St Mary’s College (Wellington) St Mary’s College (Wellington)

Level 1 Visual Art

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms L. Mrkusic.

Recommended Prior Learning

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


Mixed Media observational studies by Level One students 2023

The thematic content changes each year to make it meaningful and relevant to the cohort coming in. The 3 term course embraces Te Ao Maori and Pacific Art and references contemporary NZ Artist Models. Skills developed during the Level 1 course will be applied to exploration, experimentation, the generation of work, development of ideas and technical control of media. Focus on exploration and experimentation is a big feature of the new NCEA changes to facilitate authentic learning. There is no longer such a big emphasis on the production of finished art works.

Subject Overview

Term 1
Practice based visual inquiry to explore Aotearoa NZ Maori context and another context. Images gathered includes collage, photographs, drawings, and sketches. Notes and annotations demonstrate ongoing thinking and decision making.
The research gathered in term one can be added to continuously in term 2 and 3 to support and document new ideas and thinking.

Internal AS 91912 5 credits.

Term 2
Explore visual arts processes and conventions to inform own art making.
This is a workbook presentation that documents and demonstrates your experimentation,trials and failures as art making processes and procedures are explored to gain new knowledge and learning.

External AS 91914 5 credits

Term 3
Create a sustained body of related artworks in response to an artmaking proposition or theme.
This is presented on 1 x A1 panel. the related artworks form a series to show generation and idea development within the art making process.

External AS 91915 5 credits

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

Learning Areas:

The Creative Arts - Visual Art

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

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.

Career Pathways

Game Developer, Hairdresser/Barber, Photographer, Private Teacher/Tutor, Animator/Digital Artist, Mining Engineer, Holiday Park Manager, Accountant, Auditor, Diversional and Recreational Therapist, Actor, Finance Manager, Receptionist, Advertising Specialist, Copywriter, Sales and Marketing Manager, Survey Technician, Aeronautical Engineer, Aeroplane Pilot, Registered Nurse, Agricultural Technician, Agricultural/Horticultural Consultant, Product Assembler, Paramedic

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


All subject selections are provisional only and are subject to:

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