WHAT IS VISUAL ARTS?
Visual Arts is not about drawing. It Is about images, paints, people, civilizations, charcoal, places, paper, water, characters, inks, and it’s about your own journal. We have fun in the art classroom. Learners play with colours, they learn about sculpture, they glue and stick, they look at art through the ages, they study images and learn about artists and their characters. Visual Arts has two parts. Learners study art through the ages from Pre-historic art to the modern day and they do practical work. Each term learners will keep their own journal and they create a piece of art as part of a practical project. In a fun atmosphere, learners learn to create their own masterpieces.
In visual arts, you'll learn about various artistic techniques, styles, and mediums. You'll study elements like line, shape, form, colour, texture, and space, along with principles of design such as balance, contrast, unity, and rhythm. Additionally, you'll explore art history, gain an understanding of different artistic movements, and develop your ability to interpret and critique artworks. Practical skills like drawing, painting, sculpture, digital art, and more will be honed as you express your creativity and develop your own artistic voice.
In a traditional visual art curriculum, students can expect to learn a wide range of skills and concepts, including:
- Drawing and Sketching: Developing skills in observational drawing, using various media such as pencils, charcoal, and ink.
- Painting: Learning different painting techniques, including oil, acrylic and watercolour.
- Sculpture: Creating three-dimensional art forms using materials like clay, wood, metal, or mixed media.
- Colour Theory: Understanding the principles of colour mixing, harmony, contrast, and how colours affect mood and perception.
- Art History: Studying the history of art, famous artists, and significant art movements, gaining a broader perspective on the evolution of art.
- Critique and Analysis: Developing the ability to analyse and critique artwork, both one's own and that of others, to gain a deeper understanding of artistic choices.
- Portfolio Development: Creating a body of work that showcases one's artistic growth and skills, often for future academic or professional pursuits.
The specific curriculum may vary depending on the level of education, the institution, and the individual artist's interests and goals. Visual art is a broad and diverse field, allowing students to explore and specialize in various areas of artistic expression.
WHAT IS DESIGN?
Look around you. Almost everything you use in your daily life has been designed. Learn to be a designer of whatever takes your fancy - fashion, bags, CD covers, skateboards, jeweler, furniture – the choices are endless. The study of Design consists of two parts: The history of Design and the practical side. Each term learners will keep your very own journal and they will design and create their very own design masterpiece. Learners will study the history of Design through the ages and be guided step by step through the practical design process.
Learners will work in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. For those of you who want to be Designers in the future this is the place to start.
Both Visual arts and Design are offered as a matric subject. We follow the Caps Curriculum as prescribed by the education department of the Western Cape.