Visual Arts • Arts & Culture • Kaipara College
The Kaipara College Art Department teaches with a core philosophy of passion for art and art education combined with a firm belief that all students have the capacity to extend themselves, be enriched and achieve their individual goals when given the opportunity to participate and learn through the visual arts.
In 2019 we will offer a one term skill building option for Year 9 art students:
‘My Turangawaewae’ - a mixed media drawing and painting course focusing on the basic skills and encouraging experimentation.
In Year 10 students are able to choose a whole semester option: ‘Whakaahua tutuhi pukapuka’ - the Year 10 drawing project to further build their practical and thinking skills.
In Year 11 the course becomes an academic NCEA subject: 101 Art, involving an nternal Achievement Standard where the students are assessed on their ability to use wet and dry media with a high level of skill. This leads on to two externally assessed portfolio boards.
From Year 12 onwards visual arts offers three NCEA specialist courses: 201 design,
201 painting, 201 photography.
All three courses are then offered in Year 13 as 301 courses. Senior Students are able to choose more than one of the visual arts options in Years 12 and 13.
These specialist courses teach valuable creative thinking skills, practical skills and innovation that lead on to University courses and the Creative Industries. Many of our past students are succeeding in visual arts fields such as architecture, graphic and product design, photography, advertising & marketing and art teaching.