The Art School is well known for exceptionally high standards, to which our end of year exhibition, examination results and impressive record of progression to art college are testament. However, success is not limited to the most able artists and the School encourages all pupils to achieve.
From P4, when the Art School begins working with pupils, ability is developed through an emphasis on strong observational drawing leading on to exploration of a variety of disciplines including sculpture, drawing and painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography, fashion and textiles.
In S3 and S4, National 5 work takes the form of units. These start with research drawings in a variety of media and from a variety of sources, which are then developed towards a final piece. In parallel with the practical work, pupils look at relevant artists and art movements, visit galleries and exhibitions. In S5 we offer International Baccalaureate Visual Arts Diploma and Higher Level Art and Design. Advanced higher and year two International Baccalaureate pupils benefit from having their own studio spaces where they are able to show increasing personal autonomy and creative decision making in an environment comparable with many University Art and Design courses.
The portfolio-based content of International Baccalaureate and the revised SQA courses make both suitable for pupils applying to Higher Education courses in fields related to Art and Design, Architecture, Photography, Fashion and Textiles and many other related courses.
A highly committed team of teaching and support staff is joined each year by an artist-in-residence, who passes on specialist skills, normally gained from recent study at Art and Design College. Each year the department runs a series of workshops and talks delivered by specialists in their fields covering areas such as Fashion, Communication Design, Fine Art, and Architecture.