Palmerston North Girls' High School offers a broad selection of Visual Arts courses to enrich the students learning and offer varied opportunities to excel.
In Year 9 and 10 two art options are offered, Visual Arts and Visual Imaging, the former focuses on painting, drawing and printmaking, the later on design, photography and digital art processes.
The year 10 art programs explore a varity of media and looks at a range of art movements. Students can anticipate a rapid and noticable increase in their creative abilities as they extend themselves and their knowledge of art.
Year 11 is a full year concentrated program that will ensure they can acheve highly at NCEA Level 1. A range of media are taught that cover both traditional and digital media.
There are two Year 12 programs to choose from, Painting & Printmaking and Photography & Design. Both push students to achive highly and introduce new models, skills and ideas.
In Year 13, students can select Painting, Design, Sculpture, Printmaking or Photography. This is a demanding year for the art students who must produce a substantial body of work throughout the year.
A large number of students select two art subjects, but only the most capable should ever consider attempting 3 art subjects due to the the very high work loads involved.
The art department also offers Art History as a separate subject in years 12 and 13. This is a popular course for students who want to expand the boundries of their knowledge of art.