In the Visual Art department we strive to create artists of the future. Encouraging pupilsâ€™ for whom art is their passion and will hopefully continue do art long past the few years at high school. It is our goal to encourage pupils to become skilled in a number of different mediums and to experiment and practise in their own time. Media from traditional pencil, acrylic and oil right through to digital art using Photoshop and similar programs are encouraged at Wynberg Boys â€˜High. While some mediums are not taught at school pupils are encouraged to investigate and experiment at home.
Visual Art is a time-consuming subject and anyone who takes it will tell you that you must be ready to put in many hours.
Maintaining a Visual diary is a compulsory and valuable aspect of this subject. It is a record of observations of what happens in the world around them and what inspires them. All of their preparation work will be done in this book as they plan for the final PAT (Practical assessment task) masterpiece for the term. The collection of these journals will be assessed at the end of the learnerâ€™s matric year and make up a part of their final mark for matric. This is a significant event in the school calendar. Professional artists and representatives of some of the Art and Design Universities of Cape Town attend this event and where they scout for talented young men showcasing their work.
Visual Culture Studies (Art theory) is also a vital part of the artistic curriculum as it is through their studying the artworks of other artists from Leonardo De Vinci, right up to contemporary practising South African artists such as Jane Alexander, (a lecturer at Michaelis – UCTâ€™s School of Fine Art) and the Essop twins Hasan and Husain that they learn how to find meaning in their own world and how to convey that meaning into the works that they create.
SBA (school based assessment PAT and theory) = 25%
Retrospective exhibition (a review of all work from the year) = 25 %
Written Examination (Visual Culture Studies) = 25%
Practical Examination = 25%