The Onslow College Art department is a welcoming, creative, and inspiring space where rangatahi are encouraged to pursue–or discover–their passion for the visual arts. Art is a powerful form of expression that enriches the lives of all New Zealanders. The arts have their own distinct languages that use both verbal and non-verbal conventions, mediated by selected processes and technologies.

Classroom Art

In year 9 students will explore the variety of ways to express themselves through drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpting and design. Exploration will allow the students to develop their skills and creative abilities. It is recommended that students start with Art in year 9 if they wish to continue with the subject throughout their years at Onslow.

In student's senior years at Onslow, the divisions of Art further split into specific topics. In year 11, rangatahi will build a cohesive body of work in a variety of mediums. Once students have reached Year 12, they can choose Art Photography. In their final year of study, topics offered are Design, Painting, Photography and Art History.

Space and Equipment

Onslow has three large art studios, including a specialised space for digital art and design. Cameras and drawing tablets are available for those undertaking Art Photography and Art Design

Arts in the Community

Young Writers

By Editorial Staff | 03/06/2022

Asylvia Redgrave and Elizabeth Nahu were Year 13 students at Onslow College. Both girls accomplished serious feats within the writing community in 2019. Within a week of each other, each celebrated making their own mark as young writers in New Zealand. Asylvia won the Katherine Mansfield short story award with The Log-Woman. Elizabeth came runner-up in […]

Johnsonville Mural

By Editorial Staff | 03/06/2022

The Johnsonville, Moorefield Mural was developed in 2014 by Sheyne Tuffery and Northern Suburb School Students. Community representatives produced a list of selected topics. Schools involved were then asked to choose their preferred topic from the given list. The chosen topics from schools was mainly the Johnsonville Railway line. From the information produced, Sheyne made […]

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