The art department at Trident high school offers a wide range
of programmes and options. These include Art, design, painting
The skills that students learn in the art department help them to become independent learners and thinkers. Not only do they learn practical and technical art skills they also learn art history and theory, creative and critical thinking and visual literacy. Students in senior classes all work on personalised programmes, many with the support of mentor artists in the community.
Year 9 art is optional and runs for 2 terms. The program is an introductory to drawing and painting and the students also learn sculpture, printmaking and art history. This course also incorporates an element of basic philosophy to extend and broaden students creative thinking skills. Year 9 art is based on practical and theoretical knowledge which is essential for any student wishing to continue their study of art.
Year 10 art again is optional and can either be selected as a full year or a half year course. The focus for this year is New Zealand art. There is a strong emphasis on drawing and painting skills during year 10 as it is essentially a foundation year leading into NCEA. They will also learn practical skills in design, printmaking and sculpture. New Zealand art history is also an important aspect in this year as the students begin to develop an understanding of theoretical and conceptual concerns that inspire New Zealand artists.