Art

Welcome to the Art and Design Department

Art and Design Staff

  • Mrs. K Houston (Principal Teacher)
  • Mrs J DiMambro (DHT)
  • Mrs A Emery
  • Mrs S MacKay
  • Mr K Polin

Art and Design makes a unique contribution to the learning experience of all pupils. Through Art and Design, learners should have skills rich opportunities to be creative and to experience inspiration and enjoyment. They should be able to explore a wide range of two- and three-dimensional media and technologies through practical activities, and create, express, and communicate ideas. Their studies of the works of artists and designers should enhance their enjoyment and deepen their knowledge and understanding.

In addition, Art and design allows pupils to become successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens through the range of experiences and skills pupils are actively engaged in.  We hope you will find this section of the website interesting and informative.


Course Overview

The Art and Design department in Dalziel High School provides a learning environment which takes into consideration each pupil’s needs and abilities, whilst having high expectations of all. The curriculum is designed to offer challenge, progression, relevance and articulation. Our specific aims are in line with ‘A Curriculum for Excellence’. They are:

  • To develop pupils’ confidence to experiment with a range of media and technologies to create images and objects
  • To ensure all pupils can use the visual elements and concepts to convey ideas, thoughts and feelings in expressive and design work
  • To improve pupils’ skills in observing and recording, in order to create material that shows accuracy of representation
  • To encourage pupils to choose personal themes and develop their own ideas from a range of stimuli
  • To allow pupils to express and communicate ideas, thoughts and feelings through 2D and 3D work
  • To develop pupils’ skills in using the design process in response to a design brief, to develop and communicate imaginative and original design solutions
  • To promote the analysis of art and design techniques, processes and concepts,
  • To encourage pupils to make informed judgements and express considered opinions on their own and others’ work.
  • To promote and encourage cross-curricular links where possible 
  • To promote a variety of effective learning and teaching strategies, including co-operative learning to foster tolerance and co-operation with others
  • To prepare our pupils for the future through skills for learning, life and work and advise on subject choice and career paths 

CfE Broad General Education

In the lower school, pupils follow a Broad General Education in line with the principles of Curriculum for Excellence.  In S1 pupils will experience 8 Units aimed at developing skills in Observation and Recording, Design and Expressive Media and Technology experimentation, exploration of the Design Process and Creating Communicative artworks.  In S2 pupils cover 5 units - aimed at further developing skills in experimentation with Design and Expressive Media and Technologies, deeper learning in terms of the Design Process and Creating Communicative artworks.  S3 pupils receive 3 periods per week and begin the year with developing critical analysis skills, and progress into design and expressive work. All pupils have the opportunity to experience success in Art and Design and this is celebrated regularly through exhibitions and displays.

  All pupils follow the revised units of work in line with CFE and have benefited from increased active learning and Aifl strategies which have been integrated into class work.  The learning and teaching methodologies used in the department are designed to give pupils opportunities to develop these capacities. Courses offer progression and appropriate challenge, whilst taking account of prior learning. The subject naturally cultivates several important aspects, particularly critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, evaluating and decision-making. Experiential learning is a key approach and pupils are given ample scope for choice and personalisation, which encourages enthusiasm and motivation.

Many units of work include inter-disciplinary learning, to encourage pupils to understand the wider context of their learning and link relevant aspects to cross-curricular areas.

S1-S3

Pupils in Art and Design follow skills based courses in S1-3, developing confidence in Expressive, Design and Critical work.  Units covered are focussed on development of skills and confidence whilst allowing learners to build on prior learning and apply learning in new and unfamiliar contexts.

Pupils will participate in exhibitions and excursions to enhance their learning experiences and are given regular homework to consolidate learning completed in class. Pupils will work individually and as part of groups, developing collaborative working as well as independent thinking. Underpinning the work of the Art and Design department is the development of skills and confidence in a variety of skills which are transferable to other curricular areas and to life outwith school. The Art and Design curriculum at all levels includes opportunities for developing skills.

We also offer a number of extra-curricular and supported study experiences for our learners in S1 - S3, including lunchtime Art and Design Clubs and clubs that support our learners in SQA related courses.


Senior Phase

National 4 and National 5 Art and Design are delivered in S4 with all pupils covering three elements: Design, Expressive and associated Critical Activity. National 4 is internally assessed with pupils completing two units (Expressive and Design) and an added value unit which forms the final solution for both.  National 5 pupils also complete two units (Expressive and Design), but this course is externally assessed by a portfolio sent to SQA and includes a written exam.   In the senior school, pupils currently progress to Higher Art and Design, with pupils in S6 having the opportunity to study Advanced Higher Art and Design. Higher Photography is offered to both S5 & S6.

S4 National 4/5 Art and Design Pupils in S4 will follow the new National Qualifications in Art and Design developed as part of Curriculum for Excellence.

What skills will your child develop in National 4 and 5 Art and Design?

