There are several good and relevant traits or qualities that a senior high school student who has studied the Visual Art programme is expected to cultivate. Some of these qualities are discussed below.
A resourceful person is able to utilise fully the resources available in his environment in achieving greater things. Through the visual art programme, the learner is trained on how to rely on the available art tools, materials and equipment in his environment to produce creative and useful products. They learn to understand the need to be self-sufficient. Even when resources are scarce, they try to rely on the few ones that are available for the production of artefacts that addresses the needs of the society.
2. Practical Oriented:
The visual art programme is practically based and therefore assists its learners to acquire practical skills needed in solving most of the challenges that face the job market today. These practical activities also help in exercising the body and always keeping it healthy.
3. Good Citizen:
The visual artist is trained to produce works of art for the benefit of his or her society and the nation at large. This helps the artist in exercising his civic rights and responsibilities, making him a good citizen.
A visual art student is supposed to be highly imaginative, being able to generate a lot of new ideas from his environment both from animate and inanimate objects.
For the artist to be able to depict drawings of scenery as accurately as they are he has to be observant. He is expected to produce works of art to communicate his observations to the general public. He should be alert to changes in his environment so that he can communicate them clearly in his works.
The need to manage personal resources to achieve optimum satisfaction in life can be met by acquiring practical skills in planning and organisation through art. Through the application of such skills to his personal resources, the learner is better able to manage his or her resources.
7. Scientifically and Technologically Knowledgeable:
The learner is trained on how to apply scientific knowledge in life. This comes about as the learner works with tools, materials and processes. He applies basic scientific knowledge in their use, handling and care.
The learner also applies technological knowledge in the production of his artefacts. This enables him to produce his artefacts at a faster rate and in mass quantities. Learners are taken through how to use modern technological tools and machinery for their artistic productions.
Skills needed to build a healthy family and human relationships are reflected in art activities. Contrasting elements of design such as line, shape, texture, etc. are well organised into pleasant relationships. This enables the learner to be able to live in peace with people of diverse cultures.
The student is expected to develop the ability in bringing something new into existence. This can be acquired through organization and exploration of art materials, tools and techniques in achieving varied effects. Also, creative thinking is developed when the learner engages in systematic problem-solving activities such as identifying, selecting, composing and analysing of ideas for the creation of artefacts.
The student is expected to be friendly with people that he/she interacts with in the society. This can be achieved if the student engages in leisure and recreational activities like visiting art exhibition, galleries, museums, national parks etc.
The student should appreciate the nation’s cultural heritage. This can be done through acquiring knowledge in art history, appreciation and criticism of artefacts. These activities will help the student in understanding the meanings and usefulness of the arts so as to better appreciate them.
Preliminary designing and planning is given special importance in the visual art programme. This quality is very relevant since it helps artists to be truthful, always meeting deadlines for the completion of projects and appointments.
The need to be tolerant and long-suffering is emphasised in the visual art programme. Through the careful organisation of art forms and precise depictions of works of art, the learner cultivates a waiting attitude or patience. This helps him to cope with the stress and strains of life.