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Art & Design

Croeso i’r Adran Gelf / Welcome to the Art Department


Art is about creativity and self-expression. Art education is a balance between the development of practical skills and the encouragement of innovation and imagination.

Art activities promote independent thinking and learning, building self-confidence and self-esteem through positive achievement.

Art encourages pupils to formulate ideas, emotions and
 opinions. Through Art we understand humanity and how to make sense of the world around us.

At Glan-y-Môr we provide a stimulating, safe learning environment in which pupils are encouraged to explore and experiment with materials and ideas.

Our pupils are living in a period of rapid cultural change. The ever changing cultural and economic world demands creative thinking and imaginative ideas.

Art activities present our pupils with the necessary skill set to face the future with confidence.

The Art Department provides pupils in mixed ability classes at KS3 and KS4 with exciting opportunities to explore and develop creative and technical skills. Pupils are also encouraged to appreciate the work of different cultures and artists and to express their own thoughts, ideas and feelings.

The department aims to offer an extensive range of extra-curricular 
activities for the g
reater fulfilment of the individual. The department currently runs several educational visits per academic year to a variety of museums and galleries.  

The department aims to encourage the use of outside professionals to support the development of the curriculum. The department promotes strong links with Artists in Residence and we regularly welcome postgraduate students seeking work experience.


At Key Stage 3, pupils build on the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired at Key Stage 2. They achieve this through an increased ability to make connections between their creative investigations in the making of their own work and the work of other artists.

Art stimulates creativity and imagination by encouraging pupils to challenge the way in which they look at things, be receptive to new ideas and make informed judgments and practical decisions to communicate their ideas and feelings. They become increasingly independent in their choice of materials and processes, and from past experiences gain confidence in applying visual, tactile and sensory language. Exploration, appreciation and enjoyment in art and design enriches pupils’ life experiences.

Currently, Art lessons in Key Stage 3 are timetabled as follows:-

  • Year 7     2 lessons per fortnight
  • Year 8     2 lessons per fortnight
  • Year 9     2 lessons per fortnight

In years 7 to 9, pupils follow a balanced and creative course of study in which they learn and develop a variety of skills based on observation and imagination. All pupils are encouraged to explore a range of media and techniques, including painting and drawing, mixed media, 3D, ceramics and design work.


Art in Years 10 and 11 offers an unique vehicle for communication and self-expression, equivalent in importance to literacy and numeracy, encouraging the ability to research, observe, select and interpret with imagination and feeling.

Art4Art includes a complete spectrum of interrelated areas, craft and design activities, with the design element playing a significant role.

Design pervades every area of the syllabus and affects every aspect of society, responding to the pupils’ physical, spiritual and aesthetic needs.This course is designed for the majority of pupils, irrespective of their ability, and without any form of competition.

Pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills will be developed and enhanced by practical making and investigating.

Pupils will be encouraged to be creative, imaginative and to communicate in visual form.

The course will also contribute to pupils’ future development, including further/higher education – and life beyond school/college.

All pupils must maintain a high level of commitment throughout the courses, and will have an “equal opportunity” to sample and explore a wide range of artistic experiences, such as


Pupils will be assessed on their art, craft & design work, produced throughout the two year course.

Grades awarded will reflect levels of ability demonstrated by the pupils.


A Coursework portfolio, completed over 4 terms, demonstrating activities from the following assessment objectives:-

a)  Contextual understanding
b)  Creative making
c)  Reflective recording
d) Personal presentation 


An externally set task (minimum 6 weeks preparatory period, 10 hour practical test under supervision, which requires the completion of a theme or task from stipulated areas of study including, Drawing & Painting, Graphics, Textiles and 3D Studies, demonstrating activities from the same assessment objectives as above.

KEY EXAMINATION DATES:                                                   

* Exam Paper issued—JANUARY* Minimum of 6 weeks Preparation Period -

* 10 hour Externally Set Test (Exam) —MARCH

50 Suggested Websites for Art


1. Louvre
Discover the Louvre

2. Pompidou Centre
This site showcases some of the magnificent pieces of art at the Centre national d'art et de culture Georges Pompidou. Its aim is to create an original cultural institution in the heart of Paris completely focused on modern and contemporary creation.

