The Creative Arts - Visual Art

Visual Art Painting

Visual Art Painting caters for neuro-divergent creative thinkers who are curious about themselves and the process of making Art.


Learning in the Visual Arts fosters curiosity, collaboration and creative thinking. Through the activity of making Art, individual students learn about themselves, build resilience, push through challenges, manage self, recognize diversity and think critically. 

Engagement in Visual Art promotes important creative problem solving capacity required in today’s constantly changing world.

Visual Arts practice starts with observational drawing techniques to build confidence with a range of media. Drawings explore ideas and these ideas are developed into paintings and prints. Use of Artist Models assist with generating ideas and understanding work in context.  

Junior programmes engage students fully in the creative process to develop confidence and explores a variety of creative ideas, technical skills and contemporary events.

Senior classes work through the NCEA assessment framework, aiming to synthesise historic, contemporary, cultural and personal practice; thoughtfully connecting students to place and purpose.

Future Pathways

  • Photographer, Tatoo Artist, Landscape Architect, Product Designer, Art Auctioneer, Art Dealer
  • Art Teacher, Art Therapist, Museum Curator, Caricaturist, Painter, Sculptor, Ceramic Artist
  • Courtroom Sketch Artist, Airbrush Artist, Floral Designer, Screen Printer, Mosaic Artist, Muralist
  • Book Illustrator, Advertising Photographer, Photojournalist, Wildlife Photographer 
  • Portrait Artist, Wedding Photographer, Repurposed Furniture Designer

Visual Art Design


Art Design will captivate students who are curious about creative, practical problem solving using the conventions of Graphic Design. 

Students will explore illustration, photographic and sculptural processes alongside computer skills to build a client brief. Using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign, students will develop an understanding of layout and type integration informed by the work of established designers.

Future Pathways

This is a local curriculum project which supports our school values through promoting service and sustainability of our land.

Studying Design can open doors to creative industries such as:

  • Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Advertising, Web Design, Game Concept Artist, Architecture, Special Effects Designer

  • Artist, Photographer, Printmaker, Sculptor, Performance Art, Filmmaker, 

  • Interior Design, Textile Design, Fashion Design, Costume and Set Designer

  • Art Restorer, Gallery Curator, Exhibition Manager, Teacher, Art Historian

  • There are also a wide range of courses available for those wanting to follow a creative digital pathway in the future. 

Visual skills are essential for a sophisticated workforce, so by studying Art Design you will gain an education in the vital skills of learning to see and develop the ability to interpret and critique our image-saturated world.

HOLA Lisa Mrkusic     [email protected]