Art & Design is a very popular subject choice at Strathearn and the students enjoy great success in their artwork, with many continuing their studies and choosing art-related careers.
Students make use of modern classrooms, equipped with Interactive Whiteboards. The department has a computer suite, subject Library and a studio for Sixth Form use. Students get to try a variety of areas of practice, and the department has a ceramics area and kiln room as well as a printmaking area and a textiles area.
Miss Whitla (Head of Department)
Mrs Black (Technician)
In the Art & Design Department, students are encouraged to make meaningful and exciting connections with the wider creative world.
Overview of work
Our pupils begin by studying foundational drawing skills, 3D sculpture, painting and portraiture in their allocation of two periods per week. In second form, pupils have three periods each week and study more advanced drawing techniques, still life and ceramic sculpture. In Form 3, pupils study Art for two periods per week focussing on mixed media work, pop art, fashion design and textile art.
Our GCSE and A-Level students follow CCEA’s specifications. A wide range of approaches are used to produce creative outcomes. Each year, the final exhibition of examination work is held in June. This event celebrates all that the GCSE, AS and A2 students have achieved.
Trips to galleries and museums, workshops, and responding to the work of artists past and present all contribute to the students’ experiences. A-level students enjoy an annual trip to art galleries in Dublin to seek inspiration for their projects. There is an after-school Art & Craft Club for junior school pupils and a lunchtime Art Club is offered to exam level pupils, where practising artists are invited into the department to present their work and discuss careers in Art & Design.
Those who study Art going pursue a variety of careers including artist, graphic designer, art director in film and media, architect and illustration.