S1 Curriculum

Purpose and Aims of the Course

The S1 Art & Design course is designed to meet the requirements of the third level Experiences and Outcomes from a Curriculum for Excellence.

“Through art and design, learners have rich opportunities to be creative and to experience inspiration and enjoyment. They explore a wide range of two- and three-dimensional media and technologies through practical activities, and create, express, and communicate ideas. Their studies of the works of artists and designers enhance their enjoyment and deepen their knowledge and understanding.”

  • Students will experiment with a range of media and technologies to create images and objects, using their understanding of their properties.
  • Students will use and combine the visual elements and concepts to convey ideas, thoughts and feelings in both expressive and design work.
  • Through observing and recording, students will create material that shows accuracy of representation.
  • While working through a design process in response to a design brief, students can develop and communicate imaginative design solutions.
  • Students will respond to the work of artists and designers by discussing their thoughts and feelings.
  • Students will give and accept constructive comment on my own and others’ work.

In addition, if pupils choose to study our subject in S2 and S3, the course leads on to continued development of skills and knowledge in the contexts above at both third and fourth level.

The S1 curriculum consists of four substantial units of work which are taught in (approx) 10 week blocks;

Fruit Printmaking – Observational drawing and reduction poly-board printmaking techniques.

Observational drawing & Abstract Painting – Pencil, Paint and ICT

Self Portraiture – various 2D and 3D media

Jitterbug creatures – battery operated mechanism and 3D construction.

Hundertwasser inspired Paper Jewellery construction – various media

S1 Fruit 2   S1 Fruit

Radial Design Canon images Sept 2016 013 Gallery 007


If you are interested in viewing Education Scotland’s Principles and Practice documentation for the Expressive Arts, please click HERE.

If you would like to view the Experience and Outcomes for the Expressive Arts, please click HERE.