As an important part of their practical work throughout Leaving Certificate Art, students will use and maintain an Art sketchpad. The Art sketchpad is a collection of ideas, processes and work, in physical or digital form (or a combination of both).
In junior cycle Visual Art, the sketchpad is a record of the student’s own, personal and creative journey and this will continue through senior cycle. Throughout these guidelines, the student’s Art sketchpad will be referred to as a single document which may be taken to include one or a number of sketchpads containing a variety of work. The Art sketchpad will be used by students to record the world around them through observation of primary sources, to capture, record and develop their ideas, creativity, experiments, explorations and even realised work, which they will undertake as part of their course.
Students will use their Art Sketchpad to record relevant information they will collect to contextualise work they are doing, whether it is through drawings, colour studies, sketches, photographs, annotations, observations, digital work or though researching the work of other artists based on their learning in Visual Studies. As their sketchpad documents the student’s learning in their practical classroom artwork and realised works it will act as the student’s own personal and professional collection of their thoughts, ideas, research and work. This will help them in understanding the real-world application of an artist’s sketchpad as well as to develop ownership of their own learning.
The learning outcomes in each strand support planning for teaching and learning, the results of which will be evidenced in the Art sketchpad. For example, in the Research strand, students will use the Art sketchpad to record and explore primary sources; in the Create strand, students will use it to develop their ideas, work and techniques; in the Respond strand, students will use it to reflect on their work or that of others, including examples from their learning in Visual Studies.
For the purpose of certification, the SEC will issue a coursework workbook in which to record the work undertaken during the coursework period.