Presenter Kim Howells climbs rocks near Tanygrisiau, near Blaenau Ffestiniog, explaining how Welsh artist Augustus John had little time for the people of Wales, calling them ignorant. He was however inspired by its mountains. Having often climbed in the area, Howells understands how this part of Snowdonia attracted the artist. Referring to a painting called Welsh Mountains, he shows the exact spot from where it was painted, and the ruins of a cottage nearby where the artist stayed. He explains that John was not interested in portraying the vibrant industry of a working slate quarry that was close by at that time, but was much more interested in the beautiful landscape of Snowdonia.
Students could make sketches from a real life landscape that they can see from the school or from a brief field trip if possible. Students could then do colour mixing exploration to get a range of landscape colours. Ask them to paint single landscape colours onto A5 pieces of rough paper and when they've dried, ask them to tear them into strips and experiment with overlaying and underlaying them in order to create a collaged landscape on a piece of heavier A3 paper. Students could produce simple sketches or take a series of well-composed photographs of local places of scenic interest and write a brief illustrated visitors' guide to the area.