Visual Arts

Welcome to the Visual Art Department at Mairehau High School. “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” ― Pablo Picasso


We believe that every student has the potential to be a great artist; Art Education affirms and celebrates unique artistic expressions of self, community, and culture. It is important that every Mairehau High School student has a sense of self and personal identity and the Art room is the perfect place to develop these skills.


The Visual Arts develop students’ conceptual thinking. Learning in, through, and about the Visual Arts stimulates creative action and response by engaging and connecting thinking, imagination, senses, and feelings.


Te toi whakairo, ka ihiihi, ka wehiwehi, ka aweawe te ao katoa.

Artistic excellence makes the world sit up in wonder.

Practical Art Classes

Year 9 - Option class for one term - introduction to drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, Maori and Pasifika Art. art5

Year 10 – Option class for one year - Developing skills in a range of drawing techniques, working in a range of media; pencil, pastel, ink through to painting and construction. Students can gain 8 Credits towards their NCEA Level 1 Certificate. art6


Year 11- Level 1 NCEA Students will record information from subject matter to demonstrate drawing and compositional conventions showing control of wet and dry media. Students present a Folio of work for the external. 18 NCEA credits are offered in this course.



Year 12 – Level 2 NCEA Students will generate ideas using digital photographic processes. They will use computer programmes such as Photoshop to assist them in developing an idea. Students present a folio for the external. 22 NCEA credits are offered in this subject.


Year 13 – Level 3 NCEA. Students will generate, develop and extend a series of works based on an individual programme. They will complete a folio for the external exam which is worth 14 credits. Students have the opportunity to explore digital photography and use Photoshop programmes to create images. 22 NCEA credits are offered in this course



To gain a subject endorsement in the Senior Visual Arts courses, a student must gain at least 14 credits at either Merit or Excellence. Many students achieve this annually; testament to the high calibre of artwork produced at MHS.

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