Art & Design

Art & Design

Art and Design is a vibrant and expressive subject. It challenges pupils to develop their skills in a wide range of media and techniques.

There is an opportunity within the subject area, which supports students working in 2D and 3D, fine art and design.

Studying Art and Design can provide students with unique skills of investigating, realising, experimenting and problem-solving. They also develop an appreciation of the work of artists and designers from a range of cultural backgrounds.

Art and Design students develop the conceptual, visual literacy and communication skills.

Teaching Staff

  • Miss Linda McGonagle (HOD)
  • Mrs Joanne Caron

 

 

Year 8

Art and Design is an interesting, challenging and creative subject. In Year 8, your son will develop skills in Drawing and Painting, Graphic Design, Ceramics, Textiles, Printing and ICT under the theme of FOOD.

Assessment:

Assessment is integral to teaching and learning in Art and Design. In Each Unit of Work, a wide range of skills are assessed – observational studies, technical skills, experimentation with a variety of media and the ability to sustain effort whilst working to reflect to make improvements.
Work is assessed at the end of each Unit and moderated by the Department.

Coursework:

The coursework is divided into 7 sections:
  • Drawing - 7 weeks
  • Colour Theory - 2 weeks
  • Still-life Painting in mixed media - 6 weeks
  • Ceramics - 6 weeks
  • Mono-printing - 3 weeks
  • Felting - 4 weeks
  • Graphic Design - 8 weeks

Study/Homework Requirements:

Home work is extremely important as it reinforces the essential key skills of drawing and painting Students will receive one home work per week, which must be signed and timed by the parent.

Your son must spend at least one hour on his Art home work and evaluate the work undertaken using the appropriate Art terminology.

Key Points To Success:

Students must be focused and hardworking in order to achieve. Your son must spend time on his work. Never rush. Look and observe that is the key to improving essential skills. The most important aspect of Art is the enjoyment of being creative.

 

Course Outline

Students following this course must present a portfolio of work for unit 1 made up of 20 A2 preparatory pages and a final outcome in the area of Fine Art or Design. This portfolio must contain edited work showing the breadth and depth of experience in Art and Design that they have gained over the two years of the course. The portfolio of work must contain drawing, painting, ICT and contextual studies. The students will have the opportunity to work in Graphics, Textiles, 3D construction and mixed media.

Unit 2 of the specification is an externally set examination.

Assessment:

There are 4 assessment objectives:
  • AO1: develop their ideas through sustained and focused investigations.
  • AO2: refine their ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • AO3: record ideas, observations and insights.
  • AO4: present a personal response/outcome in the areas of Fine Art or Design

Coursework:

The Core Portfolio provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate and communicate artistic interests, visual curiosity, creativity and personal skills in art, craft and design. They choose their own theme/starting point.

They select the work that reflects their ability and personal achievement in relation to the assessment objectives for this course. This includes evidence of observations from primary and secondary sources and work that displays a breadth of experience in a range of media.

Study/Homework Requirements:

Students are expected to spend 3 hours per week on their preparatory work under the guidance of the teacher.
Specific targets will be set each week and a log retained by both student and teacher.

Key Points To Success:

Students must be focused and hardworking in order to achieve. They must develop their creative, intellectual and artistic abilities; develop their personal knowledge and understanding; and develop skills including investigating, realising, experimenting and problem-solving.

Students must avail of the extra classes on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

 

Course Outline:

Students following this course must present a portfolio of work for unit 1 made up of 14 A2 preparatory pages and a final outcome in the area of Fine Art or Design. This portfolio must contain edited work showing the breadth and depth of experience in Art and Design that they have gained over the course. The portfolio of work must contain Drawing, Painting, ICT and contextual studies. The students will have the opportunity to work in Graphics, Textiles, 3D construction and mixed media.

Unit 2 of the specification consists of an externally set task requiring preparatory work and a final response completed as a controlled test component. The theme/starting points for this unit will be presented in an examination paper issued in February of the year of examination.
The final response to be completed within an 8-hour supervised examination period.

Assessment:

There are 4 assessment objectives:
  • AO1: develop their ideas through sustained and focused investigations.
  • AO2: refine their ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • AO3: record ideas, observations and insights.
  • AO4: present a personal response/outcome in the areas of Fine Art or Design

Coursework:

The Core Portfolio provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate and communicate artistic interests, visual curiosity, creativity and personal skills in art, craft and design. They choose their own theme/starting point. They select the work that reflects their ability and personal achievement in relation to the assessment objectives for this course. This includes evidence of observations from primary and secondary sources and work that displays a breadth of experience in a range of media.

Study/Homework Requirements:

Students are expected to spend 10 hours per week on their preparatory work under the guidance of the teacher. Specific targets will be discussed and set with the student each week and a record/log will be kept by the student and teacher.

Key Points To Success:

Students must be focused and hardworking in order to achieve. They must develop their creative, intellectual and artistic abilities; develop their personal knowledge and understanding; and develop skills including investigating, realising, experimenting and problem-solving. In order to obtain the highest grades, students must devote extra time to Art. It is a time consuming subject.

Students must avail of the extra classes on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

 

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