Art & Design
At GCSE We Offer:
BTEC level 2 (Double award) Art and Design. (Edexel)
GCSE unendorsed Art and Design. (WJEC)
GCSE endorsed Photography. (WJEC)
GCSE endorsed 3D Design. (WJEC)
GCSE endorsed Fine Art. (WJEC)
At KS5 We Offer:
A/S level Art and Design. (WJEC)
A2 level Art and Design. (WJEC)
At KS4 and 5 the department enjoys a great deal of success. Not only with examination results but also with the building of skills and confidence which in turn challenges students to push boundaries and set exciting and topical projects for themselves. The GCSE, BTEC and A level courses require independent study, self-motivation and a real passion for a subject that is considered one of the most important, creative and enjoyable in the curriculum.
The Art team are dedicated, enthusiastic and skilled practitioners who have a real love of their subject. We share a vision for the department where all feel valued and all work together to create an atmosphere and environment where students strive to achieve.
Students are supported and encouraged to reach their full potential in the development of their knowledge and skills. After school sessions are offered on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday every week in order to extend and support portfolios.
Good behaviour is paramount in the studios. We have high expectations of our students and will not allow poor behaviour to impact on the learning of others.
The Department enjoys working with outside agencies, Artists and Craft workers. Recently our students had the pleasure to be an integral part of the designing of the sculpture that stands proudly outside our school gates. David Annand and Rhian Edwards (Sculptor and Poet) conducted lively workshops that impacted on the final designs.
Each year the A level students put on an exhibition of their work. The moderator’s report 2015 commented “ The candidates have had a very creative experience on the course and have gained mature insights into the world of Art through context, the design process and making skills.”
Many of our students go on to study degrees in Art & Design in colleges in London and various colleges around the country and have secured positions with prestigious companies such as Nike; others have set up their own creative businesses in fashion and surface pattern and ceramics.
Inspirational talks, which help promote our subject, include Jonathan Kyle Farmer, former student of the school.
Kyle is now an Associate Professor in New York teaching fashion design in society. (Endorsed by Donna Karen) The message to all our students is AIM HIGH.
A PONTRHYDFENDIGAID artist’s work is the subject of a project for pupils in Bridgend.
Artist Chloe Rodenhurst has been helping Year 7 pupils with a project set-up for students to make contact with and learn about a real working Welsh artist.
The children were so inspired by Chloe’s original and unusual style that they chose to study her work.
Pupils from Coleg Cymunedol y Dderwen, Tondu were encouraged to think of different questions to ask the artist and to produce their own work inspired by Chloe’s style and Chloe, a member of Ceredigion Art Trail, was happy to take part.
“This was an inventive and grounded way to study art at school,” she said.
“So often children are only introduced to paintings from old masters, such Monet or Picasso. While this may be important for learning about art history it’s not necessarily helpful for children who might think that becoming an artist is an unrealistic dream.
“Being able to ask questions and learn from a real, living artist local to their own communities encourages children to believe that they too can channel their creativity.”
She added: “I was thrilled that the children chose my work to inspire their own paintings. It is an honour and I absolutely love the photos of their work. They should be very proud of themselves! I hope that they all carry on enjoying and developing their creative skills.”