S1/2 Course

Design Work

This work will demonstrate focus on the Design Process with pupils working from first or second hand sources as appropriate. Pupils will gain understanding of the importance of a Design Brief/s to learn about the restrictions of working to this brief. Awareness of Target Markets and Design Issues should also be a focus. Appropriate evaluating and appreciating of designers/design movements will form an integral part of work undertaken.

S2 Design work will demonstrate greater focus on the Design Process. Pupils will build on knowledge and experience gained in S1 of working within a brief to demonstrate sound understanding of issues and constraints to create functional and creative final solutions.In both years, appropriate visual elements will be studied, dependant on the nature of the activity undertaken.

Expressive Work

Pupils will be encouraged to work from first hand sources where possible & appropriate, and work should centre around the subject matter, methods and materials of the artist. Pupils will be encouraged in self-expression with a range of media, using a variety of techniques, to produce individual expressive piece/s of work.

Appropriate evaluating and appreciating of artists/art movements will form an integral part of work undertaken.

S2 Expressive work will continue to build on skills and pupils will be given the opportunity to explore new areas

In both years, appropriate visual elements will be studied, dependant on the nature of the activity undertaken.

Formal Testing

In addition to Design and Expressive bodies of work assessment, to further gauge knowledge & understanding, a number of formal Departmental tests will be used:


  • An Expressive Drawing Test will be undertaken by pupils as part of the Expressive body of work
  • A Department test of Design/Design Process will be undertaken by pupils 



  • An Expressive Drawing Test
  • A Departmental Test will be undertaken by pupils on the Visual Elements



  • A Department Clay test sheet will be completed with classes
Subject Areas

Individual teacher/s will decide on the themes for their units of work. Subject areas covered over the course of the two years:

  • Portraiture
  • Still Life
  • Fantasy & Imagination – to explore creativity in an imaginative context working from first hand or gathered resources
  • 2D Design
  • 3D Design – opportunities for pupils to translate 2D working drawings into 3D Design
  • Sculpture – this will deal with form, spatial relationships and other sculptural elements
  • Landscapes/Townscapes

Pupils will gain experience of the following media:

  • Clay
  • Pencils/coloured pencils
  • Paint – tempera, watercolour etc
  • Oil pastel
  • Chalk/Charcoal
  • Construction techniques
  • Mixed media
  • Photoshop
  • Collage
Visual Elements

Each body of work undertaken will focus on a number of visual elements appropriate to the individual task set.

  • Line
  • Tone
  • Texture
  • Colour
  • Shape
  • For
  • Pattern
Art/Design Movements

A variety of artists/designers/movements will be looked at. These include:

  • Impressionism/Post Impressionism
  • Cubism
  • Pop Art
  • Graffiti/Street Art
  • Sculpture
  • Art Nouveau
  • Art Deco
  • Contemporary Design

Social/Cultural contexts will be studied as well as Scottish contexts





MGS Art and Design Department