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.

Year 12 Photography

This term, the year 12 boys have been doing photography.

Posted: Thursday May 16, 2019

The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know. - Elliot Eisner

Its UNESCO International Arts Education Week, so lets take some time to celebrate arts education at John McGlashan College.

Posted: Wednesday May 8, 2019

Cultural Blues 2018

Cultural Blues were awarded several weeks ago for excellence in achievement and service across a wide range of cultural and artistic disciplines, including both the performing and visual arts. This year has been a particularly successful one for the college, with twelve recipients.

Posted: Wednesday November 7, 2018

ENTRY McGlashan bronze sculpture unveiling

On Friday, August 31 we unveiled the bronze sculpture in front of the chapel. This was the culmination of a year's work which had begun even earlier when Neil Garry and I had discussed the idea of producing something like this as a gift to the college community on behalf of the old collegians for the school centenary.

Posted: Thursday September 13, 2018