Porthcawl Comprehensive School / Ysgol Gyfun Porthcawl


Mrs L Thompson (Head of Technology and Art)

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Term 1 – Charles Darwin and the journey on The Beagle

The topic for the term involves the study of Charles Darwin’s journey aboard The Beagle, focussing on the Galapagos Islands. Pupils produce a journal and experiment with a range of materials and processes to develop skills. These include: Drawing, mixed media, 3D and a written element.

Term 2 – Drawings based on Natural Forms

Drawing based on Natural Forms: aimed at developing drawing skills using a wide range of materials, including pencil, charcoal and chalk, pen and ink etc. Pupils are introduced to the work of relevant artists throughout the project.

Term 3 – 3D modelling techniques

Work is inspired by the study of natural forms from the previous term’s work. Pupils experiment with a variety of 3D modelling techniques, using clay to develop knowledge of basic skills within the medium. The final outcome is intended to be a vessel constructed using one of the techniques explored.

Ways in which parents can help

  1. Encourage pupils to draw at home. (Real objects rather than comics)
  2. Try to provide good quality materials and drawing implements (2B pencil rather than HB for instance.)
  3. Try to ensure that pupil homework is completed and a suitable amount of time spent on it.

Useful books/magazines/publications:

  1. Artists and Illustrators Magazine.
  2. The 20th Century Art Book.
  3. Pop Art.

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)

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 A2 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 (12 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, Ceramics, Textiles, Computer Graphics, Art Therapy, Teaching etc.

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