Riccarton High School Riccarton High School

Level 2 Visual Art Photography

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms A. Blackwell.

Recommended Prior Learning

1ART, MAD elective, 

Any previous DSLR camera experience. 

Students are introduced to photographic practice within a visual art context. Students will learn how to use the manual (DSLR) camera. They will also learn to use a range of digital and analogue photographic processes. Students will learn about the history of photography, established photography practice and photographers' work. Students will use this knowledge to inform the creation of their own photographic work to explore and visually communicate ideas. Students will look at range of established photography genres, conventions and approaches by New Zealand and International photographers. Students will chose a topic of interest and explore a range of ideas driven by this concept. 

Students will create and produce a body of work in the form of an external folio submission at the end of the year. Students will learn how to organise their time well, how to manage their digital workflow and they will learn how use the following Adobe computer software programs: Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop and InDesign.
Students will work in consultation with their teacher to devise a personalised learning and assessment programme, which will compromise of up to a maximum total of 20 credits. 

Students document their ako/learning - in an A3 workbook provided. 

Fiona Pardington                                                              Vicky Thomas                      Jerry Takigawa                Amy Elkins

Image credits

Fiona Pardington - is a NZ photographer of Māori (Ngāi Tahu, Kati Mamoe and Ngāti Kahungunu) and Scottish (Clan Cameron of Erracht) descent.
"My Mother's Roses, Pomegranates and Silver Platter of Ihumoana", Ripiro Beach 2013 courtesy of the artist and Starkwhite, Auckland

Vicky Thomas - is a NZ Photographer. She is of Ngati Kahu and Ngati Pakeha (Irish and Welsh) descent. 

Jerry Takigawa - Jerry is a Japanese Artist who lives in California. 

Amy Elkins - is an American Photographer. 

Subject Overview

Term 1
Building whanaungatanga - Getting to know each other.

Intro to Photography through the action of light by learning about and using analogue Photography processes - (Pinhole, cyanotypes and photograms.)
Flipped DSLR Camera Technical unit. Technical photoshoot explorations.

Folio concepts are started to be chosen.
Still life and Photography conventions explored through students own choice of concepts/ideas.

Term 2
Folio concepts are becoming more established.
Still life and Photography conventions are further explored through students own choice of concepts/ideas.
1 Day Yoobee Adobe Adobe Photoshop course. (Star Funded - Free to attend)

Term 3
Creating External Folio (continues.)
students learn how to use Adobe Indesign - and layout editted photographic work.

Term 4
Complete our External folio work - this is due at the end of October. (Usually Term 2 - Week 2.)

Learning Areas:

Ngā Toi - Arts


Level 3 Visual Art Photography

Career Pathways

Animator/Digital Artist, Actor, Advertising Specialist, Software Developer, Chemist, Architect, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Historian, Artist, Artistic Director, Film and Video Editor, Tailor/Dressmaker, Tattoo Artist, Print Finisher, Film/Television Camera Operator, Textile Process Operator, Dental Technician, Fashion Designer, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Painter and Decorator, Industrial Designer, Conservator, Jeweller, Make-up Artist, Curator, Graphic Pre-press Worker, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Visual Merchandiser, Forensic Scientist, Early Childhood Teacher, Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Exhibition and Collections Technician, Media Producer, Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Florist, Lighting Technician, Game Developer, Landscape Architect, Model, Nanny/Child Carer, Photographer, Tertiary Lecturer, Printer, Private Teacher/Tutor, Signmaker, Television Presenter

Approximate Costs and Equipment/Stationery

Cost $30 for specialised equipment and stationery pack. This pack will be issued in class. It is a take-home cost.
It is advantageous for students to have their
own DSLR camera but this is not an entry
requirement. The department has a class set of DSLR cameras
available for students to use to
create all their coursework in and out of class time.