  • a greater knowledge, understanding and ability to critically analyse artists and designers as creative practitioners
  • a deeper understanding of external factors influencing artists and designers
  • experimenting with a variety of art and design materials to refine ideas
  • practical skills in using materials, techniques and/or technology
  • producing analytical drawings and investigative studies
  • creativity and imaginative expression
  • critical appreciation of aesthetic and cultural values, identities and ideas
  • planning, producing and presenting creative art and design work
  • investigating and analysing how artists/designers use materials/techniques
  • applying this knowledge to his/her own creative practice
  • problem-solving and critical analysis to find solutions to design briefs
  • confidence in creative practice and in creative self-expression enjoyment in the arts

National 4 Art and Design

The Art and Design National 4 consists of three units:

Art and Design: Expressive Activity Unit - This unit is a combination of practical and integrated Art and Design Studies critical work. This is a practical unit, developing skills in the Expressive element of the course. Pupils work through 3 stages (Research, Development & Final Outcome), exploring drawing techniques, a variety of media, composition and a study of the visual elements. Pupils are also expected to study the work of artists in their practical units.

Art and Design: Design Activity Unit - This unit is a combination of practical and integrated Art and Design Studies critical work. This is a practical unit. Pupils this session are studying either Textile or Product Design, in the field of 3D Design.  As with the Expressive element, there are 3 stages to the Design process (Research, Development & Final Solution). Pupils are also expected to study the work of designers in their practical units.

Added Value Unit: Practical Activity - To achieve Art and Design National 4, learners must pass both units, and the Added Value Unit. The Added Value Unit draws upon the skills, knowledge and understanding learners have developed throughout the course to complete a final solution for both the Expressive and Design Units.

WHAT WILL YOUR CHILD EXPERIENCE DURING THE COURSE? - Active and independent learning including planned critiques to discuss choices and monitor progress A blend of classroom approaches including experiential, practical learning Collaborative learning: discussing, debating and sharing ideas and techniques; peer assessment to develop critical analysis skills as well as whole class learning. Space for personalisation and choice: in both the expressive and the design units and in the practical activity Applying learning to practical work with a solution-focused approach Embedding literacy skills: researching and presenting information; evaluating; discussing; listening; talking The Added Value Unit (Practical Activity) asks learners to produce a ‘final solution’ or piece of work for both the Expressive Unit and the Design Unit.

Assessment - To gain National 4, learners must pass all Units Units are as pass or fail assessed by the school (following SQA external quality assurance to meet national standards).

National 5 Art and Design

In order to pass this subject at National 5, pupils must internally pass the following individual units.

Art and Design: Expressive Activity Unit
This unit is a combination of practical and integrated Art and Design Studies critical work. This is a practical unit, developing skills in the Expressive element of the course. Pupils work through 3 stages (Research, Development & Final Outcome), exploring drawing techniques, a variety of media, composition and a study of the visual elements. Pupils are also expected to study the work of artists in their practical units.

Art and Design: Design Activity Unit - This unit is a combination of practical and integrated Art and Design Studies critical work. This is a practical unit. Pupils this session are studying either Textile or Product Design, in the field of 3D Design.  As with the Expressive element, there are 3 stages to the Design process (Research, Development & Final Solution). Pupils are also expected to study the work of designers in their practical units.

UNIT ASSESSMENT - To gain National 5, learners must pass all Units Units are as pass or fail assessed by the school (following SQA external quality assurance to meet national standards)

COURSE ASSESSMENTTo achieve National 5 pupils will also be externally assessed by means of the Portfolio Assessment Task. This task consists of two component parts, component 1 and component 2:

COMPONENT 1 Portfolio Assessment Task - Pupils will produce one piece of expressive art work and one design solution. It will include a selection of development ideas that inspire and link with the finished works. Worth 160 marks (80% of the course assessment marks)

COMPONENT 2 Exam Question Paper - The question paper allows pupils to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of Art and Design practice in an extended response format. Worth 40 marks (20% of the course assessment marks)

WHAT WILL YOUR CHILD EXPERIENCE DURING THE COURSE?
Active and independent learning including learning intentions and success criteria; planned critiques and ongoing dialogue to discuss choices and monitor progress, then plan next steps.
A blend of classroom approaches including experiential, practical learning with staff facilitating, guiding and supporting learners Collaborative learning: discussing, debating and sharing ideas and techniques; peer assessment to develop critical analysis skills as well as whole class learning Space for personalisation and choice: in both the expressive and the design units and in the Portfolio, with extensive research options Applying learning to practical work with a solution-focused approach Embedding literacy skills: researching and presenting information; evaluating; discussing; listening; talking.


Higher

Higher - S5/S6 Higher Art and Design

The course structure for the Higher is similar to the National 5 for Art and Design. The main difference with the Higher is with the Art & Design Studies written paper. The higher exam paper is worth 60 marks of the overall award.

In order to pass this subject at Higher, pupils must internally pass the following individual units:

Art and Design: Expressive Activity Unit - This unit is a combination of practical and integrated Art and Design Studies critical work. This is a practical unit, developing skills in the Expressive element of the course. Pupils work through 3 stages (Research, Development & Final Outcome), exploring drawing techniques, a variety of media, composition and a study of the visual elements. Pupils are also expected to study the work of artists in their practical units.

