Porthcawl Comprehensive School / Ysgol Gyfun Porthcawl


Mrs V Hunt (SLT link to Technology and Art)

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Expressive Arts

In Year 7, pupils will receive five lessons a fortnight in Expressive Arts. This is made up of two lessons of Art, one lesson of Drama and two lessons of Music. Pupils will develop a range of skills through a thematic approach to the Expressive Arts, where each unit will end in a showcase or celebration of pupil's work. Pupils will also have a range of opportunities to experience working with outside providers and there will be many opportunities to further their skills in the rich extra-curricular programme provided - Various Lunchtime Clubs, Termly Concerts, and Showcase Evenings.

Term 1:

Theme: African Culture.

Learners will explore a sense of identity and belonging through the lens of African tribal cultures.
SKILLS: Pattern, Colour, Ceramic Work, Movement Skills, Ensemble Skills, Singing Skills, Keyboard Skills, Rhythm Skills

Term 2:

Theme: Land of My Fathers.

Learners will explore 'What it means to be Welsh', and strengthen their appreciation for Welsh traditions culminating in a celebration of pupil's work at the annual school Eisteddfod.
SKILLS: Observational Drawing, Imaginative Composition, Performance Skills, Storytelling Skills, Vocal Skills, Communication Skills

Term 3:

Theme: Discovery

Learners will discover artistic works that reflect time, culture and place
SKILLS: Drawing Skills, Communication Skills, Imagination and Empathy, Mime Skills, Slapstick Comedic Skills, Dialogue Skills, Improvisation Skills, Composition Skills

Year 8

Term 1 – Graphic Design Brief

As an introduction to Graphic Design pupils analyse and discuss logos and their function. They then design a Personal Logo based on their own initial. This links to them designing a Badge based on their own personal interests. They also create a decorated letter based on a particular theme. The theme of words and letters is continued when they create Pictograms which show the meaning of a word by altering the shape of the letters within it. They also sequentially change a word into an image of what the word represents in six stages.

Term 2 – Creative themes – Mythical creatures.

Develop imaginative skills to produce a strange creature. This covers frottage, 3D and collage, using colour to create mood. Artists use of colour is discussed and pupils are introduced to the colour wheel and its uses. The Psychology of colour is discussed as well as the use of colour in the everyday environment. Colour mixing is also introduced at this point.

Term 3 – Introducing pattern.

Introducing pattern as preparation for Year 9 themes. Pupils are introduced to work from a variety of cultures and use various materials/techniques to experiment with variety of pattern. A range of artists are studied and pupils are expected to enhance their understanding through increasing independent research.

Ways in which parents can help:

  1. Ensure that enough time is given to homework tasks.
  2. Try to give pupils the best materials to use at home that you can. (Paints, brushes etc.)
  3. Where possible try to take children to galleries and museums to experience works of Art first hand.

Useful websites:

  1. National Museum of Wales Website.
  2. Tate Gallery website.

Useful books/magazines/publications:

  1. Artist and Illustrator magazine.
  2. The 20th Century Art Book.
  3. Ways of Seeing, By John Berger.

Year 9

Term 1 – Hundertwasser Project

Pupils undertake an extended project on the work of the Artist Hundertwasser. During this project they have to build a portfolio of diverse work which builds on previous work. Pupils start by eliminating the half-tones from an image, producing two paintings, one positive, one negative. After extracting complex patterns from a variety of sources, pupils then use these patterns to decorate their first image using felt pens. This image is then scaled up and painted. The final version is then varnished to create a more polished outcome.

Term 2 – Hundertwasser Project Extension

The first image created in this project is now used to create a decorative 3D picture frame. The image is transferred onto cardboard and built up using a variety of materials to create a decorative effect. A frame is then cut from the card and the whole covered with tissue paper and painted to mimic a bronze effect.

Term 3 – Hundertwasser Project Extension

Images created in the previous terms are now used to create Ceramic pieces to augment the pupils' portfolios. Two Prep sheets are also created to show the pupils ideas and working methods.

Useful Websites

  1. Hwb – the Welsh Governments learning platform for schools
  2. National Museum of Wales
  3. Tate Modern

Useful Books/Magazines/Publications

  1. Artists and Illustrators Magazine.
  2. The 20th Century Art Book.
  3. Ways of Seeing, By John Berger.

Key Stage 4

Art and Design GCSE

The GCSE course is an interesting and varied one - it includes Fine Art, Drawing and Painting, Graphics and Art History.

Art and Design should enrich the lives of the students and a major contribution is that of arousing interest in their immediate environment and in encouraging responses to it through drawing and painting.

Design influences the lives of all as individuals and as members of the community, as consumers and as subjects of decisions affecting the environment. The Design Activity will involve Illustration, Letterform, Advertising, Printmaking, Computer Graphics, Photography, Textiles.

Students are also actively encouraged to study the work of other artists and designers, past and present.

Career Opportunities

Fashion Designers, Art Therapist in Hospitals, Interior Designers, Lay-out Artists, Architects, Fashion Journalist, Teachers, Lecturers, Theatrical Costume Designers, Advertising Agency Designers, Museum work.

Key Stage 5

Art & Design (Art, Craft & Design)

Course Details

Qualification Level: AS & A Level
Awarding Body: WJEC
QAN Ref. No. - AS Level: 601/5347/7
QAN Ref. No. - A Level: 601/5290/4

Course Content

Art is a subject that offers a diverse range of learning experiences. The course is broad, purposeful and relevant to all pupils' needs. At both A and AS level, students are given specific tasks within a brief and are encouraged to produce a variety of outcomes in different media. They are also expected to produce workbooks and preparatory sheets showing idea development. Critical contextual understanding will be demonstrated through both visual and written forms, with the A level coursework including a written element of no less than 1,000 words.

The examination at A level (15 hours) is comprised of an externally set task presented to the candidates at the start of the preparation period.

Assessment Procedure

AS Art 1 - Coursework unit - 40%

A level Art 2 - Coursework unit - 36%

A level Art 3 - Controlled Test - 24%

All work is externally moderated

Entry Requirements

Pupils are expected to achieve at least a Grade C at Art GCSE to undertake the AS course


Art Foundation, BA Hons. Degree in Fine Art, 3D Design, Graphics.

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