Welcome to the Visual Arts Department, the area of the school where individual creativity is embraced and nurtured.
A five-year course starting as a ‘half year’ option in Year 9 and full year programmes from Year 10 through to Year 13 and Scholarship levels.
We have a tried-and-true multi levelled programme that will help foster a student’s passion for creative industries, enhance problem solving skills and allow students to focus on becoming individual and creative people.
The Year 9 programme is a skills-based course where students learn to draw and paint from basics through formal drawing and painting lessons. Students at this level will learn to create simple still-life drawings and paintings, learn monochromatic and full colour blending skills, create a series of local landscapes and a final project investigating ‘Pop Art’. This course runs for either terms one and two or terms three and four.
The Year 10 programme has been developed and refined over many years to allow students to investigate current trends in visual arts and to look at practising, contemporary artists as a means of inspiration and to inform their own work. It is beneficial to have completed the Year 9 course prior to this, as students will start to choose their individual subject matter and use their artistic skills, they learnt in Year 9. Students will look at a range of international contemporary artists and model techniques employed by the different artists to discover new strengths and personalised creativity. The last part of this programme is to complete the research element of the first Internal Achievement Standard for Level One.