Visual and Design theory, with teacher Sophia Shuttleworth.
Visual and Design theory does not only give learners a wide historical background to the world we live in; from prehistoric to contemporary life. It allows learners to develop critical thinking by learning to place styles and trends within a social and historical context and to question their relevance such as: “Why did a distinctive style or trend develop in a particular time period or geographical location?”
Visual literacy is an important 21st century skill, as more and more of every sphere of contemporary life, is visually based. Art is all around us, no matter where you look, you will find images, advertising, symbols, artworks, crafts, architecture, selfies, film and so much more. All of it contains personal, political, sociological and religious factors as a basis of its creation. When analysing an artwork, I do believe that it is an exciting exploration to untangle them by seeing how they connect to other pieces of art, or historical periods.
Visual as a subject at NLA, with teacher Merryl Knapp.
During the visual lessons the students from grade 6 to 12 are encouraged to experiment with as many mediums as possible so that they can then freely express themselves in whichever medium or technique – be it sculpture, drawing, painting or photography suits their creative individuality.
The different mediums we experiment with range from pencil, charcoal, acrylic paints, oil paints or collage and photography.
We do at times, go on visual outings, to the local galleries or the Ziets Mocca in Cape Town to expand their knowledge and inspire them.
Design as a subject at NLA, with teacher Mandy Luyt.
Design is a practical and theoretical subject here at NLA. We focus on building the students conceptual thinking skills by pushing them to think out-of-the-box and to create work through many different platforms such as illustration, digital design and craftsmanship. What is exciting is that design is now recognised as a university subject, we encourage those creative students to see this discipline as a possible career option. We prepare and teach our students how to deal with deadlines, creative planning and how to execute their ideas. NLA creates a reassuring environment for these young designers to explore and experiment within the subject, which will allow them to discover what type of designer they truly are.
Animation, with teacher Armand de Villiers.
Animation is a practical subject taught from Gr.6 up until Gr.9. There are no exams or tests for this subject, thus Animation is purely there to expose the students to a new platform of creation in storytelling within the Digital Era. It also gives those – who are interested in studying it at university – a headstart on the basic skills needed to pursue such a career. Such skills include: The principles of animation, such as weight, movement, stretch and squash and easing in and easing out – all the things you need to create the simple animations seen on TV.