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At Mountrath Community School our Art Department offers an environment and working ethos where students will be able to:
Our students will work in a caring, stimulating environment where individual needs of students are addressed and where students will develop confidence in their work and to add to their stimulating working areas.
Through ART our students develop a sense of personal identity and self-esteem through practical achievements in the expressive, communicate and functional modes of art, craft and design. They develop an understanding of art, craft and design in a variety of contexts - historical, cultural, economic, social and personal. Our students develop artistic and aesthetic sensibilities and we encourage in our students the key skills of critical appraisal, appreciation and evaluation.
The course covers all of the above and also promotes the students interest in the history of art and design and to foster a love for it. The study of art history compliments and extends our students understanding and knowledge of the practical work being undertaken.
The course also tries to expose students to a variety of materials in an attempt to express themselves in a creative way and to provide a balance of making art and appreciating art.
Students who choose Art and Design for the Leaving Certificate will spend five periods a week studying the course. Four of these are practical lessons. These consist of Life drawing, Still Life and Imaginative Composition. Materials explored include mixed media, paint, oil and chalk pastel, pencil, and inks. The students will also explore Craftwork. Techniques covered under this term include Lino-Printing, Calligraphy, Puppetry, Embroidery, Ceramics, Batik and Graphic Design. Students also have the option to study Design.
In fifth year the students will develop and expand the skills they have learned at Junior Certificate. The emphasis this year is on the development of their own unique style, their preferred medium and ways of working. They then continue their preparation for the Leaving Certificate and may consider the possibility of Art as future career.
Students will spend two periods a week studying The Appreciation and History of Art. This subject is taught in a social, historical and cultural context.
The Appreciation and History of Art exam component accounts for 38% (150 marks) of the final mark in the Leaving Certificate. The exam is a two and half hour exam and consists of three questions, one from each of the following sections. This written exam is held in June. The main areas covered are: