Saturday 23 June 2012


The Leaving Cert Craft Exam is a 5 hour exam and is broken down into 3 steps.
To view this years exam papers click on:

Craft Exam
Step 1: Preparatory Sheet (RESEARCH)
Step 2: Preliminary Sheet (DEVELOPMENT) (10 marks)
Step 3: Finished Craftwork (90 marks) 

Lino Printing Design Theme
                                             Klaudia Manska

Down The Street
Caoilionn Beirne

Ellen Bagjala 

Katie Jones

Looking Out
Shauna Creighton

Poster Design Themes:

Fiona O Connor

James Joyce

Nicole Boyle

Dylan Kelly

Weaving Themes
Bright Lights, Big City
Jessica Watts

Junior Cert Art Project of the Year 2012

Congratulations to Jennifer Leyden on achieving Junior Cert Art Project of the Year. Jenny's project was unanimously voted first place by her classmates and Ms Kelly. As part of the prize Jenny receives a full blog post, dedicated to her entire project.

Looking at nature : By Jennifer Leyden
I chose the theme 'Looking at nature' to base my Junior Cert art project on, as I was able to incorporate horses under this title. I found the tasks of the project daunting at first, but after work had begun on the different sheets, I began to look forward to each art class. For my 3D part of the art project, I veered completely away from horses and more so towards insects and bees. Ms. Kelly helped me develop my design ideas and structure the final display, consisting of three black and yellow bees surrounding a white beehive. I enjoyed learning how different materials such as clay, wire and cardboard, could be used to create realistic art forms and sculptures, in addition to paint and colour.

Sheet 1 - Prep work for painting

Sheet 2 - Completed Painting

Sheet 3 - Support Studies for Painting

Sheet 4 - Prep work for 3D

5 - Completed 3D

Close up of completed 3D

Sheet 6 - Prep work for craft option - Lino Print

Sheet 7  - Completed craft option - Lino Print

Sheet 8 - Support Studies for 3D and Craft Option (Lino)

Sheet 9  - Object Drawing Exam

Sheet 10 - Life Drawing Exam

Thursday 7 June 2012

Roscommon Schools Sculpture Competition

'Feeling Sheepish'

LCA 1 Visual Art students entered their sheep sculptures into The Roscommon Schools Sculpture Competition.This is a very exciting event that takes place throughout the Summer in Strokestown Park, schools from all over County Roscommon have been invited to take part, by creating a piece of sculpture that reflects or is inspired by Strokestown Park. Be it the architecture or collections within the House, or the tragic story of The Irish National Famine Museum or the tranquillity of the walled Gardens & Estate that is up to the Students. Each piece of sculpture is placed along the Woodland walk. All visitors to the woodlands can vote for their favourite piece, with kind sponsorship from Investec Bank, the winning school will receive €3500.
The LCA sculpture pieces, entitled 'Feeling Sheepish' are on display at the start of the Woodland Walk 
So if you are visiting Strokestown park during the summer months, don't forget to vote!

Students created the sheep using fencing wire, covered with hundreds of pom poms made from recycled plastic bags, plaster of paris, paint and varnish. Well done to all the students involved for their hard work. 

Tuesday 29 May 2012

Awards Day & Student of the Month - May 2012

May was another busy month in the art room, with Junior Certs completing their projects and Leaving Certs completing their practical exams. The art room is looking very bare and clean as all groups have finished up their projects and everyone work is taken down from display.
Awards day took place on Monday, and Art had two subject awards.
Congratulations and well done to both students for all their hard work and dedication all year!

Subject Awards 2012 - Art
2nd Year - Aoife O Connell
5th Year - Aisling Mulligan
Aoife O Connell - Local Environment Mix Media Sheet
Aisling Mulligan - Clay Slab Ceramic
LCA Yr 1 students also received a very special award for their outstanding achievement, as a class group, for achieving full marks in their general education task, which involved their Identity Exhibition 
Identity Exhibition - General Education Task LCA 2012
I would also like to give a special mention and big congratulations to Darren O Connor, a very talented young artist in 3rd Year, who won 1st place in the U 16 Boys, National Community Games Art Award. What an achievement, well done Darren!

As a class, Junior Cert Students voted for their favourite Junior Cert Art Project of the Year for 2012. The winning project is by Jennifer Leyden, who thoroughly deserved the award. Well done Jennifer. Jennifer was a consistent hard worker all year round, and completed an excellent project on the theme of Looking at Nature. Part of the prize is a blog post dedicated to Jenny's full project, which will be posted after it has been examined in June. Click on link below to view

And on a final note, this is sadly my last week teaching in CCS, and the art room is full of lovely goodbye cards, wishing me good luck! So thank you again to all the students who created some very special and creative cards! So for the final time this year, here are the students of the month...congratulations to each student and to all the art classes who worked so hard all year. Wishing you all the best of luck in your exams and a happy and sunny summer holiday....Ms Kelly!

1st Year Ava Glancy
Shoe Design - Inspired by Gustav Klimt's painting 'The Kiss'

2nd Year Tina Kilgarriff
Animation Project

5th Year Lauren O Sullivan
Ceramic Slab Building - Inspired by Newgrange

LCA Anouska Avis
Sheep Sculptures  - 'Feeling Sheepish'
Entered into the Roscommon Schools Sculpture Competition,
in Strokestown  House Woodland Walk

LC Patrick Kelleher - Patrick loves history and really excels in his art history essays. He has put in huge effort all year round. Well done Patrick!

A few class photos from our last week of art class, best of luck again to all the exam groups!

Junior Cert Art Group 1
Junior Cert Art Group 2
Leaving Cert - Last art class!