Art Department at Loretto
The Art Department at Loretto provides pupils with a Foundation course in painting, printmaking, ceramics, 3D and contextual studies with an emphasis on observational drawing and encouragement to develop their own practice. They are encouraged to work independently outside lessons.
A number of specialist workshops and artists in residence provide a stimulating activity programme, including Life Drawing, Mixed Media, Graphic illustration, Animation, Photography and Textiles. We also open the department after academic lessons for activity sessions for all pupils.
The disciplines, which are formally taught, include Drawing and Painting, Printmaking, Textiles, Sculpture, Pottery and the History of Art. Black and White photography and Life drawing are offered as co-curricular activities by specialist staff. There is currently one full time member of staff and two part time members of staff. The department follows the OCR GCSE and A Level syllabus concentrating on Fine Art.
Throughout the last ten years, the department has achieved strong GCSE and A Level results, and many pupils have gone on to pursue courses at leading art colleges and universities. Pupils have the opportunity to enter national and local art competitions.
In the past 5 years many students have been awarded National Art Prizes such as the Royal Scottish Academy Schools Art Award.
We take full advantage of our location and make regular visits to the Edinburgh galleries where pupils can engage first hand with the work of artists. The galleries we visit include www.nationalgalleries.org, fruitmarket.co.uk, www.royalscottishacademy.org, www.scottish-gallery.co.uk, www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk, and www.jupiterartland.org.