Design Technology

Art and Design


During session 2015-16, you will find new resources appearing here.


Links will appear to resources/films/and websites which will help with all areas of your coursework from S1-S6. Keep checking the Art pages for your year group, as these are often regularly updated with deadline dates/ exam dates/ homework/ information/competitions/games and films!




Fraserburgh Academy – Art and Design web pages

How to find your way around the website…….


S1- on the S1 page –find out about homework and take a look at some fun websites that will help you with course work.


S2- on the S2 page –find out about homework and take a look at some fun websites that will help you with course work. Also look at examples of Artists and Designers work.


S3 cfe- on the S3 page –find out about homework and take a look at some fun websites that will help you with course work. Also look at examples of Artists and Designers work.


S4/5 N4/5- on the N4/5 pagesfind out about course work, deadline planners and homework. Take a look at information on artists and designers work that will help you complete unit 1 expressive and design.


S5/6 Higher – on the Higher pages –find out about course work, deadline planners and homework. Take a look at information on artists and designers work that will help you complete both expressive and design units and folios.


S5/6 Higher Photograph – on the Higher Photography pages –find out about course work, deadline planners and homework. Take a look at information on artists and designers work that will help you complete both expressive and design units and folios.


Art Gallery – this will show you the work of Fraserburgh Academy students and SQA exemplars…look out for your own art work appearing online!


Click on Art Careers if you are interested in finding out about careers in art and design


Art / Design and Photography Competitions…



The Nat 5 exam is 1 hour 10mins long and 4 questions must be answered in this time.


Parents may wish to know that Hodder-Gibson have published a book called “How to pass National 5 Art & Design”

at £10.99 (ISBN:9781444187328) This is part of a series of study books for various SQA subjects.

Practical work guides, exemplar questions/ art vocabulary usage/ etc can be found in this book, and it may be a good guide for preparation and study at Nat 5 in this subject.

This book is available for online purchase where you may find it cheaper.

















For Pupils and Parents:  

S4/5 Expressive Unit Deadlines for Session 2015-16 can be found on the right.



Pupils should note that Assessment deadlines must be met on time, to pass in each unit.



Progress concern letters will be sent if deadlines and targets have not been met.

The Expressive Units 1 and 2 and Expressive Still Life essay should be completed before the summer holidays and the Design units 1 and 2 and Design essay to be completed by the end of March 2016, in preparation for Final Portfolio send off for National 5 pupils at the end of April 2016


(2016 SQA deadine dates have yet to be announced)



S4+5+6 Nat 4 ,Nat5 and Higher ·        This plan outlines the scheme of work for this year. All pupils will be required to meet the same deadlines.

·        Please put this year plan in a safe place and copy the deadlines into your year planner.

·        You MUST meet each deadline. Failure to do so will result in referrals and progress concern letters. If you repeatedly fail to meet deadlines this will result in non presentation.

·        For N4/5 homework please see your teacher for Higher Homework please refer to your homework booklet with instructions and exemplars.


  Wk. Beg Year Plan 2015/16
1 1st June   Begin Expressive research – incl contextual studies ·        Theme based – study – Tip- the stronger the theme the better your work will be. ·        Begin research on the work of 2 artists – one historical one


·        Homework –Single study –Pencil Drawing- Tone


2 8th June   Continue Expressive research… ·        Theme based – study·        Continue research on the work of 2 artists – one historical one


·        Homework –Composition – Pencil Drawing-Tone


3 15th June   HOL 15tth ·        Continue Expressive research…·        Theme based – study·         Homework –Composition – Biro pen drawing-Tone
4 22nd June   ·        Continue Expressive research…·        Theme based composition ·        Homework –Single study – Fibre pen – Tone


5 29th June   ·        Continue Expressive research… ·        Homework –Composition – Fibre pen – Tone


·        *DEADLINE* by Thursday hand in research for unit 1 Expressive (research –comparison essay on 2 artists )and 3 quality studies selected from your work to date and 2 composition ideas for unit 2. These will be marked pass or fail by marking panel.


·        Failure to hand in the above work will result in a progress concern letter home.


·        Failure to complete work to the required level will result in work having to be redone during holidays.



Highers only holiday project – 2-3 theme related studies or compositions.



Term One
5 17thth Aug INSET17th INSET18th *DEADLINE* –for unit work that had to be redone during the holidays.  
6 24th     Aug Begin Expressive development – one composition idea-  ·        Homework –Composition– Monochrome – Coloured pencil drawing
7 31st Aug ·        Continue Expressive development… ·        Homework- Composition –– oil pastel drawing
8 7th Sept ·        Continue Expressive development… ·        Homework –Composition –Watercolour Written Test and two homeworks completed by S4+5+6
9 14th Sept ·        Continue Expressive development… ·        Homework –Composition– Mixed media
10 21st Sept  ·        Continue Expressive development…·        Homework –Composition – free choice of media


*DEADLINE* –– By Friday- From your work, select a minimum of 3 quality expressive composition development drawings/colour studies/ paintings to your teacher for assessment.  


