Art & Design



Picasso draws our attention to the important features inherent to all creative work; that it is in some way different, original or distinctive and not a mere copy of what has been produced before. The Art department at Ebbw Fawr Learning Community strives to provide an interesting, unique and stimulating introduction into the world of colour, texture, pattern, form and imagination.

Topics of Study

At Ebbw Fawr we are offering the Unendorsed Art and Design Course offered by the WJEC Examination Board. Students will produce a portfolio of practical work accompanied by explanatory notes. The portfolio can

accommodate the personal interests of each candidate but must at the same time appropriately relate to worthwhile educational experiences relating to professional processes.

Therefore a student will have a say in what they choose to create as long as their teacher agrees that it is a worthwhile task which will help them develop skills. This means that students work on a broad range of themes and use a huge variety of Art processes.

These processes might include drawing, painting, collage,
printmaking, ceramics, papier mâché, card construction, textiles,
digital photography, desktop publishing, computer graphics, image
manipulation, mixed media approaches or any process that the school has
the facilities for. You will create personal and original work, giving
you a sense of pride and achievement.

You will learn how to:

  • Express and record personal ideas by developing skills in two and three dimensions.
  • Investigate the visual and tactile world through observation, analysis and experimentation.
  • Understand the world of art, craft and design and relate it to your own work. Learn about famous artists, contemporary practitioners and professional practices.
  • Present and display your work to its best advantage. You will work on different scales, with a wide range of equipment and use a sketchbook as a visual diary of your work in progress
  • Use thinking skills that are necessary for employment, to show you can consider, plan and successfully create practical outcomes. You will problem solve and evaluate the successfulness of your work.

Why study Art & Design?

If you want to expand your creativity and use your imagination you will enjoy
GCSE Art and Design. You will develop a broad range of practical skills and get
involved in a wide range of media applications. The possibilities for personal
expression are endless and an appreciation of Art and Aesthetics can enrich your
life in general.

The qualification can lead to further education courses
such as A-Levels, National Diplomas and Vocational Courses. Further education
courses in turn can lead to higher education courses such as, a BA Honors

Some people are seeking an Art related career, of which there are
many, however competition is high and you need to be dedicated and talented.
Some people want to learn about Art not because it is their career choice but
because they enjoy it as a pastime.



The portfolio is worth 60% of the total marks, emphasis is on Quality rather than Quantity. To attain marks students must cover four areas:

  • 1) Contextual understanding
  • 2) Creative making
  • 3) Reflective recording
  • 4) Personal presentation


The examination is worth 40% of the total marks and starts in January of Year 11. Students have a minimum of six weeks to prepare and then complete a 10 hour Practical Exam. This takes place over several days to allow students to produce their best work and reflect on their progress.



Numerous Art related careers have been discussed with pupils in school; these are just a small sample of some:-

  • Graphic Designer
  • Computer Graphic Artist
  • Animator
  • Cartoonist
  • Sculptor
  • Fine Artist
  • Fashion Designer
  • Art Director
  • Craft Artist
  • Multi-media Artist
  • Illustrator


Art Department

Mrs S Keohane
Art Subject Leader

Ms S Slater
Teacher of Art

Mrs H O’Neill
Teacher of Art