Art and Design: Design Activity Unit - This unit is a combination of practical and integrated Art and Design Studies critical work. This is a practical unit. Pupils this session are studying either Textile or Product Design, in the field of 3D Design.  As with the Expressive element, there are 3 stages to the Design process (Research, Development & Final Solution). Pupils are also expected to study the work of designers in their practical units.

UNIT ASSESSMENT To gain Higher, learners must pass all Units Units are as pass or fail assessed by the school (following SQA external quality assurance to meet national standards)

COURSE ASSESSMENT To achieve Higher pupils will also be externally assessed by means of the Portfolio Assessment Task.

This task consists of two component parts, component 1 and component 2:

COMPONENT 1 Portfolio Assessment Task - Pupils will produce one piece of expressive art work and one design solution. It will include a selection of development ideas that inspire and link with the finished works. Portfolio Assessment Task worth 160 Marks (73% of the course assessment marks)

COMPONENT 2 Exam Question Paper - The question paper allows pupils to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of Art and Design practice in an extended response format. Exam Question Paper worth 60 marks (27% of the course assessment marks)

Skills
Learners will be able to:
Communicate personal thoughts, feelings and ideas through the creative use of art and design materials, techniques and/or technology Analyse a range of art and design practices Critically reflect on the impact of external factors on artists and designers and their work Plan, develop, produce and present creative art and design work Develop personal creativity, using problem solving, critical thinking and reflective practice skills.

Opportunities for Learners

Learners will be able to:
Develop knowledge of art and design practice
Experience a range of practical media handling skills in both expressive and design contexts
Exercise imagination and creativity
Analyse the factors influencing artists’ and designers’ work and practice
Explore how to visually represent and communicate their personal thoughts, ideas and feelings through their work

S6 Advanced Higher Art and Design

Advanced Higher in Art & Design offers a natural progression from Higher. The AH course consists of a combination of two units - a mandatory ‘major’ unit of 80 hours study (2 credits) from Design, Expressive or Art & Design Studies and an optional ‘minor’ unit of 40 hours (1 credit). Both units must be on a related theme or area of study to suit the student’s personal skills and interests. This course requires a minimum of 6 periods of study weekly, plus work in students’ own time on sketchbooks, research and folio work. There are no formal exams for Advanced Higher; assessment is based on class work folios and research.

S5 & S6 Higher Photography

In order to pass this subject at Higher, pupils must internally pass the following individual units:

  • Image Making Unit
  • Contextual Imagery Unit

UNIT ASSESSMENT To gain Higher, learners must pass all Units Units are as pass or fail assessed by the school (following SQA external quality assurance to meet national standards)

Course Assessment

To achieve Higher pupils will also be externally assessed by means of the Project.

Project
The Project will assess the learner’s ability to integrate and develop creativity and technical skills within a negotiated photography project which will have three sections:
Research and Investigation, 25 marks
Development and Production, 60 marks
Evaluation, 15 marks
Project total - 100 marks

Skills
Learners will be able to:
Communicate personal thoughts, feelings and ideas using photography
Develop technical and creative skills in using photographic media, techniques and processes
Develop knowledge and understanding of a range of photography practice
Develop skills in problem solving, critical thinking and reflective practices
Analyse the impact of social and cultural influences on photographers and their work become critically self-reflective, autonomous learners

Opportunities for Learners
Learners will be able to:
Plan, develop, produce and present creative photographic work using a range of photographic media, techniques and processes
Communicate personal thoughts, feelings and ideas in their photographic work
Analyse the impact of outside influences on photographers and photography
Use creative and technical problem solving skills and be able to critically reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others


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Supported Study & Art Clubs

Art Clubs and Supported Study – the following support has been offered by the Art and Design Department

  • Monday 3.45-4.45pm Supported Study S3,4,5/6 (All Art and Design pupils welcome) - Art Room 1 Mrs Houston
  • Tuesday lunchtime - S1 and S2 Art Club - Art Room 3 Mr Polin
  • Thursday lunchtime - S3 & 4 Supported Study - Mrs Emery - Art Room 3
  • Art Rooms 1 & 2 are available to work in at lunchtimes Monday - Thursday for pupils following National Courses. Pupils should register with Mrs Mackay or Mrs Houston on arrival.

Careers

Careers in Creative Industries
While you might have heard that becoming an Architect, Fashion Designer, Product Designer, Fine Artist or Sculptor is an option for those who study Art or Design, there are many other careers available for those who are able to envision, design and create beautiful things.

How useful is studying Art and Design/Photography if I don’t want to pursue a career in creative industry?
The confidence and creativity gained from creative study play a pivotal role in developing the key skills every employer craves: problem solving, analysis, innovation, teamwork. Many careers require the ingenuity, discipline, tenacity and creativity that are intrinsic to Art and Design.
Consider the fine motor skills and manual dexterity required to be successful as a Surgeon, a Dentist, an Electrician, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon! It’s not only our creative industries that benefit from studying Art and Design, pupils wanting to study engineering, medicine and science can greatly benefit from this! By widening learners curriculum to include creative subjects and studying Art and Design parallel with other subjects enhances the creative awareness required to be successful in all career routes.

 


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