The Visual Arts at Southland Girls' High School explores a wide variety of visual images, materials, processes and conventions within the fields of drawing, painting, printmaking, design, sculpture and art history.
Within each of these fields, students:
- Develop visual literacy.
- Learn how to discern, participate in, and celebrate their own and others visual worlds.
- Become aesthetically aware.
- Transform visual, tactile and spacial ideas to solve problems.
- Communicate personal stories.
- Comment on social issues.
- Develop understanding of cultural, historical and contemporary visual art practices.
- Develop creative thinking and analytical skills.
- Develop technical skills.
The curriculum is divided into four areas of study:
- Understanding the Arts in Context
- Developing Practical Knowledge
- Developing Ideas
- Communicating and Interpreting
The Visual Arts programme involves students from Year 7 to Year 13.
Year 7 and 8 students have a selection of learning packages.
The Year 9 and 10 learning packages "Bring Out the Artist in Me" with its focus on painting and mixed media problem solving, gives students a strong foundation for NCEA Level 1 and "Art Worx" - a focus on printmaking and three dimensional problem solving.
- Year 11 Level One - there are 4 Achievement Standards totalling 24 credits.
- Year 12 Visual Art - 3 Achievement Standards totalling 24 credits.
- Year 11/12 The Third Dimension - a composition of Unit Standards and Achievement Standards - Year 11 for 18 credits and Year 12 for 24 credits.
- Year 13 students can specialise in painting, sculpture, design, art history, printmaking or photography. Each subject area has 3 Achievement Standards for 24 credits.