Visual Arts

The visual art department’s philosophy is that any person is able to draw with competence if they are willing to learn the processes involved.

Drawing underpins the variety of art making practices that the students at John McGlashan College experience and as with drawing, every practice is taught through systematic steps to achievement. 

Three dimensional drawing towards Sculpture is a strong part of the junior programmes as this is an age when students can begin to understand how to manipulate the illusion of three dimensional forms on a two dimensional surface.

As the students enter into year nine there is an equal emphasis on art history as on practical art, the two units of work run parallel with each other with one informing the other during the course.

From year level one into level three the practices of Sculpture, Painting and Design are taught, and as the students move towards their final year they begin to specialize in one or more for their level three external submission.

Most of our senior students who wish to pursue a career in visual arts attend the Massey University school of design in Wellington with the remainder attending Architecture at University in Wellington or Auckland and some enrolling in Fine Art Schools.

We have a proud and growing history of top graduates from the Massey University school of design, most of them tend to specialize in Industrial design and visual communication.

Recent graduates have established exciting careers as industrial designers, been selected for prestigious masters courses in international universities and also found themselves in New York after being head hunted for top management positions.

Term 3 Art Department

This term has seen a range of artworks being created in the art department.  

Posted: Wednesday September 14, 2016

"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see"

The boys have been busy this term in the art department.

Posted: Monday July 4, 2016

Visual Arts Blues Criteria

Interested in applying for a Blues in Visual Art this year?

Posted: Monday May 16, 2016

“Rugby Players”


“Rugby Players” is a sculpture by Hungarian sculptor Lazlo Racz and has been generously donated by the Innes family to John McGlashan College.

Posted: Sunday May 15, 2016