In Art, Craft, Design, students will learn to create 2D and 3D artworks using a variety of tools, equipment and materials.  Just some of the areas students engage with are drawing and painting, print-making, ceramics, batik, graphic design, photography and digital art.  They will also gain an understanding and appreciation art, craft and design in both contemporary and historical contexts.

The study of Art gives students the opportunity to exercise and develop their creativity and problem-solving abilities.  It builds self-confidence and encourages personal expression.  Students learn the value in self-discipline and in working to achieve their individual goals. 


Junior Cert
For the Junior Certificate students will be examined in two ways:

  • In third year, students will do a school-based project, chosen from a list of themes.  They will research their theme and complete a painting or graphic design, a craft piece and a 3D piece. Along with each piece, they will also submit their research, consisting of preparatory drawings and support studies.  The project must be completed by the end of April, and is worth 75% of the overall mark.
  • There will also be a drawing exam, held in May. In this exam, students will make one drawing of an object and one drawing of a person. This accounts for 25% of the overall mark.


Leaving Cert
Studying Art for the Leaving Cert involves both practical based art work and the study of History and Appreciation of Art. The modes of assessment for Leaving Certificate Art include:

  • Three practical examinations carried out in May. These are: Life Sketching, Still-Life Composition and Craftwork. For the craftwork exam, students will have five hours to complete a craftwork piece, such as a poster, piece of sculpture or a batik. A written examination on Art History and
  • Appreciation in June. Students will cover three areas in the Art History course: Irish Art, European Art and Appreciation of Art.  Students will have to answer one essay-style question on each area and provide sketches to illustrate their answer.  The written paper accounts for 37.5% of the overall grade for Art.


Leaving Cert Applied
Visual Art for LCA consists of two modules. The first, ‘Individuality and Identity’, allows students to investigate issues that are meaningful to them. They create images and artworks related to themselves and their culture. In the second module, ‘The Local Environment’, students create art in response to their own environment and environmental issues that they identify.

Transition Year
Transition Year Art offers students the opportunity to get involved in exciting large scale projects, made possible by the broader nature of the Transition Year Programme. This year, students will be working together to create a collaborative sculpture for the annual ART IN THE PARK competition run by Dún na Sí Amenity and Heritage Park, Moate, Co. Westmeath. The winning sculptures will be put on display in the park for a period of three years.

Subject Facilities
Our dedicated art room has state-of-the-art IT facilities including a computer, fast internet access, a data projector and an interactive whiteboard. Students also have access to the school’s computer lab for research purposes. In addition, there is an extensive selection of art materials available to students for drawing and painting, 3D modelling and construction and crafts such as pottery, batik, print-making, puppetry and more. We are also fortunate to have a newly refurbished front-loading electric kiln for firing ceramic work.

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