Ysgol Stanwell School

Archer Road, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 2XL

Art & Design

Head of Department
Miss R Lewis
Miss C Owens
Mrs H Penny

The Art Department is housed in a dedicated, well equipped and self contained building. There are three main teaching areas with a purpose built dark room in the converted loft.

The department, led by Miss Lewis, is an experienced and talented team, comprising of Mrs Penny and Miss Owens with assistance from Mr Rowles. We also make good use of classroom assistants and sixth form art students to support those in need.

The department runs regular Art Clubs and Homework Clubs and organises visits to London and local art galleries. Pupils consistently achieve grades and levels well above the National Average.

Key Stage 3

Art class outside in the lovely weatherIn Key Stage Three, pupils have the opportunity to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained in Key Stage Two. The right level of challenge is important to pupils’ engagement, enjoyment, progression and achievement.

Pupils are taught for one lesson a week in mixed ability groups.

They follow a programme of study laid down in the National Curriculum and are set termly projects based on the grammar of art and design namely line, tone, texture and colour. They are formally assessed twice a year and awarded a Teacher Assessed Level at the end of the Key Stage.

Topics studied include:

  • Line, Tone and Form
  • Colour symbolism/composition
  • Natural and Man Made Pattern
  • Architecture
  • Representational/Abstract Portraiture

Portraiture Project
The Creative Use of ICT at Key Stage 3: Portraiture Project

Key Stage 4

The GCSE Art and Design course demands a positive attitude and a great deal of commitment from the pupils in our charge. We encourage pupils to be self motivated and build on their technical skills developed in Key Stage 3.

The Edexcel GCSE Art and Design course encourages an adventurous and enquiring approach to the subject. Successful pupils should be able to demonstrate an understanding of past and contemporary art and design practice and the integration of theory and understanding to produce a personal response that embraces a range of ideas. The course is geared towards a qualification with endorsements in either Fine Art or Textiles. Pupils are required to submit TWO units of coursework and their response to an externally set assignment.


The GCSE Art and Design course is a dynamic and interesting subject that covers many topics that can be directly related to the world that we live and work in.

Our pupils develop the art skills for:

  1. Selecting and organising information
  2. Record observations
  3. Respond to work from other times and cultures
  4. Analyse and evaluate sources
  5. Develop and explore ideas and materials
  6. Review and refine their ideas
  7. Realise their intentions
  8. Make connections between their work and work of other artists

Sixth Form

Pupils from year 11, 12 and 13 have recently taken part in visits to the Tate Britain and Tate Modern galleries in London. Both trips provided valuable opportunities for the pupils to develop their contextual understanding of contemporary art and enabled pupils to gather important resources in support of their project work.

In the sixth form, candidates entered for an AS qualification submit one unit of coursework and their response to an externally set assignment. The same criteria must be met for an A Level qualification.

The aims of the course are to develop their understanding of the grammar of art and design enabling them to express their ideas and personal responses, encourage pupils to experiment with a wide range of materials, and to try unusual combinations of visual imagery, relate their work to work of other artists and designers in both contemporary and/ or historical context and to develop an understanding of the cultural change and the importance in a multi-cultural society of the fundamental role of art and design in the evaluation of personal experience.

Pupils’ work is enriched by their experience of visiting local art galleries, London museums and trips to European art venues.

Key Stage Three Art Clubs

Within the Art Department at Key Stage three pupils are offered a variety of after school activities such as Art Club and Manga Club.

Art Club

Pupils that attend the Art Club are given opportunities to develop their artwork by receiving additional support with class based activities and participating in National or local competitions. In both cases pupils are encouraged to expand their practical skills when using a wide range of media and increase their knowledge and understanding of new and exciting topics.

Careers Wales Mark Eco Schools Healthy Schools Vale Network Welsh Baccalaureate Arts Council of Wales