Visual Art at Maritzburg College

The opportunity for creative expression at Maritzburg College encompasses Visual Arts, both within the curriculum and as part of our extensive co-curricular programme. Encouraging imagination, creativity, conceptual thinking and personal expression in practical contexts, art serves to enrich the lives of the ever-growing group of boys at College who engage in the programme.

Maritzburg College is privileged to have a well-equipped Visual Arts Department, offerings boys the opportunity to explore a range of mediums, including drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture. For the boys who take Visual Arts as a Matric subject, their cultural horizons are widened through both theoretical study and the development of practical skills. Our teaching aims to stimulate curiosity, develop critical awareness and independent learning, and to allow scope for individually-tailored skills development. Our dedicated staff ensure the teaching is geared towards developing a love of art in our boys, in an exciting and challenging environment, which we hope lasts a lifetime.

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” – Edgar Degas

At Maritzburg College, we believe that art is both a form of communication and a means of expression. We have a host of boys who are enthusiastic about art, but do not take it as a Matric subject. For these boys, and some of our staff members, we have the recently established Art Club. This co-curricular programme affords the opportunity to pursue this passion while refining practical skills, as well as the development of the ability to communicate ideas and feelings through the medium of art.

Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse