Visual Art is a subject that promotes teaching and learning through art, craft and design. For adolescents and young adults, this involves becoming familiar with and applying the elements of art and principles of design, and the knowledge and skills associated with the processes, their histories and their contemporary practices. Visual Art also recognises and rewards a number of different forms of intelligence, including emotional intelligence; it develops personal qualities of expression and empathy.
How will Visual Art be useful to me?
Students of Visual Art will develop transversal skills, such as creativity, collaboration, ability to question, risk-assessment, problem indentification, problem-solving and management of their own emotions; skills that form a natural learning mechanism that can enhance their own development. Students learn how best to use traditional and contemporary technologies for both creative and operational purposes. All these skills and dispositions are key to future learning in senior cycle, higher education, and also in the world of work.
The curriculum consists of three strands:Art:
Art, or fine art, is the expression of creative skills in a visual form. It emphasises ideas, feelings and visual qualities through imaginative and/or technical skill. Apart from the creation of artworks, fine art also encompasses the study of art through appreciation and critical discussion. Craft:
Craft is the application of a range of particular artistic skills and knowledge to produce artefacts of aesthetic worth. With an emphasis on processes and materials, the artefacys created may represent either traditional crafts or a more individual approach by the craftsperson.Design:
Design is the process of planning, problem-solving and creating. It can be a response to a brief, a need or a situation. Emphasising the process of planning, problem-solving and completion, with drawing as a mean sof thinking, formal visual elements and imagery are used to communicate messages and ideas.
Each strand is studied through the lens of five elements: critical and visual language, drawing, visual culture and appreciation, the art elements and design principles, and media.