Visual Arts

Why take Art?

Visual Arts in the New Zealand curriculum covers a wide range of fields including sculpture, painting, printmaking, photography, design, electronic media and film, and the history of art. Students become increasingly literate in the visual arts as they learn from example, practise ways of working, and explore and reflect on the conceptual, perceptual and practical processes of two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and time-based art. Students learn in, through and about the various forms and processes of the visual arts. Through practical work and a study of others’ art, they learn to make objects and images, to source and develop ideas, and to communicate and interpret meaning. They come to understand visual art works as social and historical texts as they investigate the contexts in which the visual arts are made, used and valued.

As makers and viewers, students gain knowledge about the content, structure and meaning of art works and develop visual literacy in their representation and “reading” of the visual world. They develop appropriate critical skills and understanding as they analyse and question the parameters of visual arts practice.