ART AND DESIGN
Mrs C. O'Donohue (Head of Department)
Mr D. Boyle
The Art & Design / Moving Image Arts department at Portora Royal
School is at the central hub of the school’s Visual and Performing Arts
Specialist status. The department actively promotes and encourages each
individual pupil to develop personal levels of interest, originality,
diversity and independence of thought. Pupils are supported to
communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour,
texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes, to
include both traditional and digital media; these rich experiences
ensure pupils learn to make informed judgements and aesthetic and
practical decisions. As a department we strive to develop pupils’
ability to understand and confidently use Visual and Digital literacy
as an integral part of learning. Furthermore, pupils’ exploration of
ideas and meanings is underpinned and inspired by frequent
opportunities to appreciate the work of artists and designers.
Annually, our department attainment exceeds the N.I averages at GCSE
and A-Level. The department has set a standard of achieving 100%
attainment, grades A*-C across all levels of entry.
Alan Dean and James Wallace were placed 2nd and 3rd place respectively in Northern Ireland in CCEA Moving Image Arts at A2 level in 2012.
Ben McNair achieved a special merit award for his entry in the ‘Texaco Children’s Art Competition’, spring 2012
A number of Year 8 pupils were awarded highly commended certificates for their art entries in the Fermanagh Feis, spring 2012.
TEACHING AND LEARNING
The quality of teaching and learning is bolstered and reinforced
through the application of suitably varied strategies and methods.
Pupils are encouraged to think and do for themselves through
investigative studies and realised outcomes within the constraints of
structured and stimulating project work, which is assessed on a regular
basis, by both pupil and teacher. 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 half termly grade system. Targets are agreed with pupils and
set using Midyis (KS3), Yellis (KS4), Alis (KS5) and baseline data.
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, animation and mixed media.
All KS3 pupils experience 1.5 hours per week, with 1/3 of this time
devoted to the delivery of ICT competencies. Beyond KS3 pupils
experience 2.5 hours at KS4 and a minimum of 4 hours at KS5. Homework
is set for approximately 6-week periods in advance for KS 4/5. At KS3
homework is set on a regular basis. Pupils are encouraged to take part
in competitions and workshops delivered by visiting artists. The
department offers after school support for homework/coursework.
The department comprises two Art rooms, a Moving Image suite of 12
Apple iMac computers, an animation room, a ceramics annex, and 6 PC’s.
Digital camera’s and D-SLR video cameras, tripods and a steadicam, and
professional sound equipment are available for pupils to borrow.
ARTISTS OF THE MONTH
To download a PDF of our artists of the month for October, please click here.
Below you can see a selection of GCSE and A-Level work from the 2013/14 year groups.