Secondary Art and Design
Lynn Welsh

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Lynn Welsh
NASBTT Associate Consultant
Secondary Art and Design


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Leading Learner – 5 Evidenced Based Papers All Teachers Should Read

Although these papers are generic in nature the principles apply to teaching art and design and are a useful read. Leading Learner – 5 Evidenced Based Papers All Teachers Should…

Subject Resources

As a current Art and Design teacher of 27 years, a Curriculum Leader for 23, a Senior Leader for 8 and the Programme Lead of the Northumbria Art, Craft and Design Partnership, I have gathered together a series of resources that I have found useful in my journey from trainee to teacher to leader in a Secondary school environment.

Teaching Art is the best job in the world, and training others to be successful Art teachers is a real privilege and an unique opportunity to develop the next generation of educators, able to inspire, innovate, encourage, engage, ignite, support and promote the young creators of the future.

This website is intended to signpost you to relevant subject specific information, reports, useful reading, inspiring videos and associations. It also includes links to websites on Contemporary and Historical Art, useful techniques and key skills that trainee art teachers will find invaluable as they negotiate the vast, multidisciplinary landscape of Art, Craft and Design practice.

Arts and Education

Researching artists and their work

Resources for teachers 

Student sketchbooks

Expert Subject Advisory Group for Art, Craft and Design


  • Studio Thinking from the Start: The K–8 Art Educator’s Handbook Paperback – 30 Aug. 2018
  • Learning to Teach Art and Design in the Secondary School: A companion to school experience (Learning to Teach Subjects in the Secondary School Series)Paperback – Illustrated, 30 Oct. 2014
  • The Art Teacher's Survival Guide for Secondary Schools: Grades 7-12 (Jossey-Bass Teacher) Paperback – 14 Feb. 2014
  • Addison, L. and Burgess, L. (2013) Issues in Art and Design Teaching. London: RoutledgeFalmer 
  • Boys Don't Try? Rethinking Masculinity in SchoolsPaperback – Illustrated, 24 April 2019
  • The Art Teacher's Survival Guide for Secondary Schools: Grades 7-12 (Jossey-Bass Teacher) Paperback – 14 Feb. 2014
  • The Art Teacher′s Book of Lists: Grades K–12: 66 (J-B Ed: Book of Lists) Paperback – Illustrated, 21 Jan. 2011
  • Fifty K-12 Art Lessons: Deluxe Color Edition: Creative Differentiated Explorations In Art Paperback – 12 Feb. 2018
  • What is Contemporary Art?: A Children's GuidePaperback – 1 Oct. 2012
  • Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence: definitive 4th edition Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 April 2013
  • Open Aperture: The Evolution of Photography in an Abstract World Hardcover – Illustrated, 28 July 2018
  • The Photography Teacher's Handbook: Practical Methods for Engaging Students in the Flipped Classroom (Photography Educators Series) Paperback – Illustrated, 15 Feb. 2016
  • The Secret Lives of Colour: RADIO 4's BOOK OF THE WEEK Kindle Edition by Kassia St Clair 
  • Playing to the Gallery: Helping Contemporary Art in its Struggle to Be Understood Kindle Edition by Grayson Perry  
  • You Are an Artist Kindle Edition by Bob and Roberta Smith
  • You Are an Artist: Assignments to Spark CreationHardcover – 14 April 2020 by Sarah Urist Green  
  • Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative (Austin Kleon) Paperback – Illustrated, 1 April 2012 by Austin Kleon  
  • The Annotated Mona Lisa, Third Edition, 3: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to the PresentPaperback – Illustrated, 9 Jan. 2018 by Carol Strickland 
  • The Story of Art Hardcover – 4 Sept. 1995 by Leonie Gombrich 
  • Boughton, Doug; Eisner, Elliot W and Ligtvoet, Johan (1996), Evaluating and Assessing  the Visual Arts in Education, Teachers College Press, New York 
  • Boughton, D. and Mason, R. (eds) (1999) Beyond Multi-cultural Art Education: International  Perspectives, New York and Berlin: Waxman. 
  • Bowden, John. (1994) Preparing for an OFSTED Inspection: Middle and Secondary Art  Departments NSEAD  
  • Boughton, D. and Mason, R. (eds) (1999) Beyond Multi-cultural Art Education: International  Perspectives, New York and Berlin: Waxman. 
  • Bonaventura, Paul. & Farthing, Stephen. (editors), (2004) A Curriculum for artists. Oxford: Ruskin  School of Drawing and Fine Art 
  • Buckingham, D. (1998) Teaching Popular Culture: Beyond Radical Pedagogy, London: UCL Press 
  • Chalmers, F Graeme, (1996) Celebrating Pluralism, Art education and Cultural Diversity, J. Paul  Getty Trust. 
  • Collins, Georgia. and Sandell, Renee. (editors) (1996) Gender Issues in Art Education. Natl Art  Education Assn Publishers 
  • Dalton, Pen (2001) Gendering of Art Education: Modernism, Identity and Critical Feminism. OUP  
  • Davies, Tom and Pimentel, Lucia and Worrall, Pete (2001) Cultural Identity, Digital Media and Art,  University of Central England  
