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Creative Arts - Art

Examples of Pupil work.

Top:Jenna Clark. Right: Kelly Morrison.

Below Right: Katie Gibb.

Below: Rachel Gallacher

Course Overview

The following links give an overview of the courses and contents offered in Art:

 

S1 Overview

S2 Overview

S3 Overview

S4 Overview

S5/S6 Overview

Supported Sudy

 

Art & Design:

After school supported study will run Thursday 3pm to 3.45.

Senior pupils are always welcome to complete their art work in the department at lunch.

 

Photography:

After school supported study will run Wednesday 3pm to 3.45.

Senior pupils are always welcome to complete their projects in the department at lunch.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

 

There are no subject specific extra-curricular activities offered at this time due to Covid-19 restrictions. This will be reviewed continuously throughout the year.

 

Partnerships/DYW Links

 

Over the years the faculty has created a strong partnership with the Harbour Arts Centre. Every year we have a concert in the HAC celebrating the work of pupils from Art and Music. This is something that we cannot wait to continue once it is safe to do so again! At this time many other partnerships have been put on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions but we look forward to welcoming partners into our new faculty to provide the young people with as many opportunities as possible.

Art & Design/Photography:

The Art department has worked with Ayrshire College and their textile department on ‘Fashion Burst’. We are linked with Art UK and have had practicing artists such as Shona Kinloch working with pupils. We are also linked to Widening Participation with GSA.

 

DYW

The faculty are looking forward to working with Miss McNeil (PT DYW) to develop career education and embed this in our courses.

 

My World of Work:

https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/my-career-options/subjects?group=job_profile&subjects=1936

 

https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/my-career-options/subjects?group=job_profile&subjects=5086

 

The Creative Arts Department teaches Art & Design to Advanced Higher level. We also teach Higher Photography.

Department Overview

 

S1

Pupils will learn all about the visual elements and will complete work by exploring a range of different mediums and materials including watercolour paints, acrylic paint, pencils, felt tip pens, oil pastels, clay and printing. The units covered in S1 Art & Design are:

Unit 1: Portraiture - Identity Project & Creating a self-portrait

Unit 2: Design - Clay People Flower Pots

Unit 3: Graphics/Printing - Pakistan Trucks

Unit 4: Still Life - Sweetie Life, featuring a cup and Liquorice Allsorts

 

All 4 units will covered at various points throughout the year to accommodate all classes and the sharing of rooms and resources.

 

S2

Pupils will continue to learn about the visual elements and will complete work by exploring a range of different mediums and materials including watercolour paints, acrylic paint, pencils, felt tip pens, oil pastels, clay and printing. The units covered in S2 Art & Design are:

Unit 1: Expressive - Landscapes

Unit 2: Expressive Poetry Presentation – The Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

Unit 3: Textile/Graphic Design - ‘Timorous Beasties’ cushions

Unit 4: Design - Architecture

 

All 4 units will covered at various points throughout the year to accommodate all classes and the sharing of rooms and resources.

 

S3

Pupils will continue to learn about the visual elements and will complete work by exploring a range of different mediums and materials including watercolour paints, acrylic paint, pencils, felt tip pens, oil pastels, clay and printing. S3 units provide more personalisation and choice and pupils will be encouraged to choose their own inspiration. They must complete work from the following categories:

Expressive – Portraiture

Expressive – Still Life

Design – Graphics/Product Design

Design – Textiles/Body Adornment

 

S3 Photography:

Pupils will work through a series of photography ‘shoots’. These shoots will allow young people to develop the key photography skills and techniques that they have learned thus far, such as “Rule of Thirds”, “Viewpoint”, “Exposure”, “Leading Lines” and “Composition”. Young people will learn about professional photographers, using their images to inspire high quality photoshoots. 

Photoshoots will be stored in a shared folder. Pupils will use these photographs to complete their ‘Record of Work’ document which is on google classroom. Literacy skills are key in photography. Using creative writing skills learned in English, pupils will write about their photographs in evaluations of their shoots.

 

N3/N4/N5/H/AdvH

Art & Design:

All pupils from National 3 to Higher Art & Design will complete 1 expressive and 1 design unit. Pupils choose their own expressive theme and their own design outcome, allowing them to be more creative in how they approach their artwork. 

They can choose from:

Expressive – Portraiture OR Still Life

Design – Graphics (poster/book cover design) OR Textiles/Body Adornment/Costumes

In Advanced Higher pupils will only focus on one area – either expressive or design. Their final project will showcase either still life or a graphic design advertising campaign.

Pupils must also complete written tasks; each pupil will be given a critical booklet at the correct level.

Photography:

The aim of the NPA course, offered in S4, is to develop an understanding of photography in everyday use.

This involves working through some of the creative processes involved in photography and creative media. Students will acquire a basic knowledge and understanding of practical skills when working with photographs, and learn how to create images in two main categories – ‘People’ and ‘Places’. Students will also develop critical thinking skills and seek peer and tutor feedback. Pupils will use their literacy skills to evaluate the work of professional photographers, and their own work.

 

S4 students will get 4 periods a week to plan, shoot and evaluate their work in outdoor and indoor locations, as well as learning post-production techniques using Adobe Photoshop. There is no exam for this course.

 

The Higher Photography course, is designed to inspire and challenge students. Candidates are required to represent their personal thoughts visually through the medium of photography in a personal project, which is worth 100 marks and assessed by SQA. The project uses an integrated approach to learning, students plan, develop and produce imaginative photographs.

 

They also must develop their skills in photographic analysis and techniques for a written exam worth 30 marks. All pupils’ projects are kept on their own Google Drives online so pupils can access the course work from home.

 

Students use creative and technical problem-solving skills, and are required to reflect critically on their own work and that of others. The learning experiences in the course are flexible and adaptable, with opportunities for personalisation and choice.

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