Mrs S Wilson (Head of Department)
Mrs F Ward (Part-time)
Mr A Gregory (Art Technician)
The Creative Industries are the fastest growing area of the economy and are vital to economic success. Studying Art, Craft and Design creates a pathway to a career in a creative industries-related field.
Art helps students develop key transferable skills such as creativity, innovation, higher level thinking skills and problem solving. It encourages students to find alternative approaches and take risks in their work. It also develops in depth knowledge of Art and Design through research and practical activities, intellectual capabilities and independent approaches to learning.
The Art & Design Department is equipped with three large teaching class rooms, a Sixth Form work area and computer suite as well as two kilns, specialist ceramic areas and printing presses in each classroom.
Key Stage 3
Pupils explore a range of media and have the opportunity to use many Art and Design techniques. The Key Stage 3 programme is as follows:
- All About Me collaborative project on theme of personal identity, using Photoshop and Photo booth
- Drawing: introduction to Drawing skills – how to observe and record shape and tone
- Colour: introduction to use of Colour – how to mix and apply paint
- Textiles: introduction to sewing skills
- Ceramics: introduction to using clay – creating texture, designing and making a hybrid monster pot
- Creating patterns: using Photo booth and Photoshop software to create repeat patterns for fashion based on photographs and studies of sweets
- Pattern: exploration of ways to create pattern through printmaking
Unit 1: Mask Design (examination project)
- Drawing and painting: tonal and colour studies of masks
- Research: independent research on mask design and on chosen theme
- Design: creating ideas for mask design
- Construction: making three dimensional mask
Unit 2: Art, Craft and Business
- Investigation into craft businesses in Northern Ireland
- In groups, set up own company to create and produce own craft product
- Marketing and design of graphics and display for company
- Selling product
- Dragon’s Den video presentation
Key Stage 4
Art is an optional subject at KS4.
Year 11 & 12 GCSE CCEA Art and Design
This is a two year course. Pupils are encouraged to develop a range of skills following four main assessment criteria in response to a theme.
Unit 1: 60% Core Portfolio
Unit 2: 40% Working to a Stimulus (examination project)
Possible materials and techniques that can be used are: drawing, colour media, ceramics, textiles, photography, printmaking, Photoshop, sculpture, fashion, etc. Where possible, we encourage input from artists and encourage visits to galleries to experience Art first hand.
Key Stage 5
Year 13 GCE A level CCEA Art and Design
The course has four units: two at AS level and two at A2 level:
AS 1: 20% Experimental Portfolio
AS 2: 20% Personal Response
A2 1: 36% Personal and Critical Investigation (including a 1000-3000 word written investigation)
A2 2: 24% Thematic Outcome
Students continue to develop their skills, working in an increasingly personal manner, exploring aspects of art they find interesting. Pupils are expected to use contextual work to influence the development of their ideas and outcomes. Pupils develop a strong portfolio of work which can lead to advanced study of Art at university.
Year 14 students are completing the existing CCEA A level Art and Design
AS 1: 30% Coursework Portfolio
AS 2: 20% Externally Set Assignment
A2 1: 30% Personal Investigation
A2 2: 20% Externally Set Assignment
Students continue to develop their skills, working in an increasingly personal manner, exploring aspects of art they find interesting. Pupils are expected to use contextual work to influence the development of their ideas and outcomes. Pupils develop a strong portfolio of work suitable for application to advanced study of Art at university.
Year 10: Lantern making workshop with visiting artists, for inclusion in the ‘Light up the Road’ parade
Year 11: Two workshops with artist Mary Teresa Gribbin and a guided visit to Royal Ulster Academy’s exhibition at the Ulster Museum
Year 13 and 14: Day in Dublin to visit exhibitions at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Hugh Lane Gallery, National gallery
Year 13: NBALC exhibition at Ulster University
The department has a strong record of students going on to study Art at university
Here is a small selection of the work carried out in the Art department. We hope you like it!