Head of Department

Miss C Smith


The Art department at Cwmbran High School consists of specialist studios with specialist equipment tailored for teaching the all aspects of Art.

Schemes of work range from 2 Dimensional drawing and painting to 3 Dimensional work using paper-mache and mod-roc, wire sculpture textile design and ceramics. The department has pottery facilities and a dedicated kiln room. The department also has a suite of computers with Adobe Photoshop facilities which allows students to develop their artistic skills in digital media. Schemes of work are reviewed and modified regularly to provide up to date, exciting projects that provide engagement and challenge for the students. We plan to develop Photography within the department. Currently Photography is run at A Level and in year 11 however we plan to offer photography at year 10 in the near future.

Exciting classroom displays within the department, a caring nature of the staff and an open door policy allow for a safe environment where students to feel at home and they are encouraged to attend Art clubs at lunchtimes and after school to continue developing their coursework.

This academic year we plan to bring together the strengths from both merged schools and develop new and exciting projects and schemes of work to further develop the Art department.

The staff within the department have a breadth of knowledge and experience which allow all students to receive a high quality, inclusive Art education whilst developing a wide range of Art skills.

Extra Curricular Activities

The department run regular lunchtime and after school Art Clubs where students are encouraged to come in and work on their coursework in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

  • Wednesday Lunchtime – Year 7 Art Club with Mrs Evans.
  • Thursday after school (3-4pm) – Art club for all other years and Year 11 Catch Up Sessions with Mr Darmanin.


Trips and Visits

The department will run numerous visits to local galleries, landscape drawing trips to the coast and trips to galleries in London. Foreign study visits to Rome and Paris are also offered. This year Mr Darmanin is running the up and coming trip to Barcelona at Easter 2015. The trip is a 7 day tour which is open to students from Years 9, 10, 11 and Sixth Form. There are currently still spaces available. Please see Mr Darmanin for information.


Annual competitions are run internally to design the school Christmas Card. Part of her prize for the winner is to see their card being developed professionally.

Competitions will continue within the department to encourage students and to provide them opportunities to develop their artistic skills.

Community Links

The department has made links with the local community in a number of ways:

  • The Art department are currently in talks with Communities First who are helping to find sponsorship for equipment to develop photography within the department.
  • The department were part of a schools’ entry for the ‘Hoarding Board Competition’ run by Willmott Dixon as part of the merging process of the 2 schools. Cwmbran High school (in the form of Llantarnam and Fairwater High Schools) came runner up out of all entries across the UK. We were very pleased with this outcome and, as always, extremely proud of our students who helped to create the pieces of artwork. These boards are currently on display around the building site within the school.
  • The department hope to continue making links with the local community with future art projects.


Key Stage 3

Students arrive in Year 7 and are introduced to a range of materials, techniques and processes throughout Key Stage 3 in a variety of topics so that by the end of year 9, they have a good grasp of the materials and skills needed to further their education as they progress into Key Stage 4.

Key Stage 4

Students are able to study the Vocational BTEC Level 2 Art and Design OR GCSE Art and Design where they are able to study a range of 2D and 3D based units which allow them to develop a strong portfolio of work. In year 11 students are expected to demonstrate a level of maturity and independence as they select their own themes and work towards individual outcomes.

Key Stage 5

Students are able to study either the Vocational BTEC National Level 3 in Art and Design or A Level Art and Design courses. Students are expected to work independently with help and guidance from teaching staff.