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The strands in visual arts

Understanding the visual arts in context

Students identify the connections between the visual arts and the wider culture of Aotearoa and the world beyond.

They develop understandings about visual images and objects in a range of spiritual, physical, cultural, historical, and technological settings.

Through practical and theoretical studies, students examine the intentions, meanings, and significance of visual images and objects for individuals, communities, and societies.

Students identify and make connections to contexts in which objects and images are made, viewed, and valued. They investigate the ways in which art-making traditions are maintained, adapted, or transformed.

Students are critical thinkers as they research and learn how visual cultures shape and are shaped by the technologies, beliefs, needs, and values of individuals and communities.

Developing practical knowledge in the visual arts

Students engage in making objects and images that embody their ideas, feelings, and actions.

Students develop practical knowledge of visual art processes and procedures. They do this in a variety of two-dimensional, three-dimensional, time-based, and virtual media.

Students use a range of technologies, materials, tools, and techniques.

They use visual elements and principles to communicate ideas and feelings and to solve problems.

Students explore the relationships between elements and principles, and they use art-making conventions and techniques to organise, arrange, and present their ideas.

Through cycles of action and reflection, they take risks, challenge ideas, and invent new ways of thinking and making.

Developing ideas in the visual arts

Students develop ideas through research, observation, imagination, and action.

They discover ideas from a variety of sources in their inner and outer worlds.

They challenge, extend, and organise them visually in ways that connect with their local and global audiences.

They develop ideas in response to further research, experiences, feelings, self-critique, and critique from others.

Students use selected methods to explore and develop thematic and pictorial ideas in their practice.

They express these ideas through using a range of materials and approaches.

They reflect on, test, clarify, and regenerate ideas as they solve problems, individually and collaboratively, through making objects and images.

Communicating and interpreting in the visual arts

Students connect with their local and global worlds through responding to and making visual images and objects.

They learn how images and objects convey ideas and feelings.

They learn how images and objects can challenge ideas and provoke change.

They learn to be critical and creative viewers, makers, and presenters.

Students engage with visual texts in increasingly complex ways, as both consumers and makers.

They develop skills in describing, analysing, interpreting, and evaluating images and objects.

They use this learning to inform the making of works. They participate in critique of their own works and those of their peers.

Last updated November 24, 2011