Nga Tawa has a vibrant Visual Art and Art History Department. We believe that visual art is a powerful form of expression that recognises, values and contributes to the unique bicultural and multicultural character of Aotearoa New Zealand enriching the lives of all people.
Our students enjoy and appreciate the advantage of learning in our beautiful and excellently equipped facilities in McCall Art Centre. These include a general art classroom with full printmaking facilities, a purpose design and photography classroom with computers and excellent software, a photographic lighting studio, two darkrooms, an art history classroom and a professional art gallery.
Our Art Centre is a community of learners:
- where young artists discover a visual voice and the means to express it
- where students gravitate to become intrinsically involved in visual creativity and discussion
- which ‘buzzes’ and ‘hums’ from student industry and production
- where students feel ownership and a sense of belonging
- where students actively ‘feed’ off each other through mentoring, working alongside and peer tutoring
- where students have opportunity to develop leadership skills and serve the Visual Art learning community
- where student learning and achievement are celebrated
- where students, staff and parents visit to experience the vitality and view new dynamic art works
- from which students leave well qualified to pursue Visual Art and Art History at tertiary level