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MOVING IMAGE ARTS


STAFF

Mrs C. O'Donohue (Head of Department)
Mr D. Boyle


ETHOS


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.


SUCCESS


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 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.


CURRICULUM PROVISION


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.


RESOURCES


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.