L1 Visual Arts - Semester B

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: J. Mears

Level 1 Art - Aotearoa, our place, our land, our turangawaewae

Level 1 Visual Arts is a ‘mixed media’ Visual Arts course. It is a course for students who have enjoyed the Year 10 Drawing Project and want to continue to develop their skills and confidence with drawing, painting and expand into  printmaking.  In addition the course develops visual thinking and compositional skills. It leads on to three Level 2 specialist Visual Arts Courses: Painting, Design and Photography. 

In this semester students embark on the external portfolio boards (1.4) after successfully completing their two internal achievement standards. They will utilise the skills learned in semester A (drawing, painting, collage, montage and printmaking including dry point etching, stencilling and collagraph print methods) and will further expand their creative thinking skills to plan and complete their external portfolio boards based on the theme of 'Aotearoa, our place, our land, our turangawaewae'.

Level 1 Visual Arts leads on to three Level 2 specialist Visual Arts Courses: Painting, Design and Photography. If students are taking this course with a view to taking any of the Level 2 Visual Arts courses then it is recommended that they take both semesters.

Note: Semester A can be taken without talking Semester B (the external portfolio boards) - but Semester B cannot be taken without first completing Semester A. 


L2 Design - Semester A, L2 Painting - Semester A, L2 Photography - Semester A

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Basic art materials such as communal paint, inks, dyes, specialty papers and communal pencils and brushes will be available in the classroom. It is recommended that students have a take home kit that includes their own quality synthetic brushes. fine art student paint, a selection of drawing and design pencils and a quality visual diary.

A basic take home kit at wholesale prices would cost approximately $60-70. Students will be able to place an order at the start of the year to purchase the materials that they want for their personal practice or are free to supply their own.

Prior Learning & Prerequisites

It is recommended that students have completed and passed the Year 10 Art - Te whaakahua tatuhi pukapuka - the drawing project - to ensure that the students level of skill is at level 5 of the NZ Visual Arts Curriculum before entering this Level 1 NCEA course. Otherwise discretionary entry after consultation with the HoF of Arts with evidence of skill levels is essential.

Students must have taken Level 1 Art - Semester A to take this course.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement, however, you will need to select both Semester A and B.

This course is approved for University Entrance however, you will need to select both Semester A and B.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 90916 v3 Visual Arts 1.4 - Produce a body of work informed by established practice, which develops ideas, using a range of media
Total Credits

Total Credits Available: 12 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.


Selection of a course does not guarantee entry into the course. Courses may not run due to low numbers and timetable clashes may occur. In both of these situations, the student will be consulted about alternative courses during the Course Confirmation process.