Wednesday, 10 April 2019

5th year - notes on LA TENE (for 2011 art history essay)

Wed. 10th April.

Fifth years please use the notes below to answer part B (on la tene style) of the recent 2011 art history question (scroll down to find the question).  This has to be submitted on Friday.

La Tene –

·                      By the mid fifth century the centre of power and wealth in Europe had moved northwards and westwards to the Rhineland and next to the areas of present day France.
·                      This was where the La Tene culture came into being because some of the Celtic people came from an area known as La Tene in Switzerland.  It was part of the celtic culture to throw objects into lakes as a ceremonial offering and la tene is a prime example of a European celtic site, with great deposits of weapons and other objects found in the lake.
·                      This culture reached far beyond la Tene.  It had contact with many areas, such as the Mediterranean and the East.  This contact is reflected in the style of the artwork associated with this time.  The art form was varied but repetitive and very decorative.  Motifs were borrowed from Eastern and Greek ideas with special emphasis on plant forms such as the honeysuckle, and these, together with flowing tendrils, were blended into a distinctive style of abstract and curvilinear patterns.
·                      This style, which developed in central Europe around 300 BC was know as the waldalgesheim style and it was an offshoot of this which reached Ireland.
·                      Iron was commonly used at the time for implements and weapons.  Bronze was used more for ornamental objects.  Gold was also used for ornament.
·                      It is not certain when and where the celtic peoples first came to Ireland.  It is believed to have been around the first century AD.

Extra Notes on La Tene.....

La Tene Style:

By the 5th century BC a new style of Celtic Art had developed.  It combined influences from classical Greek and Roman art, the Etruscans, the Scythians and Oriental Art with the Celtic Style.  This style is called la Tene after a site on the shores of Lake Neuchatel in Switzerland where the diagnostic examples were found.  This new style combined leafy palmate forms with vines, tendrils, lotus flowers, spirals, scrolls, lyre and trumpet shapes into a sinuous, abstract style which the Celts used to decorate ornaments and weapons.  The migrations and invasions of the Celtic peoples throughout Europe in the 5th and 4th centuries BC helped to spread the style.  By the 3rd century BC, La Tene art was evident in Ireland, initially i the form of imports.  Gold collars found in Co.Roscommon, scabbard plates found in north-east Ulster and a sword hilt in the shape of a human figure found in the sea at Ballyshannan were all probably imported from Europe.  These finds of weapons and valuables in rivers, lakes and at the seashore speak of rituals and offerings among the Celtic people associated with water. (the legend of  King Arthur, for eg, contains a story of a sword being thrown into a lake following the death of a warrior returning the power associated with it to the other world)

Friday, 5 April 2019

5th year art history essay for Friday 12th April

Friday 5th April.

5th year art please complete the following essay for next Friday 12th April.

Anyone who has not handed up 2014 Q. 1 or 2012 Q2 they need to be handed in early next week please for correction.

Q. 1. The two pieces of neck jewellery illustrated on the accompanying sheet are examples of pre-Christian metalwork. Name, describe and discuss both examples referring to the period in which they were made, materials, form, decoration and the techniques used in their production. and Discuss briefly the influence of the La Tène style on later Irish art of the early Christian period. Illustrate your answer.

Monday, 1 April 2019

1st year - Shell Final Piece - Examples & Info.

Monday 1st April.

Some examples of a Shell final piece:

Your final piece must be on A3 size paper.  It can be landscape or portrait. You can give it a background also.  You can use any medium of your choice that we have tried & tested over the last few weeks: oil pastel, acrylic paint, pencil, watercolour, colouring pencil OR a combination of 2, 3 of 4 mediums together.  Your shell must be drawing up LARGE & in the centre of the A3 page (composition).

Try and pay special attention to TONE (light & dark) and DETAIL (all of the wee patterns & decoration you can see in your own shell)

Thursday, 28 March 2019

5th year Art History essay - Due Friday 5th April

Friday 29th March '19.

Fifth year art students please complete the following essay for next Friday 5th April.
I have attached the marking scheme for 2012 Q. 2 below.
The images are also at the bottom.

2012 Q. 2 - HL 

Q. 2. Name and discuss the two objects which are illustrated on the accompanying sheet. Refer in your answer to function, materials, skills and decorative techniques.
 Briefly describe two other types of metalwork from this period.
 Illustrate your answer


A) Name of two objects illustrated on the accompanying sheet.  - 5 

B) Discuss object 1 referring to function, materials, skills and decorative techniques.  - 15 

C)Discuss object 2 referring to function, materials, skills and decorative techniques.  - 15

D) Brief description of two other types of metalwork from this period.  - 10

E) Sketches. 5 

Total: 50

Friday, 22 March 2019

5th year - Art history Essay

Friday 22nd March.

Please complete the following past exam paper question and hand it in on Friday 29th March.

It can be argued that the most impressive early tombs in Ireland were passage graves. Discuss this statement with reference to one named passage grave and two other types of named tombs from either the Mesolithic or Neolithic periods. 
In your answer describe and discuss their structure, decoration, and location.
 Briefly discuss what you know about the people who built these tombs and their spiritual beliefs. 
 Illustrate your answer.

2014 Q. 1 Marking Scheme:

 A -  Discussion of statement with reference to named passage grave, discussing and describing the structure, decoration and location  - 20 

B  - Description and discussion of two other types of named tombs  - 15

C -  Brief discussion on the people who built these tombs and their spiritual beliefs -  5 

D  - Sketches -  10 

Total -  50 

Thursday, 21 March 2019


Thursday 21st March '19

Following on from last nights Parent/Teacher meeting below as the following dates - Everyone has this already but just a reminder:


Easter Midterm from -12th  & back on Monday 29th April


SUPPORT STUDIES (3D artist & Bookcraft artist) - Wed 1st May