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Art & Design


Since August 2010 the Art and Design department has been partnered with the Technical Subjects department at Sgoil Lionacleit to form one Faculty. Art and Design is for everybody and should be both educational and enjoyable. It should seek to make each pupil aware of their creative potential while also nurturing and developing those pupils who show a distinct talent.

Art and Design contributes to the development of pupils and creates confident individuals and makes them successful learners. This in turn shapes them into effective contributors of society by being responsible citizens.

Elements of the Course from S1 to S6 are defined by three component parts expressive, design and critical.

The art and Design department has a range of activities such as drawing, painting, printmaking, fabric crafts, 3D construction and jewellery.

The courses are devised within the Curriculum for Excellence framework which means that each lesson must accord with at least one of the CfE Art and Design Outcomes. Courses are devised with cognizance of the 7 Principles for Curriculum Design: Relevance; Challenge and Enjoyment; Breadth; Depth; Progression; Coherence; Personalisation and Choice. All students in S1-S3 have 2 (50 minute) lessons per week in the art department where they can explore their creativity and develop and refine their skills and abilities.

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N4 and N5 Course Information Courses Booklet


S1 Course

Drawing is the fundamental element in this subject. Emphasis is placed on nurturing and developing good OBSERVATIONAL skills which in turn rely on good CONCENTRATION skills. Pupils are taught to study and record a varied range of objects, both natural and man-made. From that basis, the S1 Course proceeds to build its structure taking as its focus the VISUAL ELEMENTS for example: Composition; Colour; Tone; Texture; Form; Line; Light and Shade; Proportion and Perspective. Lessons are devised to address one or more of these VISUAL ELEMENTS and may take the form of an EXPRESSIVE , DESIGN or CRITICAL outcome.

An important aim of the course is to develop a range of PRACTICAL and CRITICAL SKILLS through the handling of a variety of media and tools. Homework is used to augment and support the work done in class.

S2 Course

The S2 course builds on the progress achieved in S1 and recognises the range of skills already developed. The Course structure follows a series of conventional headings:

Portraiture; Still Life; Natural Environment and Design.

Within each heading there is the requirement for a major project but there is also flexibility in interpreting the topic in ancillary lessons which explore alternative approaches.
The Course culminates in June with a Public Exhibition of the year's work with all pupils represented. Pupils have a good deal of responsibility in the organisation of the event and parents are the special guests on opening night.

S3 Course

S3 students begin with a module based around analytical drawing from direct observation of natural and man-made forms; they then go on to explore and experiment with various printmaking processes, focussing on the areas of portrait and landscape. They will also undertake a design module, and a critical studies project.

Art and Design: National 4 and National 5

Students in S4 undertake a common course, working on an expressive folder based around a theme of their choice, as well as a design folder following a design brief of their own devising. Both the expressive and design modules are accompanied by critical studies to complement their practical work. These students who are entered for National 5 will have their work sent away for assessment, and will also undertake a critical studies exam at the beginning of the summer term.

Art and Design: Higher and Advanced Higher

Students who are successful at National 5 level, achieving an A or B grade can continue their Art & Design studies in S5 through the Higher course. This follows the same basic structure as National 5, although students are required to develop their skills to a more sophisticated and impressive level.

S6 students can then pursue their studies further still through the Advanced Higher course, choosing whether to focus on expressive or design work, for both their practical and critical studies.