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ART & DESIGN

 

Teaching Staff

  • Ms. C Quail, BA PGCE (Subject Leader)
  • Ms. C Mulvenna, BA PGCE

Curriculum

Key Stage 3


The Art and Design Department is a friendly, welcoming and supportive learning environment. It facilitates the personal development of students through creative and expressive activities. It promotes in the students a sense of enjoyment and enrichment in their lives. 

The course at Key Stage 3 is designed to present a variety of experiences to enable pupils to develop knowledge, understanding and skills. Exploration of the visual world through observation and experiment, both in two and three dimensions, forms a crucial part of the programmes of study. Sketchbooks are of great importance and the use of ICT is encouraged, both for information gathering and for design purposes.

The quality of teaching and learning is bolstered and reinforced through the application of suitably varied strategies and methods. Students are encouraged to think and do for themselves through investigative studies and create imaginative final pieces within the constraints of structured and stimulating project work. Art work is assessed on a regular basis by the student and teacher. There is differentiation throughout Art and Design lessons to ensure that Gifted and Talented students are stretched and under-confident students are supported.

Collaborative units of work have been built into KS3 schemes of work to meet the requirements of the N.I. Revised Curriculum. Success and effort are rewarded and this is directly linked to formative assessment procedures internally and to the school mid termly report system. All KS3 students complete two sets of internal examinations and three Core Assessments throughout the year.

At KS3 a wide range of techniques and disciplines are explored including: drawing, painting, collage, 3D design, ceramics, printmaking, illustration, branding/advertising, digital photography, digital image manipulation, textiles and mixed media.  All students receive three 50 minute periods of Art and Design during a fortnight.

GCSE

 

The specification followed at Key Stage 4 is provided by CCEA. GCSE Art and Design is a stimulating and challenging course which offers pupils the opportunity to further develop their creative, intellectual and artistic abilities. In Year 11 and 12, pupils are encouraged to develop their individual strengths and interests in Art and Design. Students are given group and individual tuition and guidance for both their coursework and examination work. Use of a wide range of media is promoted and students are encouraged to explore their own ideas and interests by being given the personal freedom to set their own programmes of study within the confines of the CCEA GCSE syllabus.
 
Students undertaking GCSE Art and Design must fulfil the following requirements:
Unit One – Core Portfolio, 60%.
Unit Two – Externally Set Assignment, 40%.

From September 2014 we are now offering GCSE Contemporary Crafts. Contemporary Craft is about making things. Craft makers explore materials, techniques and processes as they combine intellectual activity and manual dexterity to create unique objects. The world of craft offers a huge variety of materials for the craft maker to choose from such as:

  • ceramics;
  • glass;
  • metal;
  • precious and semi-precious stones;
  • resins;
  • textiles; and
  • wood.

GCSE Contemporary Crafts consists of two components.

In Component 1 (Controlled Assessment), students have the opportunity to:

  • explore materials, techniques and processes;
  • understand the importance of health and safety;
  • make connections between their own work and work produced in the wider creative industries; and
  • understand business models and employability options.

In Component 2 (Externally Set Examination), students focus on understanding, responding and working to a brief.

The subject is offered jointly between the Art and Design Department and the Technology Department. 

A Level


The A Level Art and Design specifications are also offered by CCEA and build on the art, craft and design experiences offered at GCSE level. At AS and A2, candidates are stimulated and challenged, giving them the opportunity to further develop their skills, individual style and ability to work independently. In Year 13 and 14, students work closely with their subject teacher in developing their ideas, thinking independently, working to a deadline and taking responsibility for planning their own work patterns. All students are encouraged to produce work which covers a range of media, is personal, aesthetically pleasing and shows a high degree of skill.
 
AS

AS 1 – Portfolio
AS 2 – Externally Set Assignment

A2

A2 1 – Personal Study 
A2 2 – Externally Set Assignment 

ASSESSMENT

Projects will be assessed by the department teachers and moderated by an external CCEA examiner.


Extra Curricular

Every Friday during junior lunch Ms Quail runs 'Sketch@Lunch Club.' Students from Years 8, 9 and 10 have the opportunity to explore and develop their drawing skills in a relaxed atmosphere. The popularity of this club has grown over the years and last year between 30-40 students took part every week.

After school Art and Design classes focus on giving GCSE and A Level students the opportunity to continue their individual project work.

