Art & Design

Webpage photoArt and Design is a rapidly-growing area in education and opportunities for employment have never been more promising.  Art and Design affects us all in a myriad of ways and designers in particular have shaped our daily lives to a great extent, from the clothes we wear to the magazines we read and the gadgets we enjoy using so much.  Interactive television, computer search engines, digital photography and stunning computer games have ensured that our young people now engage more than ever with highly-sophisticated imagery 

The Art and Design Department has four members of staff. The Head of Department, Mr G R Mackenzie, is very ably supported by a highly-motivated, dedicated team comprising of Mrs M Angus, Miss J Campbell and Mr A Kerr. The staff are committed to maintaining traditional art skills, such as observational drawing and painting, whilst being very eager to embrace IT and to develop new topics of study.

The aim of the department is to provide a range of rich and diverse activities, including painting, ceramics, computer graphics, printmaking and costume design, which encourages pupils to enhance their creative talents and to broaden their knowledge and understanding of Art and Design.  Pupils have the opportunity to participate in lessons and experiences that accelerate, challenge and enrich their learning.  Through this involvement in a wide variety of projects, pupils can communicate their thoughts and feelings, express themselves in innovative, motivating ways and experience enrichment and enjoyment. Click here to see two examples of Holocaust, an art installation created to commemorate International Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January 2012.

All pupils in L6 and L7 undertake an art course in the Senior School on a rota basis.  Pupils in Forms 1 and 2 follow a two-period per week course for the entire session.   Specialist courses, which lead to SQA awards, are introduced in Form 3 and the department offers Intermediate 2, Higher and Advanced Higher courses, as well a Form 6 Folio course for students who wish to apply to art college.  We aim to promote pupils’ abilities to think creatively and independently, and to develop transferable skills such as decision-making and problem-solving.  We are very keen for senior pupils, in particular, to assume more responsibility for planning the direction of their work.

In order to develop fully pupils’ learning experiences, the department provides a wide range of co-curricular activities: lunchtime clubs, gallery visits, a trip to London, a computer graphics enrichment course for Form 5 and participation in set painting and props for school productions are all on offer.  These activities help provide further inspiration and enjoyment and, in conjunction with class projects, can lead to a lifelong interest in Art and Design.

 For further information, please see the curriculum pages.