11 28thSept Begin Design Research – incl contextual studies –Looking at the work of 2 designers ·        Theme based research – Tip- the stronger the theme the better your work will be. ·        Homework research designers work (market research + theme.)
12 5thh Oct ·        Continue Design Research…  ·        Your own ideas minimum of 2 – annotated – explain use of materials/technology


·        Homework-Research the work of 2 designers –write a comparison essay


Term Two
13 26th Oct ·        Continue Design Research… research/experiments with materials and techniques ·        Homework – Exemplar questions – Expressive
14 2nd Nov ·        Continue Design Research… research/experiments with materials and techniques ·        Homework – Exemplar questions – Design
15 9th Nov INSET12th INSET 13th *DEADLINE* – By Friday – Unit 1 and 2 – Design to your teacher for assessment – this can be blue tacked
16 16th Nov Design Further Development ·        Homework – Exemplar questions – Expressive
17 23rd Nov ·        Continue Design Development…
18 30th Nov ·        Continue Design Development… ·        Homework – Exemplar questions-Design
19 07th Dec ·        Continue Design Development… 
20 164h Dec *DEADLINE*All Design Further Developments to your teacher for assessment – this can be blue tacked
Term Three
21 4thh Jan  Past Papers and exemplar questions. 
22 11th Jan PRELIMS BEGIN… 
24 25th Jan Continue Final Expressive Outcome  
25 1st Feb Complete Final Expressive Outcome  *DEADLINE* – Final Expressive Solution to your teacher for assessment HOL6th
26 8th Feb HOL8th INSET9th  INSET10th  
27 15th Feb  
28 22nd Feb Begin Final Design Solution  
29 29th Feb ·        Continue Final Design 
30 7th Mar ·        Continue Final Design… 
31 14th Mar ·        Continue Final Design…  
32 21st Mar ·        Complete Final Design and evaluation – see your teacher for evaluation questions  
33 28th Mar DEADLINE* *********FINAL DEADLINE FOR ALL WORK**************see your teacher if you cannot meet this deadline!  

This will mean you need to complete work during the holidays!


Term Four
34 18th April Revision for Art Exams  
35 25th April All work sent to the SQA for central marking SQA EXAMS START   01/05?
36 2nd May HOL5th 
38 9th May  
39 16th May  
40 23rd May   C for ETHEME DAY  C for ETHEME DAY   C for ETHEME DAY  
1 30th May New Timetable starts
2 6th June  
3 13th June  
4 20th June  
5 27th June  





National 4/5 – Still Life Expressive Project The National 4/5 Expressive Project is based around Still Life.

During this unit you will produce your own Still Life Drawing or Painting, and learn a variety of drawing and painting techniques. You will also study the Still Life work of TWO well known artists.

You will be given a choice of two of the following artists :

Vincent Van Gogh, Samuel J Peploe, Frank Colclough, Susan Abbott, Anne Redpath, Archie Forrest, Paul Cezanne, David Hockney. These artists are from different time periods, and paint using different styles, techniques

and media.





N4/5 – Expressive – still life – Checklist


During this expressive project you must complete the following pieces of work.

Check these off on the following checklist once you have completed these.


Research and Investigation

  • 6 analytical studies (A5 – A4 max size) in different media, based on still life objects from your selected artist’s


  • 6 homework drawings of various still life objects relating to your theme.


  • Collect information on the work of two still life artists – as directed by your art teacher. Also make a collection of 4 still life paintings by these artists- you will find examples of their work on RM shared documents – Art
  • Annotate and add personal opinions and comments on these works. Use the word banks on RM shared documents


Development stage

  • Develop a minimum of 2 compositions using a variety of media and techniques as demonstrated by your teacher.
  • Homework – 4 small theme related compositions using different media.



  • From the compositions you have developed for unit 2, you will develop 2 further compositions using different media, for the Expressive folio which will be sent away for marking by the SQA.


  • You now need to complete a final painting/artwork which can be any size from approx. A2 up to A1.


  • The development and the final painting should be neatly mounted, annotated and evaluated.


Well done you have completed the Expressive- Still Life course!




