Visual Arts is an important subject as it develops creativity and thinking skills. Our economy depends on creativity by helping to find new solutions to problems.
Visual Arts provides a balance in the curriculum as both sides of the brain are developed. In the practical side of Visual Arts, we encourage self expression. The girls develop both technical and conceptual-thinking skills. Visual Culture Studies is the theoretical component of the subject which connects with our cultural past. We study Pre-Historic art through to the Renaissance, Contemporary and African art. This gives the girls a wide knowledge of visual culture and the debates surrounding it.
Studying Visual Arts and acquiring visual literacy prepares the girls to pursue a variety of careers. These include architecture, advertising, interiors, fashion, graphic design, gallery management and curatorship.We are proud of our Matric results. Over the past two years there have been four girls who have been placed in the top 1% of the IEB examination. St Mary’s girls have excelled in the Design-an-Ad competition. Overseas Art tours are arranged every two to three years to broaden the girls’ outlook on and knowledge of the Arts.