Share this article

The visual art curricula for grades 11 and 12 are covered in a book released by the Johannesburg Art Gallery, which will help learners and teachers study the subject.
AN art textbook for learners in grades 11 and 12, focusing on the visual art curricula, is to be launched by the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG).


The JAG-ED BookletThe JAG-ED BookletEntitled, The JAG-ED Booklet, the textbook will expand pupils’ and teachers’ knowledge of art. It will be freely available at the launch, to be held at JAG in Joubert Park on 23 July at 12 noon.

According to Musha Neluheni, JAG’s educational officer, the book is a collection of secondary school visual artwork. “It includes essays by different curators explaining artworks displayed at the gallery,” she says.

Compiled with the help of the Goethe Institut, it explores South African and international works based on this year’s school visual art curricula. The first part of the book follows the Grade 11 syllabus, moving from modernism to post-World War II.

The second part follows the Grade 12 syllabus, which centres on South African art and artists from the early 20th century to contemporary art.

The book also functions as a supporting document for the exhibitions at JAG, with particular focus on the exhibition Looking as Learning, selected works from the Foundation Room, and the exhibition Matters of Spirit, which presents some of the works discussed in the essays.

Ten copies each of the textbook will be distributed to Gauteng schools that offer visual arts as a subject. “Students can use the booklet as a textbook and they are welcome to visit the gallery to see the actual art,” says Neluheni.

Information in the book will help with the pupils’ final visual art exams, and the essays provide various examples of how learners can investigate, examine and analyse the artworks they are studying.

Explaining its involvement in the project, the manager of culture and development at the Goethe Institut, Henrike Grohs, says the institute is dedicated to improving education in the arts.

“[The JAG-ED Booklet] encourages teachers and students to sharpen their perception by learning in front of original artworks in a museum context. We hope this publication will support art appreciation and open space for dialogue based on the JAG collection,” he says.

The book is one element in JAG’s education programme, according to Neluheni. She says the JAG team sees the gallery as a learning environment where people, regardless of their age, can learn about art.

“We provide tours to children from the age of four to students at university level.”

School groups are encouraged to book at least two weeks before a visit. “We have a tour guide who answers questions while showing the group around the gallery,” she explains.

The tours are free of charge. JAG is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10am until 5pm. For bookings contact Tiny Malefane on 011 725 3184 or email her on

Related stories:

Have your say on JAG changes
Sculpture stolen from JAG
Soweto artist incubator opens
Tapping into Diepsloot arts