Members of the Department
The aim of the Art Department at Largy College is to promote an engaging atmosphere of exploration, discovery and curiosity. Art as a subject challenges students and encourages them to develop skills such as, creativity, problem-solving, teamwork and also independent thinking. Investigation, experimentation and self-expression are examples of how students can build on their confidence through the exploration of their own ideas.
Junior Cycle – Visual Art
The current Junior Cycle Visual Art strands include:
Visual Art at junior cycle aims to provide the student with a set of personal attitudes and qualities as well as skills and processes and a sense of the aesthetic. Through practical engagement in the areas of art, craft and design students will develop self-confidence, inquisitiveness, imagination, and creativity. They will also develop authentic, real-world problem-solving capacities and the capacity to work over time, as an individual and in groups, on the design and execution of artistic and aesthetic tasks.
Within the safe space of the art class, students will experience the authentic visual art processes of imagining, investigating, experimenting, making, displaying and evaluating. They will sometimes fail, and learn that failure can often be a hugely positive learning experience. Students will develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to produce and to engage with authentic and original art, craft and design work.
The new programme for Junior Cycle Art commenced in September 2017. This consists of the subject’s current strands, Art, Craft and Design. In second year students of this programme will complete their first classroom based assessment (CBA) on one strand of their choice and in third year students will complete their second classroom based assessment on the remaining two strands. After completion of the second Classroom-Based Assessment, students will complete two realised Artworks which will be marked by the State Examinations Commission.
Senior Cycle – Art
Leaving Certificate Art is made up of four units linked together and based on the everyday visual experience of the student’s own environment.
The practical work can include Life Sketching, Still Life, Imaginative Composition, Design and Craftwork. Students also study the History and Appreciation of Art, which covers Irish and European Art, and Art Appreciation. This syllabus is for students in the senior cycle of post-primary education and is assessed at Ordinary and Higher levels.
Revised arrangements have been put in place for students who entered Leaving Certificate Year 1 in September 2016 and taking their examinations in 2018 and thereafter. The revision to the practical components includes execution of the Imaginative Composition or Still Life component and the Craft or Design component as coursework in schools over an extended period, instead of an exam setting as it was before. Students must complete the coursework component during class time only over a duration of ten weeks starting in January. The Life Sketching and History and Appreciation of Art examinations continue to be held at the same time of year as they were before, Life Sketching in May and History and Appreciation of Art in June.
Senior cycle Art aims to develop in students the knowledge, skills, understanding and values needed to bring an idea to realisation and to respond to, understand, analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others. Each student is a unique individual and will be enabled to develop their own skill set in a personal way. The student will become aware of the world of visual culture, how it can inform their own work and life, and thereby become more aware of their own place in a wider society.
Expectations and opportunities in Art
Many opportunities can arise from studying Art, Craft and Design for Leaving Cert. A student may wish to study Art for its own sake or he/she may consider the prospect of creating an Art portfolio and study Art & Design at third level.
Art as a subject is not an easy option and to be successful at this subject requires:
• A keen interest in Art and motivation to work independently.
• A strong artistic ability.
• A willingness to experiment with diverse ways of working.
• The commitment to 1-2 hours of quality homework each week.
• The ability to write intelligently on the areas of Art History and Appreciation.
A student may wish to pursue a career where it is useful to have had experience of Art, Craft or Design, or where you will need to use some of the skills developed during this course. These might include careers in advertising, marketing, design, architecture or the media. If a student decides to consider a career in an Art & Design related subject, it is advised to have studied Art for Leaving Cert.
Art and Design Career Opportunities include:
Animator, Ceramics designer, Community arts worker, Exhibition designer, Fashion designer, Fine artist, Furniture designer, Graphic designer, Illustrator, Industrial/product designer, Interior and spatial designer, Jewellery designer, Makeup artist, Medical illustrator, Museum/gallery conservator, Photographer, Press photographer, Printmaker, Production designer, theatre/television/film, Textile designer and Web designer.