Expressive Arts

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“Use what talent you possess, for the woods would be very silent if
no birds sang except those that sang best” – Henry van Dyke

Broad General Education

General statements:

The inspiration and power of the arts play a vital role in enabling our children and young people to enhance their creative talent and develop their artistic skills.

Skills development

Assessment in the expressive arts will focus on learners’ skills and abilities to express themselves through the three significant aspects of learning creating, presenting and evaluating and appreciating, in each of the components.

 

In Art and Design when learners are:

creating, they will:

  • draw with reasonable accuracy of representation from direct observation
  • select and apply media, techniques and visual elements to depict the visual qualities of objects, including fine detail
  • apply a combination of technical concepts, including ellipses with a degree of accuracy to create realistic form.

presenting, they will:

  • demonstrate understanding of how visual elements can create effect, mood and atmosphere
  • devise and use a workable process to take their own ideas to a solution, in design and expressive work.

evaluating and appreciating, they will:

  • select and interpret information from a range of sources
  • through analysis, demonstrate understanding of how artists and designers convey ideas, and effects
  • demonstrate giving and accepting constructive comment about their own and others’ work including the work of professionals.

 

In Dance when learners are:

creating, they will:

  • demonstrate control and fluency by applying choreographic devices.

presenting, they will:

  • create and perform dance sequences inspired by dance from different styles and cultures.

evaluating and appreciating, they will:

  • demonstrate their knowledge from research to enhance dance performance
  • demonstrate giving and accepting constructive comment about their own and others’ work, including the work of professionals.

 

In Drama when learners are:

creating, they will:

  • create and develop drama using stimuli (including text) using research and analysis that is planned and structured for different purposes
  • create a character and , in development, experiment with voice and movement techniques.

presenting, they will:

  • present dramas to an audience, portraying a range of distinctive sustained characters using dramatic techniques such as a range of voice, language and movement skills to enhance characterisation
  • select from a range of available theatre arts and technologies such as prop design and sound recording, to enhance performance and create an appropriate atmosphere for a drama performance.

evaluating and appreciating, they will:

  • through a variety of media, evaluate and reflect on their work and the work of others, showing understanding of a range of drama techniques, and suggesting improvements using Drama terminology
  • demonstrate giving and accepting constructive comment about their own and others’ work, including the work of professionals.

 

In Music when learners are:

 creating, they will:

  • produce a composition/improvisation folio demonstrating exploration of melody, rhythm, harmony, timbre, structure, dynamics and music technology compositions/improvisations will demonstrate skills acquired through performance.

presenting, they will:

  • perform music on at least two instruments/voice from a range of styles and culture demonstrating accurate pitch, melody, rhythm, timbre and dynamics
  • use performance directions, musical notation and/or playing by ear
  • demonstrate a musical flow with acceptable accuracy. Sing/play in parts with clear diction, in tune and with good posture.

evaluating and appreciating, they will:

  • evaluate and analyse music listened to from a range of styles and cultures, identifying features and concepts heard
  • demonstrate giving and accepting constructive comment about their own and others’ work, including the work of professionals.

SENIOR PHASE

General statements

Learning in, through and about the expressive arts enables children and young people to:

  • be creative and express themselves in different ways
  • experience enjoyment and contribute to other people’s enjoyment through creative and expressive performance and presentation
  • develop important skills, both those specific to the expressive arts and those which are transferable
  • develop an appreciation of aesthetic and cultural values, identities and ideas
  • prepare for advanced learning and future careers by building foundations for excellence in the expressive arts.

 

Courses delivered

Art and Design – N3, N4, N5, H and AH

In the Senior Phase, at all levels, we continue to build on pupils’ prior learning and experiences in Art and Design. Courses delivered enable pupils to communicate personal thoughts, feelings and ideas using art and design media, materials, techniques and/or technologies; to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and appreciation of art and design practice; to work imaginatively and develop individual creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking and reflective practice.

