S2 – S3 Curriculum

Purpose and Aims of the Course

The S2 and S3 Art & Design course is designed to meet the requirements of the third and fourth 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 continue to experiment with a range of media and technologies, handling them with control and assurance to create images and objects. Students can apply their understanding of the properties of media and of techniques to specific tasks.
  • Students can use the visual elements and concepts with sensitivity to express qualities and relationships and convey information, thoughts and feelings. Students can use their skills and creativity to generate original ideas in their expressive and design work.
  • Through creating a range of reference material, students can demonstrate their skills of observing and recording and apply them to work in other areas of the curriculum.
  • Having chosen personal themes and developed their own ideas from a range of stimuli, Students can express and communicate their ideas, thoughts and feelings through 2D and 3D work.
  • By working through a design process in response to a design brief, students can develop and communicate imaginative and original design solutions.
  • Students can analyse art and design techniques, processes and concepts, make informed judgements and express considered opinions on their own and others’ work.


The S2 curriculum consists of four substantial units of work which are taught in 10 week blocks;

  • Scottish Landscape with organic form – Mixed media drawing and painting / clay.
  • Portraiture / My Future Aspirations – Mixed media sculpture and clay.
  • Local Area and Urban Environment – Printmaking and collage.
  • Pop Art & Paolozzi graphic design – Mixed media, collage and clay.

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Urban Environment Urban Landscape 2

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The S3 curriculum consists of three units of work which are geared towards preparing students with the required knowledge and skills to complete their National Qualifications the following year.

  • Still Life unit – observational drawing, painting and printmaking with expressive art studies.
  • Jewellery Design unit – design research, drawing and development, 3D construction and design studies.
  • Portraiture unit – observational drawing, painting and printmaking with expressive art studies.

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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.