Boarding School, Scotland - Lathallan School

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Art and Design


In Art, pupils particularly benefit from Lathallan’s small class sizes, as having a small group means that the course can be tailored around the needs of the students. This enables the tutor to get fully involved in each individual project. Over their time at Lathallan pupils will evolve a style, establish a preferred discipline and become more confident in their ability.

S1 and S2

  • use and combine the visual elements to convey ideas, thoughts and feelings in expressive and design work.
  • explore the environment and show accuracy of representation through observing and recording.
  • express and communicate ideas, thoughts and feelings through activities inspired by a range of stimuli.
  • work through a design process to develop and communicate imaginative design solutions.
  • respond to the work of artists and designers by discussing thoughts and feelings. To give and accept constructive comment on my own and others’ work.
  • experience the excitement of presenting work in an art exhibition.

S3 and S4: National 5
National 5 is largely coursework based and pupils explore an Expressive unit and a Design unit. Alongside these units they study artists and designers who have inspired their work and are tested on these in examination conditions at the end of the course.

  • Expressive Activity: Pupils will investigate into, and develop, a chosen theme and then produce an outcome based on their studies. Pupils might based their theme on one of the following areas: Portraiture, Figure Composition, Still Life, Natural Environment, Built Environment or Fantasy and Imagination. The outcome can be two or three-dimensional and they can use a range of disciplines such as painting, drawing, printmaking, three-dimensional construction/sculpture or mixed media work.
  • Design activity: Pupils will identify and research into a design need. They will develop their ideas into a two or three-dimensional solution which they then evaluate. Pupils can select from one of the following areas of design to base their work on: Graphic Design, Product Design, Interior Design, Environmental/Architectural Design, Jewellery Design or Textile/Fashion Design.
  • Art and Design Studies: Pupils will produce written evidence of their knowledge and understanding of a chosen area of the visual arts and a chosen area of design. These areas must reflect their projects from units 1 and 2.
Assessment: The portfolio will have 160 marks, and two equally weighted sections (expressive and design). Learners will demonstrate the ability to present an edited selection of investigation and development work, evaluate the art and design and creative process, and produce a piece of expressive artwork and a design solution. The written exam will have 40 marks; 20 marks each for expressive art studies and design studies.

Higher
The Higher syllabus encourages pupils to develop aesthetic understanding, creative and visual awareness, knowledge and appreciation, using a range of media and technology to understand, appreciate and respond to their world.  The course promotes creative thinking, encourages independent thought, initiative, innovation, problem solving and the development of personal opinions.

  • Expressive Activity: Pupils will investigate into and develop a chosen theme and then produce an outcome based on their studies.  Pupils might base their theme on one of the following areas; Portraiture, Figure Composition, Still Life, Natural Environment, Built Environment, or Fantasy and Imagination. The outcome can be two or three-dimensional and they can use a range of disciplines such as painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, three-dimensional construction/sculpture or mixed media work.
  • Design Activity: Pupils will identify and research into a design need.  They will develop their ideas into a two or three-dimensional solution which they then evaluate.  Pupils can select from one of the following areas of design to base their work on; Graphic Design, Product Design, Interior Design, Environmental/Architectural Design, Jewellery Design or Textile/Fashion Design.
  • Art and Design Studies: Pupils will produce written evidence of their knowledge and understanding of a chosen area of the Visual Arts and a chosen area of Design. These areas must reflect their projects from Units 1 and 2.

Assessment: Expressive and Design activity units are of equal value, and each needs a pass. Each unit requires investigative work, and development work. The last unit will be assessed by a question paper under exam conditions.