Level 1 Visual Art

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms L. Mrkusic

The theme changes each year to make it meaningful and relevant to the cohort coming in. The 3 term course includes Maori and Pacific Art and reference to contemporary NZ Artist Models. Skills developed during the Level 1 course will be applied to the generation of work, development of ideas and technical control of media. 

Subject Overview

Term 1
Practice drawing skills of intended subject matter in a range of media. Extend drawing into another discipline of either printmaking or sculpture.

Term 2
Develop creative ideas using artist models as a springboard.
Term 1 and 2 generates work for the internal and panel 1 of the portfolio.

Term 3
Regenerate and synthesize ideas from term 1 and 2 into new work.
Complete work for panel 2 of the portfolio by end of term to allow time for study in other subject areas.

Term 4
Portfolio hand-in is in week 1 of term 4. After this class time is used for study.

Recommended Prior Learning

Year 10 Visual Art or an interest in making art and an interview with the HOD.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Students are required to purchase a set 10 acrylic paints and a set of paintbrushes.
The portfolio of practical art work (external exam equivalent) has a charge of $10.00 as this is the take home component

Assessment Information

Students sit one internal standard and one external standard for the year. All work is practical and hands-on. The external standard is presented as a two panel portfolio due early Term 4 by the NZQA deadline


Level 2 Visual Art extends idea development from Level 1. Students study artistic conventions and apply the new knowledge to their own work. They learn to sequence of a body of work to create a related series. Both provide a foundation upon which to generate, develop and synthesise new work for the external portfolio.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

Total Credits Available: 18 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 6 credits.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 90915 v2
Visual Arts 1.3 - Use drawing conventions to develop work in more than one field of practice
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 90916 v3
Visual Arts 1.4 - Produce a body of work informed by established practice, which develops ideas, using a range of media
Level: 1
Internal or External: External
Credits: 12
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 18
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Total Numeracy Credits: 0


All subject selections are provisional only and are subject to:

  • meeting any course entry requirements
  • minimum class sizes
  • the availability of teaching staff

and the final decision is at the discretion of the Head of Learning Area for that subject.