S3 Art and Design
Throughout S3 our learners work on the level 4 experiences and outcomes in order to prepare for the appropriate National Qualification in S4. The S3 course has an integrated approach to learning, and includes a mix of practical learning and knowledge and understanding. It consists of two main areas: Design and Expressive. Within each of these projects learners expand upon their media handling skills, using equipment and materials expressively in 2D or 3D.
Creative use of sketchbooks allows learners to present their work in a more personalised way. Learners are also encouraged to explore the possibilities of using technologies creatively when researching and developing ideas.
Learners develop an understanding and appreciation of artists’ and designers’ working practices as well as develop knowledge of the social and cultural influences on art and design work.
S3 Design Project – Fashion/Costume Headpiece and Felt making
Learners will build on their knowledge of using a design brief. They will research and develop personal and creative responses to their own design brief. Learners will express opinions and have the opportunity to experiment with a range of techniques such as paper construction and felt making to help develop ideas to an exciting 3-D final piece.
Learners will also study in depth example of works by millinery designers and jewellery designers such as: Philip Treacy, Rene Lalique and Peter Chang.
S3 Expressive Project – Self Portraiture and Painting
Learners will further develop and improve their skills in a range of media though drawing and painting. They will develop expressive art works from a selection of source materials to a finished composition.
Learners will also study in depth examples of art works by artists such as: Frida Kahlo, Alison Watt and Kehinde Wylie.
Attendance – Three periods a week.
The course is mainly practical based supported by teacher-led discussion, a combination of individual work and cooperative group work. Learner’s art and design work, as well as written studies are collated into personalised sketchbooks. Various formative assessment strategies are used to give learners the opportunity to demonstrate and improve their knowledge, practical skills and skills for learning, life and work.
Assessment in Art and Design will focus on learners’ skills and abilities to express themselves through the three significant aspects of learning in each of the components:
- evaluating and appreciating.
Ongoing formative assessment will take place in the classroom. More formal learners’ conversation will take place at key points during the S3 course. This is an opportunity for learners to discuss with staff what their strengths and weaknesses are within the Expressive and Design course work. It allows them to formulate an action plan to support each learner’s progress and achievement of a level.
Based upon progress and achievement of levels, students will then go forward to sit either National 3, 4 or National 5 Qualifications in S4.
Recording & Reporting
A continuous process of discussion of both practical and written work is an essential part of the learning and teaching process. All learners in Art and Design carry out a learner’s conversation at appropriate times of year. This is an opportunity for learners to discuss with staff what their strengths and weaknesses are within the three key areas of: creating, presenting, evaluating and appreciating. Learners are able to identify and record in their sketchbooks and planners next steps in their learning journey towards National Qualifications.
Reporting to parents is in line with the school calendar of tracking, reporting and parent evenings.
Ms L. Wilson
1 hour self-guided home study per week is expected in S3. This should be used to complete and improve work started in class.
Further specific home study tasks will be issued by the class teacher.
S3 written summary tasks:
|Rene Lalique||Dragonfly Woman Corsage Ornament (1897-98)|
|Serpent Pectoral (1898-99)|
|Peter Chang||Bracelet (2004)|
|Frida Kahlo||Self Portrait as a Tehuana/ Diego on My Mind (1943)|
|Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (1940)|
|Alison Watt||Life Before Me (1989)|
|The Rose Cutter (1989)|
Resources to support learning in Art & Design:
- Pencils (possibly graded) and eraser
- Pencil sharpener
- Black micro point pen
- Glue stick
- Coloured pencils
- Watercolour paints
Art Galleries and Museums to visit: