The Arts Learning Area at Senior level encompasses Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts. In the Junior School, Year 10 students have the option of studying Integrated Arts (Dance & Visual Arts), Music and Photography and Design. Year 9 students are offered "six-week tasters" in all four of these subjects during their year. The Arts provide students with a balanced programme and a wide variety of highly-desirable transferrable skills. Courses should be available in Term 3.
We have a multi-talented student body and each year, Kaitaia College holds a Performing Arts evening to showcase these talents to the School and Wider Community. The Arts at Kaitaia College are supported by the student leadership team - Te Hā ō te Mauri. We have an annual Talent Quest (in Term 2), where the heats are run for one week during lunchtimes and the finals usually held the following week on the Friday night. Both the Performing Arts Evening and Talent Quest finals are open to the public for a small koha. The Drama and Music Departments also hold various showcase evenings throughout the year.
Our Head of Learning Area - Arts is Mrs Lisa Chuck.
Kaitaia College website - Arts
Through engaging in the visual arts, students learn how to discern, participate in, and celebrate their own and others’ visual worlds. Visual arts learning begins with children’s curiosity and delight in their senses and stories and extends to communication of complex ideas and concepts. An understanding of Māori visual culture is achieved through exploration of Māori contexts. The arts of European, Pasifika, Asian, and other cultures add significant dimensions to New Zealand visual culture. The visual arts develop students’ conceptual thinking within a range of practices across drawing, sculpture, design, painting, printmaking, photography, and moving image. Art history may include a study of theories of the arts, architecture, and design. Theoretical investigations also inform practical enquiry. Opportunities to explore and communicate in the visual arts continue to expand as technologies and multi-disciplinary practices evolve.
Dance is expressive movement that has intent, purpose, and form. In dance education, students integrate thinking, moving, and feeling. They explore and use dance elements, vocabularies, processes, and technologies to express personal, group, and cultural identities, to convey and interpret artistic ideas, and to strengthen social interaction. Students develop literacy in dance as they learn about, and develop skills in, performing, choreographing, and responding to a variety of genres from a range of historical and contemporary contexts.
Drama is the performance, production and technical skills of theatre. It encourages creative thinking, provides a positive outlet, promotes performing, boosts self-esteem, helps develop communication, fosters friends, and so much more. Students work in a co-operative manner to devise (write), direct, analyse, and reflect on a range of perforamnces. They will be involved in all aspects of public performances appropriate to their year level.
Music studies at school are not just for students who wish to follow a career path in Music. Skills and key competencies learnt in this discipline are transferable to a wide range of careers. Research has shown that students who take Music develop more self-confidence, are conditioned to work hard for results, are more creative, are better at problem-solving and analysing patterns (Maths), can work better in a group, and connect with others better. Credits in Level 3 Music carry just as much weight for University Entrance as any other subject and are valued by many other disciplines. Students cover solo performance, group performance, composition, sound technology and music theory. They continue to receive one hour of free instrumental tuition every week. They are encouraged to perform at the A&P Show, Soirees, Talent Quest, Rockquest, Pacifica Beats and much more.
PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN:
Photography and Design explores typography (styles of lettering), logos, photography and design techniques using Photoshop to bring these ideas together in practice. Students create logos, book covers, posters, magazine spreads, website pages and promotional materials (letterheads, business cards, tickets), which are relevant in creative industries and business/ marketing.