As a subject Art and Design has a lot to offer - creativity, enjoyment, the chance to learn new skills and improve old ones through a variety of themed topics covering both Expressive and Design activities.  We aim to increase everyone's enjoyment of Art and Design by improving skills and techniques at every level through engaging practical activities.

S1/2 Course information

In S1 and S2 students are introduced to a broad range of art and design skills and techniques.  Focused practical tasks are developed over the two years into projects of gradually increasing complexity which aim to develop students' confidence, independence and creativity. 

Developing generic skills such as hand-eye coordination and extended focus on individual tasks are an important underlying aim of Art and Design as well as building an understanding of presentation skillls which can support learning across the whole school for the learners' whole education.

Learners will:

  •  Look at the work of other artists and designers such as Hundertwasser or van Gogh to enhance and deepen their  knowledge and understanding. 
  • Experiment with media and technologies (for instance, paint, ceramics, collage, pastels), comparing them and developing an  understanding of their properties.
  • Produce artworks through which they can convey ideas, thoughts and feelings, such as portraits or ceramic vessels.
  • Develop drawing skills which enable them to record what they see with increasing accuracy and detail.
  • Develop an understanding of the design process which enables effective development of imaginative design solutions.
  • Be able to analyse artworks, giving informed and justified opinions of their own and others' work. For instance, in comparing the work of David Bellany and Lucien Freud, they will be able to explain their preferences giving clear reasons which relate to the techniques, processes and concepts used.

S3 Course Information

In S3 Art and Design aims to create opportunities for students to work more independently within a given framework in order to allow for more exploration and creativity.  By the end of S3 students should have enhanced their skills and confidence in Art and Design so that they are able to work with independence on tasks set, while continuing to receive technical instruction and guidance.  The course is based around two extended units of work, in order to develop an understanding of the requirements of NATIONAL 4/5 qualifications in Art and Design: 

Design Activity

  • Using the design process, students will design and make a 3D item in response to a given brief.

  • Research and evaluate the work of a selection of designers from the Art Deco period and contemporary designers, to deepen their understanding of art and design.

Expressive Activity - Still Life
  • Using selected objects and a variety of media, compose and create several still life artworks

  • Research and evaluate a variety of art, focusing on Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and Expressionism, as well as contemporary artists.

 Learners will:

  • Experiment with control and assurance to create images and objects, for instance a poster design or a ceramic vessel.
  • Use media (both 2D and 3D) sensitively and with skill, to convey a range of information, thoughts and feelings.
  • Be able to communicate appropriate original and imaginative design solutions in response to a brief.
  • Be able to analyse artworks, giving considered opinions of their own and others' work. For instance, in comparing the work of Clarice Cliff and Emma Williams, they will be able to explain their preferences giving clear explanations which relate to the techniques, processes and inspiration used.

S5/6 Course Information

Portraiture/Natural Environment

Learners will:

  • Select a topic to explore via drawings and sketches, develop compositional ideas and express themselves via the appropriate media

Learners will

  • Using the design process, design and make an item in response to a given brief.
  • Research and evaluate the work of a selection of designers from the 1900’s to the present day
S6 Advanced Higher

Learners will:

  • Select a Design/Expressive topic capable of sustaining a year long exploration using a variety of media, techniques, etc with an aim to producing artworks which not only express feelings and ideas but solve design/ compositional problems


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