Presentation Secondary School Tralee
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Senior Cycle Art: Leaving Cert Art

Art is still a largely practical subject at Leaving Cert with about 60% of the marks for drawing and craftwork. Fifth and sixth years continue to build on the very same practical skills introduced in first year art. In addition they study Art History and Appreciation which forms about 40% of the marks at Leaving Cert.   This involves learning to "read" art by studying the art of the past, visiting galleries, learning about local architecture and archaeology. By studying Art you learn to make your own sense of what you see, to observe and describe it clearly and to form your own connections, responses and opinions. Even within the written Art History and Appreciation exam, significant marks are awarded for your own opinions and sketches as well as the factual information and vocabulary.  The Fifth and Sixth year Art trips to Dublin, Cork or Limerick are an important part of the course.

Change to practical exam for Leaving Certificate Art 2017

Starting with Leaving Cert 2018, students will complete the Still Life/Imaginative Composition as well as the Craft/Design component as course work in their Art Rooms over 10 weeks during January, February and March.  Students will select a theme from a single exam paper from which they will develop the two components. All the trial and error/experimental development of the ideas has to be shown through sketches and notations from primary sources in an A3 size workbook.  The final Still Life/Imaginative Composition piece and the completed Craft piece will then be made using the student's chosen materials. These changes aim to provide candidates with more time to develop ideas and display their best skills. There is a clear emphasis on developing ideas from direct observation of primary sources and on showing the "visual footprint" or the visual journey behind the finished pieces.

The 2.5 hour Still Life/ Imaginative Composition exam no longer exists

The 5 Hour Craft Exam and 2.5 hour Design Exam no longer exist.

The 1 hour Life Sketching exam is unchanged and will take place in May as before.

The 2.5 hr. written Art History and Appreciation exam is unchanged and takes place in June.

The new changes  will apply to students sitting their Leaving in 2018.

Further Study in Art: Third Level and beyond

There is a strong tradition of students from Presentation taking up Art and Design based courses at third level. Many of these past pupils return to the school to share their work and to chat about their experiences in areas such as Graphic Design, Fine Art, Fashion Design, Sculpture, Animation, Fashion Illustration, Beauty Therapy, Architecture, Costume design and Creative Media.



5th and 6th Year Art students were  taken to see a film "Loving Vincent" about artist , Vincent Van Gogh, on Friday 17th of November. The film is very relevant to the art history course as it uses both animation and painting techniques in the style of the artist. The film is being shown in the Killarney cinema only.


On the 22nd of September 2017, Mr.O'Sullivan's 5th & 6th year art classes went up to Dublin for our annual art trip. At 6.30 a.m. we all arrived at the library and began the long journey, accompanied by Mr. O'Sullivan and Ms. C Foley. At 10.45 we arrived at the National Gallery in Dublin.We met with our tour guide and began our tour at 11.00 a.m. The tour was very informative and we saw works by many artists such as Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso amd Jack B. Yeats. We were then allowed 30 mins to explore the gallery on our own. At 12.30 we went for lunch in the city centre. At 1.30, we got back on the bus and drove to the Hugh Lane Gallery. We began our tour at 2.00 p.m..Here we saw paintings by Édouard Manet, Sean Scully as well as the studio of Fransis Bacon. We were back on the bus again at 4.00 p.m. for the journey home. We stopped in the Obama Plaza for dinner on the way home and arrived back at the Library at 9.00 pm. after a great cultural day out.

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Ms. O'Sullivan's 5th year art class enjoyed studying Georgian Architecture in Tralee on Tuesday 19th of September when they visited the Courthouse building followed by viewing the Georgian building currently housing "Maryanne's Tearooms". The latter visit was a real treat as tea and scones were enjoyed while participating in a table quiz!

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6th year Art students at Pres Tralee are visiting Siamsa on Tuesday 18th of October to attend a talk by David O'Donoghue, co-founder of Stoney Road Press.


There was great celebrations in Presentation Secondary Tralee when the news arrived that Alice Jaeger of the Leaving Cert group 2016 had achieved the highest marks of any student in Ireland in her Leaving Cert Art examination this year.This is an amazing achievement and Alice will be presented with a special award by the Irish Art Teachers Association later in the month. We extend warmest congratulations to Alice, her very proud Art teacher, Mr. O'Sullivan and of course not to forget her proud Mom  - Ms. Jaeger!!

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Mr. O'Sullivan's 5th year Art class at Pres Tralee undertook a collaborative project with the whole school community to create an Irish Flag that symbolises the unity and cooperation in our school. The Flag consists of the thumb prints of all students and staff in our school. The Art students created 9 colours - 3 greens, 3 whites and 3 oranges in order to create a textured appearance in the Flag which has a width of 6 feet.

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Trying to get everyone's input took a lot of coordination and time - starting on February 22nd and ending on March 12th. The 5th year students had class lists of all students and ticked off everyone as they added their thumbprints and tracked people down who might have missed their slot.


The Flag spent time in the various social areas as thumb prints were sought but eventually it was time to put the finished flag on display. Sincere thanks to Colm, our school caretaker , for giving up free time on Saturday 12th of March to put up flag in Assembly area for all students and staff to view for many years to come. Thanks to the 5th years and to Mr. O'Sullivan for coordinating the unique and inclusive project.

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More Pictures in the Gallery!


A group of 5th year Art students participated in a trip to visit Newgrange and the National Art Gallery on Tuesday 3rd of November. At Newgrange, the students viewed the exterior of the complex and had a guided tour of the interior following a video presentation. As part of the tour, the   lights were turned off to make the students aware of just how dark the interior is and also to see the shaft of light breaking in from the outside. At the National Art Gallery, students also had a guided tour and viewed paintings by Picasso and Claude Monet amongst others. Thanks to Mr. O'Sullivan for organising the trip and to Ms. O'Carroll for accompanying the group as well on the day.



On Wednesday 30th of September, the 6th year Art trip to Cork took place. The trip involved visiting places that will be relevant to 3 sections of our Art course so as well as being enjoyable it was also extremely beneficial to our learning.

The first stop was Riverstown House, which was rebuilt in 1745, right in the middle of the Georgian era, which we are studying for our Leaving Cert. It is one thing to read about the key features of Georgian architecture like the plaster work and the use of colour but it is another thing to actually see it and be given the opportunity to sketch from observation. Mrs. Dooley,  who lives at Riverstown, gave us a tour and told us about each room including the famous La Franchini dining room.

After that, we went to the “English Market”  were we were given the task of taking photographs to help us with our Graphic design projects – another aspect of the Leaving cert art course. We found many interesting and quirky aspects of the market for our files. After this we enjoyed lunch.

Next, we visited the Crawford art gallery. Here we also had a guided tour. The Crawford gallery exhibits many influential Irish artists work – a lot of which we study on our syllabus. Afterwards, we all enjoyed wandering the space and taking time to sketch the paintings that caught our eye.

All in all, the whole class enjoyed the Art trip. It is always something to be looked forward to because as well as being very helpful for Art History and essay writing; it is also loads of fun.

Reflective Thought

" In winter, I plot and plan.

 In spring, I move."

 Henry Rollins



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