Year 9 Art - Optional (10 week course)

Students will use the elements of design to produce two or three dimensional work. Work will focus on developing practical skills in the areas of wet and dry media.

Year 10 Art (1/2 year option) 

Students will focus on elements of design which will be used to produce either 2D or 3D work, based on a subject or artist. Topics covered may include: colour theory, drawing, artist study, Māori motifs, landscape, 3D sculptures, and mixed media artworks.

Visual Art Level 1 

At Level 1, students will work on a range standards. This allows students the choice to only do Internal Achievement Standards or both Internal and the External Achievement Standards. Students will: draw a variety of subject matter using both wet and dry media to record information; use drawing conventions to look at formal elements such as line, texture, collage, colour studies and painting; discuss and analyse works by a variety of artists including Maori and other cultural contexts, using art terminology, complete works in more than one field of art (e.g. painting and printmaking); and develop individual related works using a range of media for Internal or External Standard assessments. Most students who take NCEA Level 1 Visual Art, carry on to NCEA Level 2 Visual Art. 

Visual Art Level 2

At Level 2, students will work on a range of standards. This allows students the choice to just do Internal Achievement Standards or both Internal and the External Achievement Standards. Students will develop an understanding of artists’ work in the field of printmaking/painting through analysing works by printmakers/painters, exploring how they used methods and ideas to create artworks. Students will: show an understanding of printmaking terms and methods; generate and develop ideas for printmaking/painting including observational drawings and use of artists’ models; and produce individual related works using printmaking/painting techniques to show a development and extension of ideas. These works will be used on two display boards for the external Achievement Standard or for the Internal Standards. 

Visual Art Level 3 & Scholarship 

At Level 3, students will work on one or more of the Internal Achievement Standards, as well as an External Achievement Standard . Students use established drawing processes (e.g. techniques with tools, technologies and materials), procedures (e.g. steps taken to get from initial ideas to end results), drawings studies and collage to help them analyse and clarify their ideas. Students can analyse methods and ideas from established painting practice. They systematically clarify their ideas to produce a body of work that integrates conventions and regenerates ideas within painting practice to be used on three display boards for the external Achievement Standard 91456. This subject can lead to careers as an artist, illustrator, designer, Art therapist or Art teacher.
What are the arts about? 

Te toi whakairo, ka ihiihi, ka wehiwehi, ka aweawe te ao katoa. The arts are powerful forms of expression that recognise, value, and contribute to the unique bicultural and multicultural character of Aotearoa New Zealand, enriching the lives of all New Zealanders. The arts have their own distinct languages that use both verbal and non-verbal conventions, mediated by selected processes and technologies. Through movement, sound, and image, the arts transform people’s creative ideas into expressive works that communicate layered meanings.