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Education in County Kildare

Second Level - Art

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Art - An Introduction

On this page you will find arts resources for teachers and pupils in second level education. Sites listed here will be a useful resource for art classes. Also if you wish to put up samples of pupils work, get in touch.

It is assessed at two levels, Ordinary Level and Higher Level

Junior Cycle - Art, Craft, Design


This syllabus aims to develop the expressive, communicative and functional modes of art, craft and design in the individual within the art class.

Drawing is the central activity to the syllabus and links with 2-D (painting and graphic design), 3-D, Options (craftwork) and Support Studies in art history.

Drawing is used for thematic ideas, designs and research. These activities encourage personal exploration and understanding of the different art and design elements.

Senior Cycle - Art (including crafts)

The Leaving Certificate Art syllabus is made up of four units. These units should be linked together and based on the everyday visual experience of the student's own environment.

The practical work can include Life Sketching, Still Life, Imaginative Composition, Design and Craftwork.

The History of Art and Appreciation is a broad course covering Irish and European Art, and also Art Appreciation. It requires looking at artworks through the use of reproductions, slides and art galleries, reading books and writing essays on different subjects.


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