  • Day, Michael (1997), Preparing Teachers of Art, 
  • Department for Education (1995) Guide to Safe Practice in Art & Design HMSO 
  • DfEE (2000) Art and Design in the National Curriculum. DfEE and QCA, London Dillon, J. and Maguire, M. (2001) 
  • Meeting SEN in the curriculum: ART. London: David Fulton 
  • Emery, Lee (ed) (2002) Teaching Art in a Postmodern World. 
  • Finney, J. & Hickman, R. & Morrison, M. & Nicholl, B. & Ruddock, J. (2005) Rebuilding  Engagement through the Arts - Responding to disaffected students. Pearson publishing Frederickson, N. & Cline, T. (2002) 
  • Garner, Steve. (ed), (2008) Writing on Drawing: Essays on Drawing Practice and Research.  Intellect Books 
  • The Persistence of Craft. A&C Black Publishing Grosenick, U. (ed), (2001) 
  • Women Artists in the 20th and 21st Century. London: Taschen Grigsby Jr, J. 
  • Hayes, Lisa. & Nikolic, Vesna. & Cabaj, Hanna. (2001) Am I teaching well? Self – evaluation for  effective teachers. Exeter: Learning Matters 
  • Hetherington, P. (ed) (1994) Artists in the 1990s: Their Education and Values, London: Wimbledon  School of Art in Association with Tate Gallery 
  • Hickman, Richard (2008) Research in Art and Design Education: Issues and Exemplars. Intellect  Books 
  • Hickman, Richard (Ed) (2008) Critical Studies in Art & Design Education. Intellect Books Hickman, Richard (2005) 
  • Isherwood, Sue. and Stanley, Nick. (eds), (1994) Creating Vision: Photography & The National  Curriculum. 
  • Jackson, I. (2008) Gestalt – A Learning Theory for Graphic Design Education. The International  Journal of Art and Design Education, Vol 27. No. 1, pp 63 – 69. 
  • Karppinen, S. (2008) Craft-Art as a Basis For Human Activity. The International Journal of Art and  Design Education, Volume 27.1 pp 83-90. 
  • Kear, Mary and Callaway, Gloria (editors) (2000) Improving teaching and learning in the arts. Falmer Press 
  • Keys, K. & Guyas, A, S. (2006) Commentary: What we can’t say: ain’t we artists? Studies in Art  Education, Vol 48, No. 1, pp.123 - 8 
  • Kindler, Anna M (1997) Child Development In Art NAEA 
  • MacDonald, Stuart (2005) Century of Art and Design Education (A): From Arts and Crafts to  Conceptual Art? London: Lutterworth Press 
  • Manser, Sally J and Wilmot, Hannah (1995) Artists in Residence (A Teachers´ Handbook) London  Arts Board and St Katharine & Shadwell Trust 
  • Marland, M. and Rogers, R. (2002) Managing the Arts in the Curriculum. Oxford: Heineman 
  • Mason, R. & Steers, J. (2006) The impact of formal assessment procedures on teaching and  learning in art and design in secondary schools, International Journal of Art and Design Education,  Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 119 - 33 
  • Mason, Rachel (1995) Art Education and Multiculturalism NSEAD 
  • Drawing and Painting. London: Paul Chapman. Matthews, John (1999) 
  • McGill, Catherine. and N'Guessan, Teri. and Rosen, Marion. (eds), (2007) Exploring Creative  Learning. Trentham Books 
  • Modern Art: A Critical Introduction Routledge  Mindel, Carla (2007) 
  • Creative Environments for art, craft & design teaching in the 21st Century. Moon, B. and Murphy, P. (1999) Curriculum in Context. London: OUP
  • Moon, B. Mayes, S. Hutchinson, S (2002) Teaching, Learning and the Curriculum in Secondary  Schools. London: RoutledgeFalmer  
  • Moore, A. (2000) Teaching and Learning; Pedagogy, Curriculum and Culture. London:  RoutledgeFalmer 
  • National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education (1999) All Our Futures:  Creativity, Culture and Education. DfEE 
  • Parker, Jane. (2005) A Consideration of the Relationship between Creativity and Approaches to  Learning in Art and Design; Volume 24.2; International Journal of Art and Design Education 
  • Perkins, David (1994) Intelligent Eye (The): Learning to Think by Looking at Art. The Getty Center  for Education in the Arts 
  • Pipes, A. (2003) Foundations of Art and Design. London: Laurence King 
  • Pope, Rob (2005) Creativity: Theory, History, Practice. RoutledgeFalmer 
  • Prentice, R (2000) Teaching Art and Design. London: Cassell 
  • Prentice, Roy (ed.) (1995) Teaching Art & Design: Addressing Issues and Identifying Directions  Cassell 
  • Pringle, Emily. (2006) Learning in the gallery: context, process, outcomes. Engage 
  • Rayment, Trevor (ed.) (2007) The Problem of Assessment in Art & Design. Bristol: Intellect Books 
  • Robinson, K. (2001) Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative. London: Capstone. Robinson, K. (2009). 
  • Taylor, M. (2005) Access and support in the development of a visual language: arts education and  disabled students, International Journal of Art and Design Education, Vol. 24, No. 3, pp. 325 - 33 
  • Taylor, R. (1998) Understanding and Investigating Art. London: Hodder  
  • Taylor, R. (1986) Educating for Art. Harlow Longman  
  • The Gulbenkian Report (1982) The Arts in Schools, C G Foundation  
  • Rethinking how Art is Taught - A critical convergence. London: Corwin  Press.
  • Wenham, Martin. () Understanding Art: A Guide for Teachers. 

