NCEA Level 1 Visual Arts Paint and Print

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms M. Malcolm

Recommended Prior Learning

It is preferred that students have done year 9 and/or year 10 art, but this is not absolutely necessary. Students without any art experience, are admitted in consultation with Mrs Malcolm (teacher in charge)

This is a university endorsed subject that is designed for those interested in exploring their creative potential through drawing, painting, printmaking and digital design.  New skills and techniques will be learned and applied to a range of tasks, while investigating your own subject matter and themes. We start out with dry and wet media artworks, and then learn to develop our ideas using Photoshop. Students will be encouraged to develop their own unique style and personality through their work, and to develop confidence in their creative problem solving abilities. Students can investigate Maori Art as a theme if they wish.

This class is ideally suited for those considering work in the Creative Industries, such as Fine Arts, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, tattoo art, Interior Design, and Photography/Film industries. You will learn:

  • Drawing and Painting realistically from observation
  • Relief printmaking
  • How to use Photoshop, with a little photographic technique also. 
  • How to develop original art using artists as inspiration

Please note: Students can only choose ONE Visual Art subject at Level 1(choose from Mixed media and Photography OR Sculpture OR Paint and Print)

Subject Overview

Term 1
Fun drawing activities

Paint techniques including blending, splattering, washes, dripping and spraying (outside where possible)

Observational drawing

Term 2

Realistic painting and drawing for internal assessment

Term 3
Folio preparation

Term 4
Folio finishing and submission




NCEA Level 2 Art Painting, NCEA Level 2 Design

This subject is a gateway to all level 2 art subjects.

Career Pathways

Animator/Digital Artist, Artist, Tattoo Artist, Graphic Designer

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

It is strongly recommended that students purchase a pack of art materials .
If students already have appropriate art supplies they can often use these instead.

Pathway Tags

Architect, Photojournalist, Graphic designer, Creative Director, Print Production Artist, Art Director, Web Designer, Desktop Publisher, Web Programmer, Web Developer, Marketing Designer, Marketing Director, Illustrator, Communications Manager, Visual Artist, Film Producer, Video Maker, Teacher, Actor, Director, Musician, Professional Dancer, Artist, Creative designer, Entrepreneur, Film Industry, Sound Engineer, Professional Musician, Composer, Art - Painting, Photography, Design, Sound Engineering, Conductor, Theatre Technician, Lighting Technician, Acting, Directing, Events Management, Māori Performing Arts, Tourist Operator, Professional Performer, Tutor, actor, musician, singer, dancer, film maker, photographer, technician, writer, composer, editor, stylist, curator, exhibition manager, designer, graphic, animation, CGI, computer gaming, architecture, costume, stage and set, lighting and sound, advertising and branding, industrial, interior, fashion, sound, lighting, advertising art director, comic book creator, graphic artist, primary teacher, advertising commercial director, comic strip artist, graphic designer, print maker, advertising copy writer, computer graphics designer, greeting card designer, properties artist, advertising creative

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