3. National Gallery Online
This website showcases projects created by ITT (Initial Teacher Training) students using National Gallery paintings. This website provides all the information and resources ITT students need to use the National Gallery's unique collection for creative learning in the classroom.

4. Guggenheim Collection
View the works of famous artists as well as read about them in their biographies.

5. Washington DC National Art Gallery for Kids
Go through the guided tours of some art works and try your hand at some interactive art activities. They also have a great collage machine where you can make your own collage online using existing clip art available.

6. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
This website contains information about the collections, exhibitions and events at Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery. The Education section contains a link to the separate Schools Liaison website, which offers resources for teachers planning a visit and details of the object loans service.

7. The National Portrait Gallery
This section of the National Portrait Gallery's website has details of the education programmes and services run by the gallery for schools, adult groups and families.

8. The Metropolitan Museum (MET)
Explore and learn about art. Look at art history timelines and educational activities.

9. The Tate Online
All the resources you need for teaching art in the classroom, from Teachers’ packs to Teacher Training.

10. The 24 Hour Museum
The 24 Hour Museum is the UK’s National Virtual Museum. The site promotes publicly funded UK museums, galleries, archives and heritage attractions and seeks to get the message about Britain's great culture to a broad online audience nationally and worldwide.

11. African Masks - Information and Examples - Arty Factory
African Masks - African Mask Examples, African Mask Information, African MaskDesign, African Mask Artists, African Mask Styles, African Mask Materials

12. Engage – Gallery Education
Many galleries and art museums around the world now have gallery education departments, and gallery education programmes organised and delivered by gallery education staff, working with artist-educators, artists, teachers, professional partners and community leaders.

13. Curriculum Online – Art Case Study
In these inspiring and thought-provoking multimedia presentations, teachers share their experiences of using ICT at KS3. This video shows a year 9, mixed ability Art class being taught to manipulate digital photography and investigate the concept of exaggeration through the use of ICT.

14. Georgia O'Keeffe paintings, biography, and quotes.
Georgia O'Keeffe was a famous American painter, who was able to hold her own, and avoid the many changing artistic forms during her career

15. Mary Lloyd Jones
artwork, painting, Mary Lloyd Jones. ... Mary Lloyd Jones. Gwaith gan Mary Lloyd Jones/Work by Mary Lloyd Jones. iaith gyntaf • oriel • first language • gallery


16. Create a Creature
Learn how to draw a silly creature by following step-by-step illustrations. A new creature will be featured each week, along with a new drawing tip. Submit your own creature, and it could show up on the web site.

17. Inside Art
A game, which explores a painting from the inside out. You 'escape' from the painting after answering ' Who? / What? / Where? / How? ' questions.

18. Show Me
This site is packed with games and resources generated by the UK's museum, gallery and heritage sector. There is a section designed to help teacher’s access relevant content quickly and easily.

19. A. Pintura: A Art Detective
Become a detective and identify the artist of a mystery painting. Teaches the concepts of composition, style and subject needed to solve the puzzle.

20. Matisse: Life and Painting
An in-depth study of the life and painting of Henri Matisse with over 500 high resolution images.

21. CBBC – Art
A fun website from the BBC. It has interactive games, facts about famous artists, things to make and do. You can send in your questions.

22. Art Attack
Lots of ideas for fabulous artwork all with step-by-step instructions. You can send in your pictures to this CITV site. Great for teachers who need inspiration.

23. Snowflake Designer
Create your own snowflake design with this program that uses six-sided symmetry.

24. Treacletart
Treacletart is an online digital art competition for schools, offering digital cameras as prizes. Pupils can download a starter image and creatively alter it using any type of graphics software. Entries are displayed in the gallery on the website.


25. McREL Resources
McREL draw upon the best of more than 30 years of education research to create practical, user-friendly products that help educators create classrooms that provide all students with opportunities for success.

26. Colour Matters
Budding artists and anyone interested in colour will want to see how colour affects our mind and body, its use in design and art, plus lots more. Explains additive and subtractive colour systems, how the eye sees colours, and how other cultures view and use colours.

