The aims of the Art Department relate directly to those of the School, and to the requirements of the Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle Curriculum as set out by the DES and NCCA. St. Mary’s Charleville Art Department fosters the pursuit of knowledge and understanding in the area of Art History and Studio Art Practices. We are committed to creating an atmosphere tolerant of diverse views in which personal direction, pertinent technical skills, and critical thinking may converge. Intellectual inquiry and aesthetic expression are pursued through a multidisciplinary curriculum. It is the department’s goal to develop the student’s ability to think critically, communicate effectively, gain competency with new technologies and to work cooperatively for the benefit of the school community.