Art Elements and Design Principles (Drawing - 2D & 3D)


 This module provides students with the opportunity to gain a deeper understand of drawing. A full spectrum of media and processes are explored through a variety of studio-based exercises and practices. This approach incorporates the principles of active learning through engagement, reflection, relevant coursework and self-directed experiences. Art elements and Design principles are referenced through drawing, colour, 2D and 3D exercises. The practical approach is structured around personal visual inquiry and the development of drawing practices that are transferable to teaching practice. In the module a variety of traditional and experimental methods and techniques are explored enabling learners to strengthen the technical and expressive content of their work. Learning outcomes for the module are supported through lecturers on historical and contemporary contexts. Group critiques and seminars introduce students to the work of a diverse range of artists from historic to contemporary. Throughout the module students are introduced to the strands of art, craft and design as they relate to the core element of drawing at junior cycle Visual Art and the three strands of study and learning outcomes relating to Senior cycle Art. Through this process they experience and acquire important critical and visual skills which assist in developing their personal teaching philosophy.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and understand the value of drawing as an essential practical, conceptual and critical component of the creative process.

  2. Recognise and apply the formal Art Elements & Design Principles through appropriate workbook and portfolio applications.

  3. Comprehend and incorporate critical and visual language in Art and Design practices.

  4. Recognise and utilise the Creative Workbook as an essential research tool and learning resource applicable to post primary art specifications.

  5. Produce and present an Art Portfolio which reflects skills, know-how and autonomy in Art and Design practices and apply critical reflection to represent selected artworks in the learner's Teaching and Learning Professional ePortfolio. 

  6. Develop and demonstrate a basic understanding and awareness of the work of historical and contemporary artists and designers.

  7. Integrate critical thinking and 2D and 3D problem solving skills with an emphasis on visual enquiry.

  8. Demonstrate visual research and reflective skills which communicates the analysis and contextualisation of artefacts.

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