27. Exploring Leonardo
A site all about Leonardo Da Vinci. It is divided into four major areas: Inventor's Workshop; Leonardo's Perspective; Leonardo: Right to Left; and What, Where, When? This site introduces the elements of machines, and lets students explore how these elements can work together.

28. DareArts
http://www.darearts.com/1_kids-zone-darearts.shtml - Kidzone
Dare Arts stands for Discipline, Action, and Responsibility in Education.
At a time when juvenile social problems have increased, school budget cuts have resulted in decreased arts education. DareArts Foundation helps fill this gap through an innovative 5-year course of study to complement the school system.

29. The Art Room
This site offers opportunities for students to create, discover, imagine, invent and to learn. The @rt room is designed around the idea of "activity" centre’s that encourage kids to create, to learn and to explore new ideas and things on their own.

30. ArtisanCam
http://www.artisancamnorth.org.uk/kidzone/ - kidzone
You can watch artists live from their studios or working on location as they go about their business. Once live watching is finished, their work is captured in a time-lapse video, which summarises their activities.

31. Portrait Detectives
Find out how to interpret clues in portraits to find out who people are, when and how they lived, and even what they thought about themselves.

32. Chalk Face
The aim of this site is to make the best teaching ideas available to every teacher in the most practical way. Combining new technology with old, we produce detailed lesson plans complemented by photocopy-master worksheets across the secondary curriculum.

33. Artists and Makers
The Artists & Makers website is a gateway to the arts in Sussex and the surrounding counties. It features a What’s On guide, listing visual arts events alongside poetry, music and theatre, news about the Artists & Makers Festival, and regular exhibitions & other events organised by RAG.

34. Access Art
The resources on this site are targeted at different age ranges from four to adult, for use in schools, at home and the wider community. Subject areas include sculpture, colour, installation art, drawing, photography and visual literacy.

35. Digital Palette
The main purpose of this site is to inspire and support teachers who are experimenting with the use of computers in Art and Design. There are art ideas, case studies and an image bank.

36. Impressionism
A very interesting site if you want to find out about Impressionist painters and their paintings. Teachers can download or view online excellent lessons for primary aged children, which introduce the major themes of impressionism.

37. A Lifetime of Colour
Resources for creative individuals from beginner to advanced. Ranges of techniques are considered such as using colour and drawing portraits. You can try the hands-on activities. There are artist biographies and lesson plans.

38. BBC - Painting the Weather
An online gallery of over 100 of the UK's best weather pictures featured on this BBC site. There are in depth commentaries of 14 key works and artist biographies. You can zoom in on each picture.

39. Winsor & Newton
Hints and techniques to enable you to explore your artistic abilities with watercolours, oils, acrylics, pastels and colour mixing. You will find it in the Creative Encyclopedia. Use the drop down box to locate the techniques section.

40. Mondrimat
You can experiment here with space and colour in accordance with the theories of Piet Mondrian.

41. Aboriginal Bark Painting
An art teacher's lesson plan with the objective of creating contemporary bark paintings in the style of primitive cave artists and the Aboriginal people.

42. Art and Design at Key Stage 3 / 4 and GCSE
Julia Stubbs, an Advanced Skills Teacher, in Art and Design has produced this website of exemplar art and design work by students in the UK.

43. Young Embroiderers
A textile art and craft site which has project ideas for children and young people, some great ideas for in the classroom and long term projects.

44. Surrealism
Unnecessarily image intensive, but this site does have interesting information on selected Surrealists artists. They are RenT Magritte, Yves Tanguy, Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dali and Pierre Roy.

Search Engines

45. Artcyclopedia
This site’s mission is to become the definitive and most effective guide to museum-quality fine art on the Internet. You can access the comprehensive index of every artist represented at hundreds of museum sites, image archives, and other online resources.

46. Ask for Kids
Ask for Kids is a fast, easy and kid-friendly way for kids to search online. Ask for Kids uses natural-language technology that allows kids to ask questions and perform web searches, in the same way they would ask a parent, friend or teacher.

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