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Art makes an important contribution to Kilkeel High School by helping promote the aesthetic, creative and critical development and understanding of all pupils in the school. It also offers the pupil with interest and motivation to develop to their full potential in the field of visual arts. It offers many transferable skills sought after in many different professions.

Art & Design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile, and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. Pupils use colour, form, texture, pattern and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. Through Art & Design activities, they learn to make informed, valuable judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions becoming actively involved in shaping environments. They explore ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers. They learn about the diverse roles and function of art, craft and design in contemporary life and in different times and cultures. Understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts have the power to enrich our personal and public lives which is what our practices in the department will promote.


Mrs. J. Houston

Mrs. S. McAlinden


The art and design Programme of Study has one attainment target, Investigating and Realising. 

  • Recording observations and gathering information as a stimulus for imaginative and creative work in both two and three dimensions.
  • The creative, imaginative and selective use of a wide range of art and design tools, materials and processes (drawing and painting, printmaking, textiles, information and communications technology, modelling with malleable materials and clay; 3D construction and sculpture).
  • Designing systems, artefacts or environments which will fulfil specific needs.
  • Using and combining the visual elements (line, shape and space, texture, pattern, tone, form and colour);
  • Describing, discussing and making informed and critical comments about their own and other people’s work;
  • Critically appreciate the work of local, national and international artists, designers and craft workers.




  • Learning how to mix colours through paint – Primary, Secondary and Tertiary
  • Complementary colours
  • Tints and shades
  • Acrylic painting
  • Digital art using Adobe Photoshop


  • Formal elements reinforced through a series of drawings in a range of media – pencil, pen, chalk pastels, oil pastels, paint and collage
  • Research work to seek inspiration
  • Design work to create plans for clay
  • Clay tile



  • Drawing skills – tonal pencil, coloured pencil, collage
  • Research to seek inspiration
  • Design work to develop ideas for clay and textiles
  • 3D clay pot
  • Textiles-batik cushion


  • Reinforce the formal elements through portraiture drawing


All About Me

  • Reinforce formal elements through still-life drawing of personal processions
  • Cubism – oil pastels
  • Acrylic impressionist painting – favourite landscape
  • Research to seek inspiration
  • 3D design work for clay
  • Clay mask
  • Work in an area of choice (choose from painting/drawing, textiles, film, animation, 3D sculpture)


GCSE Art & Design

Art & Design subject description at GCSE Level


AS / A-Level Subject Choice

Art & Design subject description at AS / A-Level


During Key Stage Three pupils will also have the opportunity to complete work for a range of local and national competitions. Each year we enter Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Environmental Calendar Competition, the Credit Union Art competition, KHS Anti-bullying week art competition and many others that we our presented with each year. In order to meet deadlines for these, schemes of work are on occasion put on hold for a week or two. We feel that it is important for young artists and designers to showcase their work. We have had much success within the Department. It is also a great way to promote Art and Design in the community.