The Visual Arts programme of study aims to provide all students with an opportunity to express and develop their creative skills through a variety of media, techniques and processes over the two years they are at Taupo Intermediate. Students will be introduced to a variety of artworks by Māori, Pakeha, Pacific Island and international artists with both traditional and contemporary outlooks.
Inspired by the ideas and techniques of established artists, students will learn to use a range of equipment, materials, media, compositional devices and techniques to express and communicate their own ideas originally.
Learning artistic knowledge and skills is not the only focus. Students will learn to embrace challenges, persevere and learn from mistakes. As Kent Sidel said, “Art helps students develop key ‘habits in mind’ that include: higher order thinking, creativity, critical thinking and the ability to pose and solve problems, self-discipline and self-confidence. These skills are necessary for success in art and once learnt can translate to success in all areas of their lives.
Students who are particularly passionate about the Visual Arts will have the opportunity to pursue their ability through Art Club and other creative opportunities that arise e.g. scenery painting for the school production and local and national art competitions.