The Art and Design Department at Lagan College is a very active and energetic department. Currently the Department has five full-time, one part-time teacher and a full time technician. Art and Design is taken by all Key Stage 3 students and is offered at GCSE, AS and A2. During the three years of Key Stage 3 students have the opportunity to draw, paint, print, build, design, sculpt and create in many different media, everything from ‘hands on’ clay to ‘virtual’ work using digital media.
Following Key Stage 3, students have the option to take Art and Design as a subject choice at GCSE, AS and A2 Level. The Sixth Form programme is supported by a series of exhibition visits and practical skills workshops. All our students are encouraged to reach their full potential and this is reflected by consistently high results and successful art college applications.
Every year seems to be a busy year in the Art and Design Department and this past year has been no exception. The Department contributes to a wide range of activities and projects beyond the traditional curriculum. This past year has included:-
- Taking the Sixth Form on many gallery visits including the the excellent Rita Duffy and Basil Blackshaw shows at the FE McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge, Art in the Eastside III and a tour of the Creative Exchange Studios with artist Leslie Cherry and of course the annual Royal Ulster Academy Show at the Ulster Museum.
- In October 2012 the Art and Design Department was invited to help IKEA with their 25th Birthday in the UK celebrations. The pupils were asked to create a display for the Holywood Exchange Store by creatively ‘transforming’ some basic IKEA products. A Year 8 class ‘volunteered’ for the design challenge and were supplied with 30 Malma mirrors. The pupils had been making studies of natural forms prior to the project and devised an idea entitled ‘Reflections of Nature’. They worked in pairs to paint the mirrors with patterns inspired by the natural world and then assembled the mirrors in groups of three to create a garden of mirrored flowers. The pupils were invited to the Birthday celebrations and the ‘garden’ was displayed in the store during the following month.