"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep".
Scott Adams

                                        Visual Arts


Visual Arts is structured around the following four interrelated strands: 

·      Understanding the Arts in context

·      Developing Practical Knowledge

·      Developing Ideas

·      Communicating and Interpreting

Each strand has its own achievement objective specific to the level. Year 7 students work at the beginning of level 4, and Year 8 students at level 4 of the New Zealand Curriculum.


The Visual Arts programme is designed to introduce students to a variety of artworks by Māori, Pakeha, Pacific Island and established International Art practitioners. Students have the opportunity to share their responses to the works they view thus generating multiple meanings. Inspired by the ideas of established artists and ‘how they do it’, students will learn to use a range of equipment, materials, media, compositional devices and techniques to express and communicate their own ideas both 2 dimensionally and 3 dimensionally. Key Competencies underpin the structure of lessons.


Subject matter varies from term to term. Students are expected to be well organised and work hard to achieve finished work of their best standard. 

They will record their learning and evaluate their work. 

Assessment is based on selected Visual Art strands and includes practical and written work.


Throughout the term students engage with a combination of the following Art disciplines:  painting, printmaking and sculpture (3D clay work). Drawing and design are embedded in each of these disciplines.

Year 7 students from Ako 2,3,4,6,10 explored selected elements and principles of art while creating a pierced drawing. They used various sized pins and nails to create an image showing the use of point, line, shape and texture along with repetition, pattern and contrast. Value became evident when their work was photographed, as did the difference between actual texture and implied texture. Students also generated, and developed, an idea suitable for a small 3D animal sculpture to make with clay. While manipulating the clay they were to be mindful that the finished product was to look good from every angle. The results have been stunning!!

Hawera Intermediate School,

245 South Road Hawera, 4610

Ph: (06) 278 5030,   Fax: (06) 278 6661

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