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Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Visual Art is the study of Art and Design. Students learn to draw and use these drawings to make meaningful paintings, sculptures, prints, photos, designs and solve problems.

The Visual Art program is designed to challenge students in a creative process that will involve a variety of choices, rich learning experiences relevant to their own lives and cultures. It allows students to learn new techniques in many different Art fields which allow them to develop and refine their skills to complete systematic work.

Year 9

Year 9 Art is a great opportunity for students to develop their creativity and explore a range of issues, materials and disciplines. Students learn how to problem solve, draw (render), manipulate colour, design, print and sculpt, this all contributes to the manipulation in answering human and other cultural problems.

Year 9: Is an Option class and is available two terms during the year.  Three hours a week on the five day time table.

Year 10

Students develop their Visual Art skills in the Hastings Boys' High School art department by actively investigating, exploring and researching a range of skills and techniques that touch on the following disciplines; drawing, painting, printmaking, and designing.

Year 10: Is an Option class and is available two terms during the year.  Four hours a week on the five day time table.

Year 11 and NCEA Level 1

Year 11 Art: Students have the opportunity to gain 26 NCEA Credits. Students work throughout the year to create, develop and learn about a wide range of artists and art works.

Students work will be based on Portraiture, Photography and collage Art. Identity is the Theme throughout the year.

Year 11 Art is a year long program, four periods a week.

Year 12 and NCEA Level 2

This year reflects Year 11, however we encourage students to explore, investigate and delve deeper into the world of Visual Art.

This year their work will be based on the Art conventions and practices of Pop Art.

Year 12: Is an as a NCEA Level 2 option and available for the full year.  Five hours on the five day timetable.

Year 13 and NCEA Level 3

Year 13 again expands and reflects Year 12 (Level 2) work and is a year's study of Visual Art work and design in Painting, Printing, Sculpture, Photography or Design. At this level students will be given the opportunity to present and develop a sophisticated and well thought out proposition (project) that will include a wide range of theories and art making approaches that will be reflected on by the student.

Year 13: Is an as a NCEA Level 3 option and available for the full year.  Five hours on the five day timetable.

View some of the student's art work showing a range of mediums, including digital art, photography, painting drawing and printing:

Junior Digital Art           Senior Digital Art