Junior Preparatory |
Visual Art teaches students to communicate through visual media. It instils critical thinking and problem solving, while focusing on the individual’s opinion and development within the subject. We study Art history as basis for theoretical interpretation and conceptual development, while students are encouraged to find their own voice within the practical art making process.
Visual Art consists of a variety of theoretical and practical tasks designed to best suit the needs of the student and their future endeavours beyond the scope of their formal assessments.
The modern approach to Visual Arts is all inclusive allowing students to practise and learn traditional artistic practises like painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpting, as well as expressing their ability through other means like digital design and animation.
The ability to translate two-dimensional to three-dimensional and vice versa remains a sought-after skill for medical students, engineers and architects alike. Also, the conceptual development and lateral thinking styles taught in Visual Arts give students the ability to approach issues from a variety of perspectives. We encourage students to be individuals, and express themselves through their theory and practical work.
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Art and Architecture from Pre-Historic times up to and including Rococo in Europe from approximately 1600 to 1700.
Manifestation of Societal Systems:· Comparative Studies of different Belief Systems:
Aesthetics: the Study of the Notion of Beauty· The Ideal versus the Real
Determining artistic value in aesthetically unappealing works
Materials and Mediums
1. Pre Historic Art
2. Egyptian Art and Architecture
3. Greek Art and Architecture (COMPULSORY)
4. Roman Art and Architecture
5. Middle Ages (c 400/500 – c 1500 AD/from the fall of Roman Empire 5th Century to the fall of Constantinople in 1453). Early Christian art, Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic art and architecture
6. Proto Renaissance in Italy
7. Early Renaissance in Italy and the rest of Europe (COMPULSORY)
8. High Renaissance in Italy and the rest of Europe (COMPULSORY)
9. Mannerism in Italy and Spain
10. Baroque in Italy, France, Spain, Holland, England (COMPULSORY)
Western Art and Architecture from Romanticism to German Expressionism, Fauvism and Cubism
Manifestation of Societal Systems cont.
– Representation versus observation
– Sexuality and Sensuality
– The Nude
Changes in Appearance
– The World becomes smaller
– Cultural boundaries broken down
– Asserting the picture plane/ moving away from creating illusion
Select 7 of the 11 art movements/eras below for study. There are 4 compulsory movements and a further 3 are electives which individual educators are free to select. BRIEF exposure to the remaining movements is recommended if time permits.
Awareness of Psychology and behaviour (Internal and External Influences)
Continued Influence of Technology
New Media (computer-aided art, videos, audio- and other technological tools)
Meaning through medium
Social, Political/Historical, Economic aspects
Gender Issues: Femininity and Masculinity; Feminism and art
Art as Idea
Concept vs. product/structure
Additional themes for South African Section:
Manifestation and Exploration of an African Identity
Identity in Democratic South Africa (Issues of language, ethnicity, urbanisation)
SECTION A: There are 5 compulsory movements and 2 electives making a total of 7 to be studied.
From Dada UP TO BUT EXCLUDING Conceptual Art of c. 1970s.
Excluding Cubism, Fauvism, German Expressionism, De Stijl, Futurism and South African Art:
Select any 2 of own choice from:
Conceptual Art of c. 1970s up to and including current non-traditional International Art (COMPULSORY)
A minimum of 12 artists to be studied: at least 6 from each of the two eras of South African Art.
– From 1900 up to and including Polly Street and Rorkes Drift but excluding Resistance Art.
– South African Art and Architecture from Resistance Art to the present.
The Visual Arts Department runs an extra-curricular program that lends support to all SBC students. We focus on group or individual practical and theory activities. We visit numerous exhibitions and galleries in the greater Johannesburg area to expose students to historical and current trends within the art discourse.
Participation in competitions, extra-mural exhibitions and charity events are encouraged as part of the program. If a student is interested in a specific artistic field we go out of our way to assist and arrange extra-mural contact time with professionals within the particular field.
Our future endeavours include a fully functional digital library of student work, an art tour abroad and a nationally recognised art exhibition with student entries from around South Africa.
Art notes are provided to best suit the needs of students and to accommodate changes in the curriculum.
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