“Art is the Smile of the School”
Vision and Aims
The Art & Design Department aims:
To provide a rich and varied Art & Design educational experience for all our pupils based on the aims of the NI curriculum;
To enrich each pupil’s sensory, artistic and creative awareness;
To develop skills of observation, imagination, independent thought and evaluation;
To make pupils aware of the relationship between their own work and that of artists, designers and craft workers of our own and other cultures;
To stimulate curiosity about the world around them.
The Art and Design department consists of one large art room, an art store, a ceramic suite with kiln room and an apple mac suite. We have all the latest equipment and facilities for you to have an excellent learning experience and fun time in our department.
Key Stage 3
All Year 8 – 10 pupils experience a triple period of Art & Design per week. Throughout the three years pupils are encouraged to research, gather and interpret information from a variety of sources. They will develop an appreciation of other Artists, Designers and Crafts people.
They will experience a wide variety of media including painting, drawing, graphic media, printmaking, textiles, ceramics, 3 dimensional work, lens based & digital media and ICT in art and Design.
Pupils in year 10 can achieve a level 5 in ICT which is equivalent to a grade C at GCSE level.
Pupils who choose to study Art & Design at GCSE level follow the NI CCEA Specification, (a two year course) and they follow an integrated, critical, practical and theoretical study of Art & Design. They will develop an appreciation of the work of artists, designers and craft workers from a range of cultural backgrounds. They also develop their artistic practice.
The GCSE course is made up of two units:
Unit 1: The Core Portfolio (Controlled Assessment) and is worth 60% of the final award
Unit 2: Working to a Stimulus (externally set exam) and is worth 40% of the final award
Many of our students gain A* grades in their GCSE Art and Design with a number achieving 100%.
Kirsty Riddle A* with 100%
Melanie Nesbitt A*
Judith Foster A* with 100%
Samantha Hyde A* with 100%
Melissa Taylor A* with 100%
Ashleigh Henry A* with 100% and at True Colours
Kathryn Leyburn A* with 100%
Leanne McNiece A* with 100%
Jodie Riddle A* with 100%
James Blackwood A*
Rachel McBride A*
Jaymey Whyte A* with 100%
Tamara Pollock A* with 100%
Nine enthusiastic girls from Year 10 attended our after school Ceramic Club, which was held every Tuesday afternoon in the Art department. They began their creations in September and finished just before Christmas with many items to take home as presents. Christmas decorations in the form of garlands were made, personal house number plaques, beautiful framed pieces and bespoke 3D ceramic pots in the shape of handbags.
A great, fun time was had by all. Pupils learnt new hand building skills with clay and glazing techniques. Miss Johnston would like to thank the girls for their hard work and dedication to the club and hopes they and their families enjoy their beautiful creations.
Each year our GCSE pupils attend the True Colours Exhibition in Belfast. It is hoped that in the coming year we will have an artist visit our school to show and demonstrate their work to our pupils.