line, to an image of knowledge as a complex organic network organized into living fields, territories or 'landscapes'. Learning about these living fields of knowledge requires: 'learning the landscape'.”

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Visual Arts

Welcome to the Manitoba Visual Arts Education Website

This website contains information regarding the Kindergarten to Grade 12 Manitoba Visual Arts curriculum frameworks developed by the Department of Education and Training as well as implementation resources and links to support the Visual Arts curricula.

Arts Education Grant Program for 2023/2024

Teachers are invited to apply for funding (maximum of $500) for creative projects in dance, drama, music and visual arts. The deadline for submission is October 20, 2023. Forms and more details are available on the Arts Education Grant Program's webpage.

Frameworks of Outcomes

Visual Arts ButterflyThe overarching goal of the visual arts curriculum is to support, nurture, and inspire the growth of every student as a young artist and as an artful learner.

The Visual Arts Butterfly represents the Visual Arts curriculum framework which is based on four interrelated essential learning areas.  The essential learning areas are further detailed by connected sets of general and specific learning outcomes.

Kindergarten to Grade 8 Visual Arts Manitoba Curriculum Framework of Outcomes Grades 9 to 12 Visual Arts: Manitoba Curriculum Framework

Administration and Implementation Guide for Grades 9 to 12 Arts Education and accompanying resources

The Administration and Implementation Guide for Grades 9 to 12 Arts Education and accompanying resources, including curriculum planners, learning/course design tools and screencasts, are available on the 9 to 12 Implementation Resources tab on the left menu.

Frequently Asked Questions (Grades 9 to 12)

Frequently Asked Questions: Grades 9 to 12 Visual Arts

Pictures of Practice (Kindergarten to Grade 8)

The Visual Arts Pictures of Practice bring the Manitoba Visual Arts curriculum framework to life with illustrations of various Visual Arts teaching and learning contexts in authentic Manitoba classrooms.

Arts Education Learning Resources

The Manitoba Curriculum Support Centre provides Manitoba Kindergarten through Grade 12 educators with curriculum implementation support, educational research and professional development materials related to Visual Arts Education. See the Visual Arts Bibliographic resources.