Art is a valued subject which develops pupils' confidence and ability to explore ideas with unique and imaginative visual outcomes. Pupils have the opportunity to work in a broad range of media and practices including; drawing and painting, clay work, printmaking, textile design, printing and multimedia.
The subject has an excellent success record with pupils achieving top marks at both GCSE and A’ Level examinations and our work has been selected and displayed at both the ‘True Colours’ and ‘Celebrating Young Artists’ Exhibitions. Art is celebrated throughout the school and we hold an annual art exhibition to showcase our pupil’s hard work and dedication. Many of our students going on to study Art, Design and Architecture. Past students are now working very successfully in creative industries both here and abroad.
Our Art Department Aims:
To enable pupils to pursue the subject to the highest possible level
To create curiosity, interest and enjoyment in art
To encourage independent learning and self discipline
To develop an awareness of the significance of art and to value it as an important, pleasurable and fundamental area of human experience
To enhance and enrich learning, including making links to the wider curriculum
To recognise the role of art as an evaluation of personal experience
To recognise the role of art in the creative and cultural industries
Mrs L. Ward (HOD)
Mrs C. Nicholl (Technician)
We have one fully equipped art room with an additional media suite.
Clay: Porcelain/College Buff
Screen Printing Equipment
Apple Mac Computers
Key Stage 3
Term 1 - Colour/Pattern
Term 2 - Ceramics/Fish
Term 3 Portraiture/Fauvism
Term 1 - Perspective
Term 2 - Totem Poles/Ceramic
Term 3 - Still Life
Term 1 - Creative Drawing
Term 2 - Nature/Ceramic
Term 3 - Pop Art Portraiture
Key Stage 3 Extra Curricular Activities/Trips/Industry links
The Creative Industries are introduced to all key stage 3 pupils via exploration of varied topics and associated creative career pathways. All pupils are welcome to attend a variety of afterschool Art Clubs throughout the year.
Key Stage 4
Why Study the Subject
GCSE Art and Design provides a great opportunity for pupils to communicate their ideas and feelings visually and exploit their natural curiosity about the world around them. Students study Art and Design because they have:
A creative mind.
Enjoy exploring and experimenting with new materials.
Want a career in an Art related area.
Can work independently and with others.
Pupils who have completed the course previously have claimed it has been an enjoyable and fulfilling experience which has boosted their self-confidence enabling them to fully realise their true potential.
Unit 1: Part A | Drawing and Mixed Media - Exploratory Portfolio - 25%
Unit 2: Part B | Investigating the Creative and Cultural Industries - Portfolio Assessment - 35%
Unit 1: Part A - Drawing and Mixed Media
This unit gives pupils the opportunity to work on and improve their drawing and experimental media skills. Pupils will be Introduced to the work of artists and craftspeople, identifying how they can Influence their work and they will explore all the ‘Visual Elements’ through a series of creative workshops, introducing Ceramics, Textiles, Print-Making, Painting and Sculptural form.
Unit 2: Part B - Investigating the Creative and Cultural Industries
Pupils will complete either:
An investigation into an artist, designer or art movement leading to a final personal response in either 2 or 3 dimensions
A response to a design brief or visual Arts commission
Participation in a collaborative Arts Project with a clearly defined role leading to a final outcome that is presented for individual assessment.
Students will build upon the knowledge, skills and confidence gained during Part A of the course. They will engage with and demonstrate an understanding of the varied roles within the creative and cultural industries.
Unit 2: Part B | Continued, exploration of experimental media and production of a final outcome - Portfolio Assessment - 35%
Unit 4 | The Externally Set Assignment - Portfolio Assessment - 40%
Unit 2: Part B - Continued, exploration of experimental media and production of a final outcome
Students will explore and experiment with relevant media, materials, techniques, processes and technologies in response to their task. They will develop and refine their skills as their project progresses. They will produce a personal final outcome which will showcase their creativity, contextual understanding and independent thinking.
Unit 4 - The Externally Set Assignment
Pupils will receive their exam paper in term 2 of year 12 and will respond to the given theme through the areas covered through the course content. They will create a final outcome in either 2 or 3 dimensions.
Employability/job opportunities/further study
Key Stage 4 Extra Curricular Activities/Trips/Industry links
GCSE Art & Design pupils are provided with wonderful opportunities to engage in the Creative Industries and experience bot Art Gallery visits and in-house Creative Arts Workshops in both Print and Ceramics.
Why study the subject?
Studying Art and Design at ‘A’ Level allows students to build upon and develop their knowledge and skills in all areas of Art, Craft and Design. Students will develop strengths in particular areas and use this for their personal investigations and research. At all times students will be developing and building upon their existing knowledge of the creative, intellectual and artistic processes within Art and Design. Studying GCE Art and Design will allow students to:
Continue to build upon their personal knowledge; understanding and skills gained at GCSE level and develop these through investigating, realising, experimenting and problem solving which will all contribute to their employability.
Produce work in 2D, 3D, fine art and design in a range of mediums; from painting to textiles, lens based media to sculpture, providing numerous opportunities to develop their creative, intellectual and artistic abilities.
Unit AS 1 | Experimental Portfolio - 20% of A Level
Unit AS 2 | Personal Response - 20% of A Level
Unit AS 1: Experimental Portfolio
Students will work individually and creatively to develop ideas in response to a given activity, theme or stimulus. They will experiment with a wide range of media, materials and processes to develop your existing skills and acquire new ones. Assessment Objectives 1,2 and 3 are marked in this unit.
Unit AS 2: Personal Response
Students will present a personal outcome in response to their experimental portfolio. Students will bring this to completion during a 10 hour controlled test.
Unit A2 1 | Personal & Critical Investigation - 36% of a Level
Unit A2 2 | Thematic Outcome - 24% of A Level
Unit A2 1: Personal & Critical Investigation
Pupils will have the opportunity to demonstrate and communicate artistic interests and personal skills in art, craft and design in the form of written and visual investigations. The written element will have a minimum of 1000 and maximum of 3000 words.
Unit A2 2: Thematic Outcome
Students will investigate and develop ideas in response to their personal investigation theme. Students will bring this to completion during a 15 hour controlled test.
Employability/job opportunities/further study
Fashion / Textile Designers
Graphic / Web Designer
Post 16 Extra Curricular Activities/Trips/Industry links
The Art Department offers a wide variety of contextual and Creative Industries exploration as part of the experimental portfolio element of the Course. All A ‘Level pupils are actively encouraged to pursue Art Gallery visits and to attend a variety of Creative Arts work-shops which will provide ample opportunities for advanced creative practice. We attend the National Gallery in Dublin, The Ulster Museum in Belfast and the CCEA ‘True Colours’ annual exhibit.
The department has welcomed Craft Specialists to deliver varied workshops to all examination candidates. Mr Trevor Woods, a ceramicist and Miss Fionnuala O’ Neill an Intaglio Print-Maker attend annually to inspire and empower our pupils to explore new and innovative creative media.
Both AS and A2 Level pupils should partake in additional Art studio daily to ensure progression of their creative development, exploration of the examination theme and progression of innovative ideas.
‘The Sean Hollywood Art Centre’ offers great opportunities for our pupils to experience Creative workshops and multiple Art exhibits throughout the year.
We regularly partake in many contextual trips with our Learning Community partner, St Mark’s High School in Warrenpoint.