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Art Education learning objectives

 Art is fundamental to the experiences of all pupils as they use artistic ways to communicate their emotions, ideas and individuality while responding to their environment, both physical and aesthetic. It provides an outlet for emotions and skills that is differentiated from other forms of expression such as writing and drama. For some people, Art may be one of the few ways in which they can express their real feelings and therefore it is an important aspect of education in its own right. As Art has been a primary means for transmitting, identifying and preserving culture, it follows that all people should have access to it as a means of accessing and identifying with their own and other's cultures.


Art Education will provide children with a dynamic and purposeful art programme, which provides for the development of skills and activities by:

Developing Practical Knowledge in the Visual Arts

Teaching children the necessary skills for handling materials and tools in the making of artworks through practical activities based on experience and teacher motivation.

  • To develop a technical knowledge about procedures and processes.
  • To develop an understanding of the properties and characters of materials.
  • To develop a knowledge of the use, effects and care of tools and equipment.
  • To continue to develop and refine skills as each topic is revisited.

Developing Ideas in the Visual Arts

Encouraging self-expression and creativity in a visual form by using and applying the imagination.

  • To develop the desire to represent or symbolise cultural values or beliefs.
  • To develop the need to express personal identity, feelings, ideas, emotions, experiences or attitudes.
  • To develop the desire to retell, explore and describe events, places and objects, real or imagined, in visual form.
  • To select, clarify and develop ideas related to the given task.
  • To evaluate and review works in progress and recognize alternatives and solutions.

Communicating and interpreting the Visual Arts

Talking about creating and recreating art in order to develop the pupils' awareness of knowing about Art, allowing them to make informed decisions about their own work, the works of their peers and the wider community.

  • To discuss the work itself as a physical object
  • To describe the effect the work has on the spectator
  • To discuss the children's own art work in terms of feelings and reactions

Understanding the Visual Arts in Context

Developing the children's awareness of how society influences Art by examining the origin and influence of artworks (e.g. Historical and Contemporary Movements, Cultural Art).

  • To learn or speculate about the circumstances behind an artwork.
  • To recognize that different people and cultures respond to and value artworks in a variety of ways.
  • To know about New Zealand art and artists and the importance of Art in a culture.
  • To know about traditional and modern artists, and art movements throughout the world.


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