Burnside High School is well regarded, both nationally and internationally, as one of the leading schools in New Zealand for Art education. High levels of success are well established with many students each year gaining scholarship awards and continuing to study Art at tertiary level. The art department is large and vibrant, allowing for specialist classes in each of the five traditional art disciplines: Sculpture, Photography, Painting, Printmaking and Design. Additionally, we also offer Art History which complements visual arts practice. Each area is taught by specialists who are leaders in art education in New Zealand.
Art education enables students to consider the visual world; to question how they look at it and find meaning within it. The main purpose of making art is to communicate ideas visually, and students are encouraged to base their work upon their own personal interests and experience.
Guest artists frequently visit to share their knowledge with students, and various workshops and tutorials are run in addition to normal classes. Students are encouraged to exhibit their work around the school and in local gallery spaces. Burnside High School is also fortunate to have a significant collection of art work by prominent artists.