Art & Design

Art and Design is a popular and successful subject in the school, with increasing numbers at GCSE, AS and A Level.

We can provide pupils with access to a wide variety of art and design materials and equipment.

Pupils have the opportunity to work with a range of materials including drawing, painting, sculpture, graphics, printmaking, photography, textiles and ICT.

Further Information

Mrs Wendy Thomas (Head of Department )

  • Teaching Responsibility: AS & A (WJEC) Level Product Design, GCSE (WJEC) Art and Design, KS3 Art and Design
  • Qualifications: BA (Hons) (1st Class) Fine Art and Education, Aberystwyth University, PGCE Design Technology, Swansea University, BTEC Middle Management (Distinction)
  • Teaching Experience: I started my teaching career in Builth Wells High School in 2003. I began as a classroom teacher, teaching KS3 Art & Design, GCSE Art & Design, AS Level Art as well as Design Technology(KS3 DT, GCSE Resistant Materials and AS/A Level Product Design) as well as KS3 ICT. I was appointed Head of the Design Technology Department at Builth Wells High School in 2005. I have authored learning resources for NGFL Cymru, producing KS3 Design Technology digital resources. I am a WJEC KS3 Design Technology Moderator. I am a WJEC GCSE Art and Design Moderator. I became Head of Art & Design in Ysgol Gyfun Llanbedr Pont Steffan (now Ysgol Bro Pedr) in September 2010. I am currently enjoying developing the department and the challenges and opportunities that the job presents me.

Miss Nerys Douch

  • Teaching Responsibility: GCSE Graphic Communication, GCSE Art and Design, GCSE ICT (OCR), KS3 Design Technology, KS3 Art and Design, KS3 Physical Education, KS3 Form Tutor
  • Qualifications: PGCE Design Technology, Swansea University, BA (Hons) Graphic Design: Professional Media, Foundation Course in Performing Arts at CCTA Carmarthen
  • Teaching Experience: I started my teaching career in Ysgol Gyfun Llanbedr Pont Steffan in 2009. I teach KS3 Art and Design and Design and Technology. These include Resistance Material, Graphics and Art. I am a form tutor and currently studying to be a coach and mentor to the sixth formers. Previous experience in the Design Agency: I have worked and had a number of experiences working at a packaging consultancy in  ‘London Springetts’, ‘Merlin Marketing’, ‘Golly Slater Telesgop Television’, Swansea, Tinopolis, ‘TV, Film & Video Production Service’, Llanelli and ‘Peter Gill & Associates’, Cardiff.
  • Below are a few examples of the clients I worked with:
  1. Welsh Assembly Government – Lead designer in creating a new identity for The New Quality Standard, which replaces the Quality Mark. I designed a range of material, including bilingual folders, certificate and plaques.
  2. Welsh Language Board – Project ‘Symud Ymlaen’ – New identity designed to encourage primary school pupils to pursue with education through the medium of Welsh. This project included various marketing material, along with a production of a DVD that will be shown at parents evenings.
  3. Welsh National Opera – Working under a senior designer producing marketing and communication material for the Welsh National Opera. These materials included leaflets, advertising, direct mail, subscription brochures, e-flyers, posters and display banners.
  4. Graffeg – Designing a variety of books under the production name ‘Graffeg’. Designing the style of the books as well as the promotional material. (Books I worked on include: Celtic Cuisine by Gilli Davies, Food Wales by Colin Pressdee, Bryan Webb’s Kitchen and Discovering Welsh Houses by photographer Charles Hawes.)
  5. Kidney Wales Campaign – New identity and designing a wide range of awareness material. Worked on an emotive and beautifully crafted TV advertisements for Donate Wales – Tell a Loved One – aimed at increasing essential organ donation within Wales.

The work we set years 7 – 9 pupils is designed to build up and strengthen their skills and understanding. We encourage the pupils to use their sketchbooks often to draw, build up ideas, study the work of other artists and to write about the work and its development.

Our KS3 pupils undertake a wide variety of projects ranging from observational drawing and painting to studying cultures from around the world. Pupils are given regular homework in order to support the work completed in class and to work on their skills and creativity.

The course includes a large portfolio of coursework (60%), which is built up during year 10 and the first term of year 11. This is completed within a broad topic, using sketchbooks and mounted sheets. Pupils use a broad range of media in order to develop their ideas, and undertake workshops to learn how to use different media and processes. Pupils will also complete a controlled assessment task, which is a practical exam with several weeks as a preparatory period (40%).

The course provides a basis for starting a career in Art and Design e.g. artist, craft-work, designer, film, photography, TV, graphic illustrator, architecture, antiques etc.

Pupils will have the opportunity to take part in educational art trips to national galleries and exhibitions in London as well as exciting international trips such as our New York trip (October 2012).

Possible areas of study may include: Advertising design, Packaging design, Computer graphics (ICT), Web design, Multimedia, Animation, Design for print, Illustration or Letter-form and type.

The department encourages individuality, and this is evident particularly in the work completed by the AS and A Level students. Work produced by the Sixth Form is broad, using a variety of different materials. Recent themes chosen by our pupils have included: nature, different perspectives, popular culture and book illustration.

Ysgol Bro Pedr

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