Visual Arts

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-dimensional and three-dimensional artworks, objects and environments which
reflect the aesthetic, conceptual and expressive concerns of individuals or groups.

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Learners acquire the capacity to make practical and aesthetic decisions in the development of a coherent body of work.

The subject Visual Arts is about self-expression and offers learners a way to engage meaningfully with, and respond to, their world. It provides opportunities to stimulate and develop learners’ intellect, engaging their creative imagination through visual and tactile experiences and the innovative use of materials and technology in realising their ideas.

It also encourages learners to develop an individual visual language and literacy, which is informed and shaped by the study of visual culture, past and present.

Grade 10-12 Visual Arts learners aim to:

  • explore, develop and realise creative ideas in response to both externally set and self-generated projects, drawing on own experience and own knowledge of visual culture in the past and present;
  • explore and manipulate materials, techniques, processes and technology in the making of imaginative and innovative artworks of personal expression;
  • explore materials, processes and techniques in an efficient, economical, safe and responsible way;
  • manage own working process;
  • observe, assess and analyse art forms, processes and products;
  • communicate effectively using visual, oral and written language skills;
  • critically appraise own work and that of others;
  • develop entrepreneurial skills and professional practice within art to explore a variety of career options;
  • be exposed to the diversity of visual arts traditions in international and Southern African contexts and use it as a resource;
  • appreciate the critical role visual arts plays in the enrichment of the visual environment of the school and community;
  • understand the links between visual arts and the creative industries, such as design and advertising; and
  • understand the social and historical role of visual arts in transforming societies.

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