Visual Arts

Vision

Learning under the Visual Arts Curriculum offers students multiple chances to embrace their own individualism while forging new connections with the ideas and approaches of other creative thinkers. Visual Art students really appreciate the broad choices offered within courses, where they are supported to develop an individualised style and to come up with creative solutions to problems. Art students learn to have excellent self-management skills, which are transferable to other subject areas and they are given multiple opportunities to connect with the real world through exhibitions, collaborative projects and artist visits. By applying 21st Century skills such as creativity, problem solving and critical thinking during art projects, students discover new ways to communicate visual ideas, while also honing their practical skills in a range of media - both traditional and contemporary.

The Visual Arts Department has a website where specific course information can be accessed, along with links to resources, and information about previous or upcoming events.

https://sites.google.com/cloud.rangitoto.school.nz/rangitotovisualarts/home

 

Visual Arts Department

Gemma Morpeth

I chose Design because it excites me and I love being creative.  I think Design is important because it has the ability to really sell a product and gives you the opportunity to turn it into something interesting and attractive.

Gemma Morpeth
Year 
Year 12 - Design
Career Goal 
Graphic Designer / Brand Developer

Junior Visual Art

Junior Visual Art is an option subject, offered for one semester at Year 9 and a full year at Year 10. Students can then choose between the Visual Art or Digital Art pathways at Year 11, which feed into the senior subjects of Paint, Sculpture, Design and Photography.Students at this level are required to develop skills in the following areas, based on the NZ Curriculum:

  • Practical Knowledge
  • Developing Ideas
  • Understanding Context
  • Communicating and Interpreting

Students at Rangitoto College are also expected to work on developing their core values, which are connected to both the Key competencies and the school Values. Teachers and students work hard to build a collaborative and safe environment where students have every opportunity to succeed.

 

Senior Visual Art

At the Senior Level, Visual Arts students can take either Painting, Photography or Design, or any combination of these disciplines.  Students work with teachers to develop an independent programme where they can apply artist models to their own ideas in order to build a body of work in their chosen field that is interesting, original and informed.

Visual Art - Level 1 NCEA

From 2019, there will be two courses offered at Year 11, Level 1 Visual Art (VAR), and Level 1 Digital Art (DAR).  Both will explore art ideas, drawing techniques and artist models, and will offer the same standards and credits.  All Year 11 work will be presented on folio boards at the end of the year and parents and community will be invited to view the work.  The VAR course has more of a painting, drawing and printmaking focus, while the DAR course moves more quickly into Photography and Design.  Students wishing to keep their options open at senior level should consider taking the Visual Arts (VAR) Course, which can lead into any of the Senior Art disciplines.

Marietta Olschowy

I chose Visual Art because I enjoy being creative and creating pieces of art using my imagination. In Visual Art I am able to learn different techniques of drawing and painting, which clearly helps me in developing my final drawings and paintings.

Marietta Olschowy
Year 
Year 11 - Visual Art
Career Goal 
My goal is working as a movie director after school and I believe Visual Art will be a great help to me.

Design - Level 2 and 3 NCEA

Design in the Visual Arts focuses on graphic design: creating logos, magazine spreads and covers, posters and other brand concepts. Design combines art and life, finding creative and innovative ways to present ideas and capture audiences. Students are encouraged to push the boundaries of the media they use, bringing their own developing style to their design work. Students are required to develop ideas, and a brand over the year in consultation with the teacher and to formulate an individualised graphic style. Students must take inspiration from established artist models, ideas and techniques and will also study the nature of graphic design in the world. Design can ustilise a range of approaches including sketching, collage, photography, digital processes, found materials and installation work.

Students are encouraged to be innovative and will build on their knowledge of art techniques studied in Year 11. The course cost covers materials for the folio boards, and all paper and printing. Students will be expected to ideally have their own laptop running the Adobe Suite for use in this subject.

The prerequisite for Design at Level 2 is achievement in Level 1 Visual or Digital Art.
The prerequisite for Design at Level 3 is achievement (or higher) in all L2 Design standards, or HOD approval.

Veti Afu

I took Design to bring forth and challenge myself to show creativity through the art of combining text and pictures.  I would highly recommend Design to students wanting to go down this pathway in University and also for anyone wanting to start something new and fun.

Veti Afu
Year 
Year 12 - Design

Painting

Painting is about texture, observation, risk-taking, problem-solving and possibilities. It allows us to explore the formal qualities of colour, shape or space but can also push the boundaries of how we view and represent the world around us. Students are required to develop ideas, and themes over the year in consultation with the teacher and to formulate an individualised painting style. Students must take inspiration from established artist models, ideas and techniques and will also study the theory of art. Painting can utilise a range of approaches including drawing, collage, photography, digital processes, printing, found materials and installation work.

Students are encouraged to be innovative and will build on their knowledge of layering, drawing, printing and painting techniques studied in Year 11. The course cost covers materials for the folio boards, and all paper and mediums. Students will also be expected to purchase an art pack.

Level 2 Painting

The Level 2 course will combine standards from both Painting and Printmaking, and the external folio will be a combination of paint, print and drawing. This course will allow students to explore a breadth of hands-on media and materials, and work conceptually to a body of work around an individual theme. Students will be encouraged to enter work in the school Art Competition in September.

The prerequisite for Painting in Level 2 is achievement in Level 1 Visual Art.
The prerequisite for Painting at Level 3 is achievement (or higher) in all L2 Painting standards, or HOD approval.

Melody Gan

Year 12 Painting has helped me develop my skills and express myself on paper.  It is a useful subject that will prepare you for art school.

Melody Gan
Year 
Year 12 - Painting
Career Goal 
When I graduate I want to pursue a career in Psychology.

Photography - Level 2 and 3 NCEA

Photography is about ideas, composition and using photographic technologies to see the world in new ways. It allows us to explore space, people and whole new worlds through digital technology and image editing. Students are encouraged to push the boundaries of how we view and represent the world around us. Students are required to develop ideas and themes over the year in consultation with the teacher and to formulate an individualised photographic style. Students must take inspiration from established artist models, ideas and techniques and will also study the theory of art. Photography can utilise a range of approaches including sketching, collage, digital processes, darkroom practice, found materials and installation work.

Students are encouraged to be innovative and will build on their knowledge of art techniques studied in Year 11. The course cost covers materials for the folio boards, and all paper and printing. Students will be expected to use their own digital SLR camera.

The prerequisite for Photography at Level 2 is achievement in Level 1 Visual or Digital Art.
The prerequisite for Photography at Level 3 is achievement (or higher) in all L2 Photography standards, or HOD approval.
To take 2 Art subjects at L2 or L3 the student must have discussed this with their teacher and received HOD approval.

Katie Poynter
Head of Department 
Katie Poynter
Qualifications 

Bachelor of Design from Unitec
Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary)

Experience 
I graduated from Unitec in 2004 with a Bachelor of Design and then worked and lived in Melbourne for four years before training as a teacher at the University of Auckland. I am a mother of two girls and also have two stepdaughters. I believe that creating a safe but challenging environment, where students are respected as individuals is the key to a successful education. I am passionate about Art education and consider myself extremely lucky to be working alongside other hardworking, caring teachers every day. Our shared goal is to help young people to be as inspired as we are by Art, critical thinking and creative expression.
Personal Statement 
Kia mau ki nga mahi toi (hold steadfast to creativity). Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia o tatou maihi (let the uniqueness of the child guide our work)