Creative Disciplines - Art and Design (3)


In this module learners enhance their skills in 3D art practices through a range of making and thinking strategies relevant to the creative disciplines of ceramics and sculpture. Focus is placed on the skills, concepts and visual language required to produce appropriate 3D art, craft and design artefacts. Learners are trained in the application of these specialisms to the classroom in order to produce and describe creative and vibrant three-dimensional artworks. They investigate and develop fluency in 3D elements - form, proportion, balance, tension and structure by exploring objects within space and three-dimensional objects as promoted by artists and designers. Throughout the module students respond to both practical tasks and conceptual challenges by creating constructions, installations and artworks with a variety of materials - cardboard, clay, fabric, plaster, plastics, wire, wood, found objects etc. Projects may be individual or collaborative. Critical discussion and reflection are fundamental in integrating theory and practice. During the module learners engage in the wider debates around contemporary art practice as well as the pedagogical requirements, core elements, strands and specifications of both junior cycle Visual Art and Senior Cycle Art through critical reading, peer to peer discussion, critique and seminar.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate and apply the formal art elements and design principles relevant to the 3D creative disciplines of ceramics and sculpture. 

  2. Integrate critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills whilst engaging with traditional and emerging media and processes relevant to teaching and learning in Senior Cycle Art programme.

  3. Present artworks and artefacts in an appropriate manner which reflects skills and know-how in the 3D and Design processes in the  Creative Workbook and Art Portfolio.

  4. Demonstrate specialist skills in the areas of ceramics and sculpture and appreciate the health, safety and environmental considerations associated with the materials and processes.

  5. Demonstrate an ability to respond to a set brief by engaging in workshop process, debate, seminar and tutorial activity by articulating ideas and design problems

  6. Evaluate and reflect on personal learning process, creative outcomes and identify teaching strategies related to the Senior Cycle Art programme.

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