Welcome to the

Papakura High School

Art Department


Artwork by Brylee Rhind, L1 Visual Art

"Whiria te tangata ka puta he oranga, whiria nga nga mahi toi ka puta he tino rangatiratanga."

Weaving people promotes well-being, weaving the arts promotes excellence.

Art Staff:

Miss Kate Lobb, HOD + TIC Level 1,2,3 Visual Art, Yr 10 Visual Art and Art Design, Yr 9 Art lbb@papakurahigh.school.nz

Miss Lara Sexton, TIC Senior Photography and Design stn@papakurahigh.school.nz

Mr Raniera Lee, TIC Level 1,2,3, Yr 10 & Yr 9 Whakairo r.lee@papakurahigh.school.nz

Whakairo PHS
Links to Course Outlines 2019

The Visual Arts

Through engaging in the visual arts, students learn how to discern, participate in, and celebrate their own and others' visual worlds. Visual arts learning begins with children's curiosity and delight in their senses and stories and extends to communication of complex ideas and concepts. An understanding of Māori visual culture is achieved through exploration of Māori contexts. The arts of European, Pasifika, Asian, and other cultures add significant dimensions to New Zealand visual culture.

In visual arts education, students develop visual literacy and aesthetic awareness as they manipulate and transform visual, tactile, and spatial ideas to solve problems. They explore experiences, stories, abstract concepts, social issues, and needs, both individually and collaboratively. They experiment with materials, using processes and conventions to develop their visual inquiries and create both static and timed-based art works. They view art works, bringing their own experiences, sharing their responses, and generating multiple interpretations. Their meaning making is further informed by investigation of the contexts in which art works are created, used, and valued. As they develop their visual literacy, students are able to engage with a wider range of art experiences in increasingly complex and conscious ways.

The visual arts develop students' conceptual thinking within a range of practices across drawing, sculpture, design, painting, printmaking, photography, and moving image. Art history may include a study of theories of the arts, architecture, and design. Theoretical investigations also inform practical inquiry. Opportunities to explore and communicate in the visual arts continue to expand as technologies and multi-disciplinary practices evolve.