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Art and Design

The aim of the Art and Design department is to give pupils an awareness and understanding of visual language, to give a basic knowledge and appreciation of art and to develop practical skills. The schemes of work are varied demonstrating a wide range of Art disciplines and are under constant review in order to keep up to date with current trends within the Art World. The development of practical skills in two and three dimensional work as well as allowing the pupils a greater understanding of the different mediums and how they are used is paramount within our projects. All pupils will study Art and Design in years 8 – 10 and we aim to foster an enjoyment of the subject for those not attending to study it beyond Key Stage 3 as well as providing a solid foundation for those who do.


Miss Y Moody (Head of Department)
Mr P McCausland
Ms E O’Donnell
Ms R Drysdale
Mr A McBride (Technician)


The art department comprises of 3 specialist art classrooms, one of which contains a ceramics area and kiln. We have 3 stores and a small area with 2 computers that pupils may use.

Why Study Art?

Art and Design is a very versatile subject with an abundance of transferable skills including being creative, time management, problem solving, working with others and sharing resources to name but a few. All of which we recognise as key qualities needed for employment today. Through the use of visual communication we promote self expression and creativity as well as instilling mutual respect for others and their work.

During their study pupils will get the opportunity to explore visual and tactile experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They will build on developing their knowledge of traditional areas such as painting, drawing and ceramics as well as experimenting with various materials, methods and ICT within their work. They are given opportunities to view work of professional artists through gallery visits at Key Stage 5 and are encouraged to attend exhibitions in their own time. They will learn to evaluate work and to appreciate art for the purpose in which it was made. The study of Art and Design develops a pupil’s creative, intellectual and artistic ability. It also provides them with stimulating and challenging opportunities to develop their skills. These include investigating, realising, experimenting and problem solving, which also contribute to their employability. Pupils will have the opportunity to use various materials to help develop skills in 2D and 3D Fine Art and Design. These include drawing, painting, graphic design, textiles design, lens-based media, 3D design, sculpture and critical and contextual studies.

Equipment Required

Key Stage 3 – Equipment is provided
Key Stage 4 – A2 Plastic Folder, Range of Pencils, Eraser, Sharpener, Set of Acrylic Paints.
Key Stage 5 – A1 Plastic Folder, Range of Pencils, Eraser, Sharpener, Set of Acrylic Paints.



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