At all levels excluding Advanced Higher, there are 2 Mandatory Units – Expressive Activity and Design Activity. In Expressive Activity pupils will develop their personal thoughts and ideas in visual form and experiment with media in either 2D or 3D. In Design Activity pupils will plan, research and develop creative design proposals. This will help to develop their creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. At National 4 level there is an additional Added Value Unit in Art and Design Practical Activity. At National 5 and Higher level there is also Course Assessment which includes a portfolio and a Question Paper. In Advanced Higher pupils can choose to study courses in either Expressive or Design Work. This includes Mandatory Units in Studies and Enquiry in addition to Course Assessment which is portfolio based.

We continue to use the methodologies from the BGE but with more emphasis on pupil autonomy and independent learning. Homework continues to be an important part of courses, and pupils are expected to, on a regular basis, continue with practical coursework at home.

Individual assessment will be on-going throughout each course. All mandatory units are internally assessed within the department, subject to SQA verification and quality assurance. Course Assessment including the portfolio and question paper are marked by SQA.

 

Dance (National 5)

In the Senior Phase, we continue to build on pupils’ prior learning and experiences in Dance through Choreography and Technical Skills. National 5 provides more scope for personalisation and choice and skills development.

At National 5 level there are 2 Mandatory Units – Technical Skills and Choreography.  In Technical Skills pupils will develop their technical dance skills. This will be developed in a range of dance styles before being applied to choreographed sequences. Choreography will develop and use self-expression and creative problem-solving skills to create short choreographed sequences. At this level there is also Course Assessment which includes a performance and a practical activity.

We continue to use the methodologies from the BGE but with more emphasis on pupil autonomy and group work. Homework continues to be an important part of the Dance course and pupils are expected to learn choreographed routines on a regular basis to consolidate classroom learning this will help to enhance performance.

Individual assessment will be on-going throughout each course. All mandatory units are internally assessed within the Dance department, subject to SQA verification and quality assurance. There is an external performance to a Visiting Assessor.

 

Drama – N4, N5, H and AH

In the Senior Phase, at all levels, we continue to build on pupils’ prior learning and experiences in Drama Skills and Production Skills. All courses provide more scope for personalisation and choice and skills development.

At all levels there are 2 Mandatory Units – Drama Skills and Production Skills. In Drama Skills pupils will develop dramatic techniques and ways of communicating ideas to an audience. They will learn how to respond to text, stimulus and context; plus how to interpret role and character. Production Skills helps pupils to investigate theatre arts, production and technologies. At National 4 level there is an additional Added Value Unit. At National 5 level and onwards there is also Course Assessment which includes a performance (and project at Advanced Higher level) and a Question Paper at National 5 and Higher level.

We continue to use the methodologies from the BGE but with more emphasis on independent learning and group work. Homework continues to be an important part of the Drama course and pupils are expected to learn scripts on a regular basis to consolidate classroom learning this will help to enhance performance.

Individual assessment will be on-going throughout each course. All mandatory units are internally assessed within the Drama department, subject to SQA verification and quality assurance. There is an external performance to a Visiting Assessor at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher level. In addition all National 5 and Higher candidates will sit an external question paper.

 

Music – N3, N4, N5, H and AH

In the Senior Phase, at all levels, we continue to build on pupils’ prior learning and experiences in creating, understanding and performing music. All courses provide more scope for personalisation and choice and skills development. Pupils will also develop their understanding of musical literacy and add depth to their learning, raising their social and cultural awareness of music.

At all levels, there are 3 Mandatory Units – Composing Skills, Understanding (and analysing) Music and Performing Skills. At National 4 level there is an additional Added Value Unit in performance. At National 5level and onwards there is also Course Assessment which includes a performance (or portfolio at Advanced Higher level) and a Listening Question Paper.

We continue to use the methodologies from the BGE but with more emphasis on pupil autonomy and independent learning. Homework continues to be an important part of the Music course, and pupils are expected to revise concepts and practice their instruments on a regular basis to consolidate classroom learning this will enhance knowledge, skills and understanding.

Individual assessment will be on-going throughout each course. All mandatory units are internally assessed within the Music department, subject to SQA verification and quality assurance. There is an external performance to a Visiting Assessor at National 5 and Higher level with Advanced Higher level candidates choosing either the external performance or a SQA marked composition folio. In addition all candidates will sit an external question paper.