Vincent van Gogh

Vincent Willem van Gogh was born in Groot-Zundert in a predominantly Catholic area of the south Netherlands in 1853. He began to draw as a child, but came late to painting, having attempted careers in the art trade, teaching and the church. By 1886, Van Gogh was living in Paris. His work, at this time, contained a moralistic theme and he painted with a dark, sombre palette. However, he became an avid experimenter in new techniques. In Paris he was influenced by the revived interest in woodcut and by the Impressionists. His time spent with Pissarro, Degas, Gauguin, Seurat and Toulouse-Lautrec. He was influenced by Japanese prints (Ukiyo-e), which were inspiring French avant-garde artists at the time, and this caused his work to undergo a transformation. As a result, Van Gogh began to show an interest in the depiction of light and airy movement, using a lighter palette and freer brushstrokes. He became less concerned with realism and more concerned with capturing emotion in his work and used colour in a symbolic and expressive fashion. In 1889, at his own request, Van Gogh went into an asylum at Saint-Rémy in France, where he produced his famous ‘Starry Night’. His work showed an increasingly emotional style and content, reflecting his ever more disturbed state of mind, brought about by what medical authorities now suspect may have been a cerebral lesion. By 1888, he had settled at Arles in the South of France. He worked at a prolific pace despite suffering poverty, nervous crises and depression. He had been keen to set up an ‘Artists’ Co-operative’ at Arles and had the support of Gauguin to undertake this. However a disagreement developed and, as a result of Van Gogh’s ensuing emotional crisis, he cut off his left ear. By 1890, Van Gogh’s depression was more acute. On 29th July he died from a self-inflicted bullet wound. Van Gogh sold only one painting in his lifetime and the art world knew little of him at the time of his death. However his fame grew rapidly thereafter and he was a huge influence on the Expressionist, Fauvist and early abstraction movements. Van Gogh’s stormy and dramatic life became just as famous as his artwork. He has been the subject of many biopics, such as the 1956 ‘Lust for Life’ in which he was portrayed by Kirk Douglas. More recently, Tim Roth portrayed him in Robert Altman’s 1990 film ‘Vincent & Theo’, and singer/songwriter Don McLean’s ‘Vincent’ reached number one in the UK charts in 1972.

Source – scran website – link on Wiredshire page

Examples of Still life paintings by – Vincent van Gogh







Samuel John Peploe was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1871. He was the oldestartist in the group of artists known as the Scottish Colourists.

Peploe had good ability in drawing and painting. By 1893, he had enrolled for art classes in TheTrustees’ Academy, which later became the Edinburgh College of Art. Thefollowing year he was in Paris, at the Academie Julian, studying art.From 1901, Peploebegan a lifelong habit of taking painting trips to Northern Franceand to the Scottish Hebrides (mainly Iona), with artist J.D. Fergusson. He oftenexhibited paintings at the Royal Scottish Academy, and had his first one-man show atthe Scottish Gallery in 1903. His second one-man exhibition was in 1909.


He is best known for his Still Lifes of tulips, fruits, vases and householdobjects. He concentrated on a few simple objects: Chinese vases, a black fan, abook, fruit, fabric and flowers – and in particular, tulips or roses. Peploe’s 1905painting “Still Life with Coffee Pot”, sold in May 2011 at Christie’s Art auctionin London, for £937,250. It holds the record for the most expensive Scottish painting sold at auction. The previous record for a work by Peploe was £623,650 for“Tulips”, sold in 2010.


Peploe chose to paint still life, figures, landscapes etc. His landscapes from 1914 onward were often painted in Iona and in Kirkcudbright. He began to use paler colours such as: greys and pinks. This was partly due to a move to a new, lighter

painting studio in York Place, Edinburgh, and his visits to France.In 1910, he married Margaret MacKay. They met on a painting trip to Barra. They moved to Paris, France to work and live. Living in France changed his use of colour,which became brighter and more vivid. He saw the work of the French Fauve artists (Fauve = the Wild Beasts). He was very impressed by the colourful, daring paintings by Henri Matisse, the leader of the Fauves. Influenced by the work of Matisse, Peploe began to use simpler shapes, brighter colours, definite light, dark and middle tones, and bold outlines around shapes in his paintings.


For the next fifteen years Peploe painted in brilliant colour, developing a style containing some new painting techniques, such as use of tonal ranges/ brilliant colour/ dry-brush technique/ trying to give objects a simple 3D form in his paintings etc. He was most interested in the balancing of tone, colour and use of simplified shapes in his paintings.

By the end of the 1920’s he had returned to a cooler range of colours.








Exemplar Research Material : Samuel J Peploe

Annotated notes and Artist paintings, and your own drawings and paintings of your still life group make up this sheet)



You can find some drawing and painting technique Demonstration films, to help with your Still Life project:
Look at the YouTube Films, which demonstrate drawing and painting techniques used in this Still Life painting unit. Web Links: Tonal drawing Draw still life Make a sketchbook Drawing plants/V&A museum Drawing plants

Link to National 4/5 Design Course page