Art is found everywhere and anywhere, we only need to look. The Visual Arts Department at St Michaels School for Girls aims to encourage learners to question current realities and to find beauty in the world we live in, which is often difficult.
Learners engage in art through thought; self-enquiry, empathy and discipline are required and therefore encouraged. Visual Arts provides a platform for the holistic development of learners. It promotes social skills necessary to enhance the awareness and respect of others.
We celebrate individuality and stimulate the development of the learner’s creative world and identity. The assignments that the learners are given, develop practical skills, visual literacy and observation.
The grade 10, 11 and 12 Visual Arts curriculum consists of firstly, Visual cultural studies, which teaches students how to interpret, critique and use visual information in order to be able to createsan informed opinion. Secondly, a Practical Assessment Task (PAT) which includes the conceptualization and creation of practical artworks.
Engaging in Visual Art stretches the minds of learners beyond the obvious and finds meaning in a space only creativity can offer.
Benefits of Visual Art
- Perception and observation: to find beauty in the everyday and having a keen eye for detail.
- Language Development: Use of descriptive words to discuss their own creations and discuss diverse artistic movements and styles.
- Decision Making: Learners that are encouraged to express themselves and take risks in creating art, develop a sense of innovation that will be important in their adult lives.
- Inventiveness: Learners that are encouraged to express themselves and take risks in creating art, develop a sense of innovation that will be important in their adult lives.
- Awareness: As we live in an increasingly diverse society, art makes learners more aware of their environment and thus form an informed opinion of the world they form a part of.