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

Level 2 Visual Art

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms L. Mrkusic.

Recommended Prior Learning

Level 1 Visual Art or an interest in making art and an interview with the HOD

Visual Art at this level is designed specifically to prepare students for independent but guided study at Level 3 NCEA. The course offers students a balance between a structured programme as well as individual expression through the practice of art making. Students generate ideas, develop ideas into paintings using artist models then regenerate and synthesise ideas to create a body of work.

                                                        Surreal Collages Level Two students 2023

Visual Arts Video Clip

At Level 2 all students start the year with two internals and a clear structure to scaffold new learning. These two internals introduce the use of Artist Model Conventions to inform new work and how to create a sequence of related artworks. At the completion of these, students have a variety of options to assist with the regeneration of new work which will be submitted on their external portfolio. Freedom of choice and encouragement to follow own strengths is desirable at this point.

At all times students are exposed to new ideas, new ways of doing things and encouraged to take risks and try something new. Authentic Learning is at the heart of all we do.

Subject Overview

Term 1
Theme / subject matter is chosen. The first internal uses drawing methods to apply understanding of artistic conventions. Artist models are used to present options and students choose from a selection.

Term 2
The second internal develops on from the first to create a sequence of connected work. Works from both internals are selected to start off panel 1 of the portfolio with scope to develop, re-generate and synthesise further.

Term 3
Continue to develop, re-generate and synthesise new work to complete panel 2 of the folio.

Term 4
Reflect on, refine and replace any folio work before the hand-in end of week 2 term 4.

Learning Areas:

The Creative Arts - Visual Art

Assessment Information

Students sit two internals and one external standard. All work is practical and hands-on. The external standard is a two panel portfolio of art work submitted to NZQA by the due date early in Term 4.


Level 3 Visual Art

Level 1 is usually recommended as entry into Visual Arts but this is not a prerequisite. Sometimes keen Art students who don't take Art at Level 1 choose to come back in at Level 2 and this decision is made after discussion with the HOLA

Career Pathways

Game Developer, Hairdresser/Barber, Photographer, Private Teacher/Tutor, Mining Engineer, Holiday Park Manager, Accountant, Auditor, 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, Animator/Digital Artist, Diversional and Recreational Therapist, Artist, Auctioneer, Collision Repair Technician, Boat Builder, Tattoo Artist, Fashion Designer, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Painter and Decorator, Conservator, Jeweller, Make-up Artist, Curator, Graphic Pre-press Worker, Visual Merchandiser, Early Childhood Teacher, Exhibition and Collections Technician, Florist

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Students are required to purchase a set of 10 acrylic paints and a set of brushes. If these were purchased last year and are still viable then they can be replaced as needed.
The portfolio of practical art work (external exam equivalent) has a charge of $25.00 as this is the take home component. This cost covers the portfolio card, folio tape and double sided tape for sticking down work.


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.