Visual Arts

Creativity takes courage.

Henri Matisse

Visual Arts Details

Visual Arts develops creativity and thinking skills, useful skills in the modern world, which requires creativity to help develop solutions to problems. Studying Visual Arts and acquiring visual literacy prepares our boys to pursue a variety of careers, including architecture, advertising, interiors, fashion, graphic design, gallery management and curatorship.

Visual Arts provides a balance in the curriculum, as both sides of the brain are developed. In the practical side of Visual Arts, we encourage self-expression. The boys develop both technical and conceptual thinking skills. Visual Culture Studies is the theoretical component of the subject, which connects with our cultural past. We study prehistoric art through to the Renaissance, contemporary and African art. This gives the boys a wide knowledge of visual culture and the debates surrounding it.

A Word from the Head of Visual Arts

Mrs Mandy Colman

Visual Arts covers a broad field of creative practice that involves the hand, the eye, the intellect and the imagination in conceptualising and creating two and three-dimensional artworks, objects and environments which reflect the aesthetic, conceptual and expressive concerns of individuals or groups.

The subject is about self-expression and offers learners a way to engage meaningfully with, and respond to, their world. Art enhances many other fields such as Science, Information Technology and Mathematics. The internet has created an explosion of opportunities for digital designers and multi-media artists. Students are encouraged to explore traditional and contemporary media such as Instagram, Photoshop video, installation work and incorporate this into their projects. Fine artists can reach a worldwide market at the click of a button by posting works online – creating their own website or joining existing websites.

There are many reasons why making the choice to study Visual Art as a matric subject is a wise one. Art is a subject that challenges and extends learners on many levels. Students will be encouraged to be individual, independent thinkers and problem solvers, to think both logically and laterally.