Events

To support the art and design curriculum, the department offers opportunities for students at all levels to work directly with artists, designers, craftspeople and those involved in the film industry. The experience of working alongside a practitioner at first hand has many benefits: encouraging the pupils’ enthusiasm and interest, introducing new skills, developing creativity and broadening their awareness of employment opportunities within the creative industries in N. Ireland and beyond.

This year our students had the privilege of submitting work to the 'Creative Young Citizens Art Exhibition.' Hosted by Ballymena Learning Together, the exhibition showcased a range of magnificent work from all of the local schools. At As and A2 Level our Art and Design students visited the Seacourt Print Workshop in Bangor and worked alongside printmakers to extend their intaglio skills and most recently our Year 12 students worked along with ceramicist, Anne Marie Robinson to develop their skills in ceramics.  By offering these events our talented pupils at Slemish College are encouraged to extend their artistic skills and develop their creative thinking by involving themselves in a range of exciting opportunities.

Careers

At all levels, pupils are made aware of opportunities which exist within the creative industries. At examination level, the GCSE and A Level courses provide a solid foundation in  Art and Design for students who wish to progress to further education or employment in these subject areas. Every year, students leave the Art and Design Department at Slemish College to continue their studies through a Foundation Course or direct entry to a Degree Course in their chosen specialism. We currently have a past pupil who successfully gained entry onto the very prestigious MA Fashion - Womenswear in Central St Martins, London. We look forward to seeing Peter Grahams collection in London Fashion Week.

Artists, designers and craft workers  are by nature creative problem solvers and this makes them an attractive asset for a variety of employers.

Related careers: Art Therapy, Community Arts, Fashion Design, Furniture Design, Illustration, Graphic Design, Photography, Multi-Media, Teaching, Ceramic Design, Architecture, Filmmaking and Production.

Homework & Core Assessments

  • At Key Stage 3 students receive homework to enhance and extend their classroom learning. This could take the form of observational drawing, research, 3 dimensional sculpture or continuing a piece of work begun in class.

  • GCSE and A Level students are given briefs, schedules and plans to direct their independent home study.

  • Core Assessments take place three times a year (1 per term). These assessments comprise of research tasks and project work.

Links

Slemish College Facebook
www.facebook.com/slemishartanddesign

BBC Bitesize - Art and Design Revision
www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Local

National Museums of Northern Ireland
www.nmni.com

The Mac
http://themaclive.com

Void Gallery
http://www.derryvoid.com

National

Tate Museums
www.tate.org.uk

Design Museum
www.designmuseum.org

The British Museum
www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Victoria and Albert Museum
www.vam.ac.uk

National Galleries of Scotland
www.nationalgalleries.org

Ashmolean Museum
www.ashmolean.org

National Portrait Gallery
www.npg.org.uk

National Gallery
www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Royal Academy Gallery
www.royalacademy.org.uk

Whitechapel Art Gallery
www.whitechapel.org

Serpentine Gallery
www.serpentinegallery.org

The London Street Gallery
http://www.londonstreetgallery.org

International

The Vatican Museums
mv.vatican.va

The Louvre Museum Paris
www.louvre.fr

Musee D’Orsay Paris
www.musee-orsay.fr

Auguste Rodin Museum, Paris
www.musee-rodin.fr

International Gallery, Italy
http://www.polomuseale.firenze.it

Egyptian Museum, Berlin
www.smb.spk-berlin.de

Ufizzi Gallery, Florence
www.virtualuffizi.com/

Prado Museum, Madrid
www.museodelprado.es

Reina Sofia Gallery, Madrid
www.museoreinasofia.es

Thyssen Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
http://www.museothyssen.org

Michelangelo's House, Florence (Casa Buonarroti)
www.casabuonarroti.it/

Villa Borghese Gallery, Rome
www.galleriaborghese.it

Capitoline Museum, Roma
www.museicapitolini.org/

Museum of Modern Art, New York
www.moma.org

Guggenheim Museums
www.guggenheim.org/

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
www.metmuseum.org

Wolfsonian Collection
www.wolfsonian.org

John Paul Getty Museum
http://www.getty.edu/museum/

Minneapolis Institute of Arts
www.artsmia.org

Philadelphia Museum of Art
www.philamuseum.org

Whitney Museum of Art
www.whitney.org