Art & Design
The Art & Design department is situated in two well-equipped teaching areas of the beautiful Mews building. Pupils are taught by specialist Art teachers from an early age and thrive in this inspirational environment.
Pupils have the opportunity to experience a broad range of skills and media including:
- Painting & Drawing
- Sculpture & Ceramics
- Photography & Animation – digital and other modern materials
- Graphic Design
- Art History
Teaching is based on successful and well-established schemes of work where the enjoyment of the creative experience is nurtured. Sketchbook work is seen as an essential part of the creative process.
Pupils have the opportunity to visit galleries, including drawing workshops at the National Museum of Wales, as well as visits to the Martin Tinney Gallery and Big Pit, Blaenavon, where the students look at the work of Josef Herman.
There has been considerable success at GCSE and A level. A highlight of the year is the summer exhibition in the new Sixth Form Library. Many of our students progress to study one of the broad selection of degree courses at university, including Architecture, Product Design, Fine Art, History of Art and Art Education.
The Art Department works very closely with the thriving Design & Technology Department. Product Design, Electronic Systems and Graphics are taught at GCSE and A level.
The department is well equipped with various CAD/ CAM hardware including a laser cutter, vinyl cutter and traditional workshop tools and machinery. Pupils are taught to use AutoDesk, 2D Design, Genka, Photoshop and various DTP software in support of their design projects.
The department offers extra-curricular activities of Young Engineers and F1 in Schools, which are well attended and have enjoyed notable success at national level.