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Free Art & Design KS3 Teaching Resources for Secondary Teachers

The National Curriculum for Art & Design

Sometimes even the most organised Art and Design teacher needs a little help with their lesson planning and preparation. Few people have the luxury of hours to spend browsing the Internet for great free resources so we have done that for you; selecting only those resources that we thought would be of genuine use to art teachers. Most have been created by well known organisations and galleries. The resources need to be tailored for the appropriate age group and linked to the national curriculum programme of study at key stage three. So a creative art teacher can browse this page, download the worksheets or activities that they need, bookmark any online games that might be of use and use them to enrich their own materials.

Teaching Art and Unleashing Your Students Confidence

Students in years 7,8 and 9 will be using art resources which are based on traditional and new media, including ICT. They will be improving their confidence working with new ideas and their competence with tools and techniques. At this key stage you can really unleash their imagination and creativity as their technique and skill will be developed enough to express their ideas and emotions. They will be able to develop their own ideas through Art and Design and begin to use craft skills, thinking and acting as artists, craftspeople and designers. At this age children become more confident about being more experimental in their approach, and their choice of media, and are able to explain their reasons for their chosen media and pieces of work. 

Fine Examples of Art in the Digital Age

The digital age means you can show students, via the internet, fantastic examples of art and design that traditionally you had to have a class visit to view. Many of the great galleries and museums have purpose made teaching materials that do a lot of the leg work for you. You don’t have to feel as if you are constantly searching for new resources, as this page makes a great starting point for free teaching activities at key stage 3.



14 Key Free Teaching Resources


The Artsmark site that provides the opportunity for schools to be recognised through their Art & Design and other creative subjects.

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Artisan Cam

Artisan Cam can be used in an Art & Design lesson as is contains workshop clips on how to create a number of different objects.

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Create word clouds in a number of subjects by using Wordle.

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The Engage site provides resources, images, case studies and information about Art & Design.

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Arty Factory

An Art site that educates the teacher and their students how to develop images through using pencil and pen.

Find out more about Arty Factory


Google SketchUp

Google SketchUp is a downloadable piece of software that can be used to construct and design multiple ideas and also can be used in many school subjects.

Find out more about Google SketchUp


National Portrait Gallery

NPD has digital resources that can be used for History classes and also Art & Design classes.

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National Trust

The National Trust site has a selection of art and heritage resources that can be very helpful when in classes and planning trips.

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National Gallery

The National Gallery provides tips and information on visiting them with Primary School students.

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Selection of Free Drawing Lessons covering a range of topics from ABC.

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Antony Gormley

An Art & Design site on Antony Gormley that contains multiple resources on the subject.

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Saatchi Gallery

The Saatchi Gallery provides workshops, educational packs and visits to Art & Design Secondary School teachers and students.

Find out more about Saatchi Gallery


Curriculum Bits for Art & Design

A site for Secondary School Art & Design classes that presents a selection of videos specific to the subject.

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Board Works

Interactive activities and resources for Secondary School Art & Design lessons from Board Works.

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