In Art and Design at Saltersgate School, learners are offered a variety of learning experiences in the setting of the specialist Art Room. Art and Design in the curriculum is essentially practical with the overall aim being to encourage choice and develop independence. All pupils at Saltersgate School experience Art and Design as part of their broad general education from S1-S3. This year the upper primary transition class also attend art for one period a week. The rest of upper primary have a seven week block in art during the course of the year.

Pupils’ work on individual projects as well as co-operatively on group work to communicate with others and creatively express themselves in different ways. Some work is related to the topic area for the term and includes seasonal projects such as Halloween, Christmas and Easter. Other art projects are tailored to meet the interests and needs of the individuals and/or class groups. Learners in all year groups regularly carry out self and peer assessment tasks to support learning and inform next steps.


The focus in upper primary and lower secondary is to develop core art skills such as drawing, painting, cutting, gluing, and personal organisation within the art room. Pupils get the opportunity to explore a range of materials and techniques in 2D and 3D including drawing, painting, mixed media, collage, Mod-roc, 3D junk modelling and construction , papier mache. Developing these skills through exploring a range of materials and processes in a progressive way gives pupils the the confidence to express themselves visually through making, designing,creating, presenting, discussing, evaluating and appreciating.


Art is used to encourage pupils to communicate their thoughts and feelings as they explore the elements of their environment; people, animals, the natural environment and the built environment. Pupils are able to create images in response to stimuli and as their confidence grows, they are able to experience, understand and appreciate the visual elements such as line, tone, shape, pattern and colour. Pupils are also encouraged to explore and discuss the work of a range of different artists and designers and to make connections with their own work.


Projects in Art have been designed to follow the CfE experiences and outcomes of which the statement for Art is:

“Through art and design, learners have rich opportunities to be creative and to experience inspiration and enjoyment. They explore a wide range of two- and three-dimensional media and technologies through practical activities, and create, express, and communicate ideas. Their studies of the works of artists and designers enhance their enjoyment and deepen their knowledge and understanding.” 

Art Option is a Senior Phase choice subject, accredited by SQA at the appropriate level. In senior phase the main aim is for pupils to develop projects which are centred on the specific needs and preferences of the individual. Senior phase pupils are offered a wide experience in the various formal elements of Art, including drawing, painting both from imagination and as well as from real life and from personal research and have the opportunity to achieve success in different areas of art including 3D work.