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The main aim of the Art/Craft/Design department in St Gerald’s is to help students gain confidence in their own artistic abilities, to develop their skills and further their knowledge of the art elements. Emphasis on drawing in a variety of media and the keeping of students own sketchbooks which serves as a record of homework and class work continues throughout the years.


Students work in both 2D and 3D, students experience painting, collage, mixed media, clay, both airdrying and terracotta, construction using wire and paper machie/paster of paris. The use of recycled elements in a creative way (via 3D-contruction and puppetry) is encouraged as can be seen in photographs from student’s 3D projectwork. Printmaking in the form of linoprinting/monoprints is also an element within the Art Department. In Transition Year all students’ gain an opportunity to design and produce a piece of work using printing tools and inks.


Student’s are encouraged to become involved in Art Competitions in the community e.g. Credit Union poster competition, Mental Health Ireland, Design a cover competition, Folens Book cover design competition, Social Service logo design competition and Texaco Art competition. In the past St Gerald’s had great success in the All-Ireland Form + Fusion Art Competition where design skills were encouraged and creative 3D construction was produced. Student’s work is regularly displayed throughout the school which affirms the skills of the student’s.

At Senior Level students are encouraged to experience and experiment with a variety of media and further develop skills they acquired at Junior cycle and Transition year. Leaving Certificate Art Examination consists of four different areas:


1.Craft Students in final year specialize in an area e.g. claymodelling, graphics (poster design),
printmaking or puppetry. This area is presently examined in May within a 5 Hour exam. (100 MARKS)

2. Figure Drawing Observation drawing. 1 hours exam in May.
(50 MARKS)
3. Choice between imaginative composition or Still Life 2 ½ exam in May.
(100 MARKS)

4. Art History European Art History, Irish Art History, Design and Appreciation. 2 ½ exam in May.
(150 MARKS)

Taking Art as a Junior Certificate option is highly recommended as many of the skills developed can be very useful outside of school. In fact 87% of students who choose Art at higher level achieve an honor. At Junior Certificate level the work is 80% project work which


starts in October of the year of the JC examination and is completed by early May. 20% of the mark is awarded for the drawing examination which also takes place in May.

In Transition Year all students have an opportunity to experience an Art Module and even if students missed the opportunity to study Art from 1st year, they may after TY choose Art for Leaving Certificate level Visits to the Linehall Arts Centre are also part of the general appreciation of Art and in the past at senior level visits have taken place to the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Nation Museum, National Art Gallery, Hugh Lane Gallery and Newgrange. Also visits to the yearly Claremorris Open Exhibition which shows contemporary Art practice.


Examples of some student work:




Last Updated on Jun212011