Art & Design

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have lots of dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solution without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.” 

–Steve Jobs

The Art & Design department at Royal School Armagh has a strong emphasis on drawing. We believe and practice that drawing is at the heart of everything we do. We want all students to enjoy studying art regardless of their innate ability, it is our job as teachers to help enhance and improve their basic art skills.

We live in an ever-changing modern world so we place a strong emphasis on the importance of ‘creative thinking’. We educate our students on the importance of realising the potential of their ability to express themselves and to value their inter-transferable problem solving skills developed in the art department, which can then be utilised in the wider society and students’ future careers. Students will have opportunities to produce work in both fine art and design.

The department is recongised nationally as successful, with many students at both GCSE & A level gaining top marks. Students’ work is regularly included in the CCEA best of GCSE & A level annual exhibition. Students have also been successful in art competitions but notably the Credit Union Ireland competition where some students were regional winners and Georgia Teague was a national winner in 2014.

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will”

– George Bernard Shaw

Junior School

In junior school students will follow the NI curriculum and will receive a ‘good grounding’ in art education by the department facilitating the students’ understanding of art through appreciation of different artists, art styles, practices and attitudes to art. We seek to develop the full potential of the individual in terms of creativity, imagination, sensitivity and spirituality.

We believe the importance of students understanding the role of art in the community and the wider world. We recognise the achievements of the pupils through showcasing work, mounting exhibitions and competitions.

Throughout key stage 3 students will be exposed to a wide variety of different disciplines such as construction, sculpture, mixed media art, textiles, printmaking, painting, drawing, ceramics and digital art. We believe in encouraging students to carry out first hand research and so students will be exposed to live art works and taken on site visits and gallery tours where possible. We do of course make the most of the wonderful examples of Georgian architecture on our doorstep! We strive to provide a classroom experience that will be lifelong and lead to a desire for further study and development in this subject.

Senior School

The department has a strong uptake at GCSE and A level for a specialist subject. We follow the CCEA specification and there are a high proportion of our students that go on to study arts based degrees across the UK and Ireland.

At A level a strong emphasis is placed on understanding art and its wider contexts, students are therefore students are regularly taken to exhibitions and they also complete a resident printmaking workshop to enhance their learning and understanding of art.

We have an excellent track record of achieving top results. We believe that forging good relationships with our students helps to foster the hard working atmosphere that is required to help achieve these results.