Behaviour in Art

Assessment in Art

Teaching and Learning In art


Retrieval Practice


Powerful Knowledge

Equality and Diversity

Literacy In art

Oracy In Art

Numeracy in Art

Primary and Secondary Art and Design: The Transition from Primary to Secondary

Watch the recording here.


Session Overview/Focus:

  • Art and the Primary Curriculum
  • The National Curriculum at KS2 and KS3
  • Subject knowledge by the end of the Primary years
  • The ideal transition - Primary to Secondary
  • Barriers to a smooth transition
  • Knowing, understanding and filling any gaps in knowledge at Secondary level

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • A deeper understanding of the transition requirements from Primary to Secondary

Trainee Videos of art techniques - How to!

The videos below are all of trainee teachers who are teaching their cohort how to ... The PPT that was used is also included.

Please note that they are trainee teachers, are still learning themselves and the video could be clearer but the learning points here are incredibly useful for other trainees to see, especially if they have no prior knowledge of the skill.

Hand Embroidery

Using Mod Roc

Painting in Oils

Plaster Casting

How to work like a Graphic designer using PhotoPea

Painting eyes using acrylics

Using oil paint - Mixing skin tones


Stop motion animation

Silk Painting

Using PixlR

Brusho and Batik

Art Publications & Media Websites

Bored Panda You can submit your art as a guest post on this website.

Booooooom - A large publication for contemporary artists.

Juxtapoz - Another large publication which features established and emerging contemporary artists.

My Modern Met - Daily posts regarding all things creative.

Art Forums

Wet Canvas - The top forum for fine artists.

Deviant Art Forum - A great forum for concept artists.

Concept Art Forum - Another concept art forum.

A Singular Creation - An active forum for all kinds of artists.

Art Education / Blogs

Artists Network - One of the largest online art communities in the world.

The Art Story - A huge database of art history.

Empty Easel - A very popular blog which is perfect for aspiring artists. You can guest post on this blog to get some exposure for your own art. Empty Easel posts about 3 times a week.

Fine Art Tips by Lori McNee - An interesting fine art blog which posts about art techniques, supplies, featured artists and art business.

Lines And Colors - Regular posts about inspirational modern and historical artists.

Art Youtube Channels

Mr E’s Art club - everything you need to know about using Photopea - a free image manipulation programme, similar to Photoshop with numerous tutorials

Tom Quigley - Wonderful tutorials using mixed media

Quentin Carpenter - Animation, Digital imagery, Image manipulation tutorials

Jeff Watts - A masterful artist and the founder of the Watts Atelier. This Youtube channel has excerpts of his Atelier teachings.

James Gurney - Just an all-around interesting Youtube channel for artists.

Draw Mix Paint - Mark Carder's Youtube channel. There is a load of useful information regarding color mixing, brushwork and setting up your studio.

Fine Art Academy - Demonstrations from some extremely talented artists.

Colour In Your Life - Features talented artists from all around the world.

Kevin Hill - He is like a modern day Bob Ross. If you are a complete beginner to oil painting, then his videos are somewhat helpful.

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