Arts education explores and celebrates unique artistic expressions of self, community, and culture. It stimulates creative action and response by engaging and connecting imagination and senses in the forms of visual art and performing art.
As students express and interpret ideas within creative frameworks, their confidence to take risks is increased and their personal wellbeing is enhanced.
Students also learn to work both independently and collaboratively to construct meanings and create outcomes, while responding to and valuing the contributions of others. The various art forms enhance students’ experiences and build on these as their knowledge and skills develop.
Through the use of creative and intuitive thought and action, students in the arts are able to view their world from new perspectives and in the process of developing artworks, students are able to participate, value, and enjoy the arts throughout their lives.
The Arts or Expressive Arts, includes Visual Arts and Performing Arts. These subject areas offer our students a valuable opportunity to discover and develop their creativity on the stage or in the studio. Classes combine both practical and theory work, and subjects within Expressive Arts are available from Year 9 through to Year 13 and are offered in NCEA. Many students go on to tertiary study in both Visual and Performing Arts.
Howick College has a well-established Performing Arts Department which provides many opportunities for students to unleash their talents. Curricular Music, Dance and Drama are catered for up to Scholarship level.
In 2018, our state of the art Performing Arts Centre was updated. In the refurbishment of the now Bill Dimery Performing Arts Centre, the building contains 8 studio rehearsal spaces, a large dance studio, a purpose-built recording studio, as well as 5 large subject specific classrooms. The music side also contains a dedicated senior composition lab. Two of the classrooms can be opened up to create an intimate performance space, seating 110. The building also contains a larger theatre venue which seats up to 400. The major musical and senior productions are held in the Bill Dimery Performing Arts Centre, along with our annual Dance Showcase and various music concerts.
As well as extensive performance opportunities, students also gain experience with many aspects of the latest theatre technology. A range of sound and lighting consoles and moving light technology mean we can provide an industry like experience for our student technicians. Video and audio links are provided throughout the building.
Howick College Performing Arts graduates have achieved great success throughout the entertainment and associated industries. We have various programmes in place, which connects these professionals with our students on a regular basis, including the Auckland Theatre Company Ambassador Programme.
Drama enables students to be creative leaders and team players whilst being innovative risk takers. As well as providing a grounding for those who are going on to tertiary performance, it provides a wonderful opportunity for all students to develop resilience, confidence and a wide range of highly transferable skills. All senior Drama classes provide public performance opportunities through the year.
Music education provides students with many opportunities for self-expression and assists them to develop their full potential. It helps students make sense of sound and to appreciate the aesthetic qualities in the sounds of natural and technological environments. In music, students also learn unique approaches to problem solving through the active and reflective processes of both listening to and making music.
Music education enables all students to contribute to the cultural life of their schools, families and communities through making and sharing music. It also makes available to students a wide range of future opportunities in arts-related employment.
Where can Music lead?
Music enables students to participate in a variety of performance and composing situations and it allows students to continue to appreciate and enjoy music as an interest or as a career.
These industries have music as an important component:
Entertainment, Broadcasting, Multimedia production, Education, Music Therapy.
Itinerant Music Scheme
As well as opting to participate in the many music groups and courses that are offered, students can choose to also take music tuition in the following:
Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drum kit and Voice.
The tuition is provided by professional teachers who come to the college each week. The lessons take place during school time in small groups on a rotating timetable so that students do not miss the same class each week. We have some instruments available for hire. Students taking Music as a subject get priority for lessons and we welcome both beginner and experienced players. There is usually more demand for lessons than there are places available, so a student's continued participation is dependent on their commitment and progress throughout the year. Enrolment takes place in the first two weeks of Term One each year.
Dance is a vital and integral part of human life. It exists in many forms and styles and is practised in all cultures.
Dance promotes personal and social well-being by developing students' self-esteem, social interaction and confidence in physical expression. It is an essential component of artistic, aesthetic and cultural education.
In Dance, students learn the basic principles, concepts and practices of dance through practical experience and theoretical study.
Where can Dance lead?
A school background in Dance is useful for any person wishing to train as secondary, primary, or early childhood teacher, studio dance teacher, professional dancer or choreographer or in the performing arts industry in general.
Dance is helpful in any career as it gives you the confidence to present information in front of an audience and teaches you to work as a team member.
The Visual Arts offer a broad range of courses (including Art Practical, Photography, Design and Painting) that recognise, value and contribute to the unique bicultural and multicultural character of Aotearoa. It integrates a wide range of problem-solving skills through looking at context and established practice to sustained creativity into the future.