Subject Overview 

The aim of the Drogheda Grammar School Art Department is to provide a creative visual education and to develop practical skills in various areas of art, craft and design. We promote visual awareness, research skills and the development of ideas.

Our pupils have access to an excellent range of drawing and painting materials, along with craft equipment such as printing presses, electric kiln, sewing machines and pottery wheels. There is also an overhead projector and I.T equipment in the art room.

We prepare our pupils to visually investigate the world around them through drawing, painting and 3D construction. Our pupils use critical thinking and evaluation skills to develop an idea from a starting point to a final product.

We aim to foster a lifelong appreciation of visual culture, including painting, sculpture graphic design, product design and crafts. Pupils learn how to evaluate their own artwork and the artwork of others, and examine it in the context of art history.

Pupils are encouraged to visit galleries, museums and to develop an awareness and enjoyment of the visual world around them.

Junior Cycle

The Junior Cert Art Craft Design course is project based. Pupils will learn key skills in drawing and painting through investigation and observation of the world around them and through imaginative work. They will learn a variety of new crafts including ceramics, batik, printmaking, textiles and puppetry and will have access to a wide range of drawing and painting and 3-D media.  They will be introduced to art history and will learn to make links between their own work and that of other artists, designers and craft workers. They will learn how to work independently and be self motivated. They will also develop skills in time management and planning through individual, self led project work. Pupils are encouraged from first year to develop self awareness and critical thinking through assessment of their own work and group work.

Click here to  visit Junior Cycle Art curriculum.

Transition Year

Transition Year Art gives pupils the opportunity to experiment with processes or projects without the restriction of a final exam. There is an opportunity for group work, cross-curricular projects, or producing personal portfolios.

Senior Cycle

The Leaving Cert Art curriculum consists of two main components – practical and written.

The practical component of the course develops pupils’ skills in drawing, design and craft. Pupils are encouraged to take advantage of the wide range of media and craft disciplines on offer to them in order to reach their full potential. Crafts on offer include Batik, Calligraphy, Fabric Printing, Lino Printing, Poster Design, Puppetry, Screen Printing and Weaving.

The written component of the curriculum focuses on History and Appreciation of Art, which accounts for 37.5% of the overall mark for Leaving Certificate. The History element covers Irish and European art history and the Appreciation section focuses on developing pupils’ awareness and appreciation of the world around them. It fosters an appreciation and understanding of product design, ergonomics, architecture and town planning, film and animation, public spaces and sculpture; and museums, galleries and interpretative centres. Throughout the course pupils are taken to galleries and museums and are encouraged visit galleries at home on a regular basis and abroad when the opportunity arises.

Click here to visit Senior Cycle Art curriculum.

 Career Opportunities

Advertising Fashion Design Print making
Animation Fine Art Publishing
Architecture Game Design and Development Product Design
Arts Administration Graphic Design Special Effects for Film
Art History Illustration Teaching
Art Therapy Multimedia Web Design


Additional information

Time Allocations


 First Years (3 week rotation until the midterm break)  2 double classes a week
 Second Years  2 double classes a week
 Third Year  2 double classes a week
 Fourth Year  1 double and 1 single class a week
 Fifth Year  1 double and 3 singles (including 1 Art History)
 Sixth Year  1 double and 3 singles (including 1 Art History)


Portfolio preparation 

Portfolios for third level Art courses can be worked on during Art Club, which happens once a week after school.

Art of the Month

Artwork is displayed in the art rooms and in the wider school community.  The ‘Art of The Month’ board is displayed prominently in the school reception, and displays a selection of successful artwork produced in the past month.


Art Blog

‘Our Art department have started a new blog displaying a variety of student drawings, paintings, prints and 3D work. It also shows pieces chosen to be displayed on the ‘Artwork of the Month’ board in the school’s reception. The blog can be accessed at