Art and Design

Art & Design is a vibrant and inspirational creative outlet at Ffynone House School, and examination results are excellent. Students consistently achieve 100% A*-C grades at both GCSE and A Level, and our individual learning approach enables them to attain the highest level for their potential, and well above the national average.

Art studentWe aim to develop an appreciation of visual culture, and to provide opportunities to experience a wide range of creative activities. Curriculum-wide classes foster ability by creating an environment that enables talents to emerge. Small groups help to indentify pupils’ interests and allow for individual study paths.

In addition to critical skills, students develop investigative, analytical and interpretive capabilities, aesthetic understanding, and the ability to realise intentions. They also acquire a knowledge and understanding of art, craft and design in contemporary societies, and in other times and cultures.

Pupils enjoy working on live briefs and cross-curricular projects, and students from all years are involved in designing sets, costumes, props and make-up for our internal and external productions. Competitions are held for pupils to submit work for poster designs, and our Graphic Design pupils help towards designing programmes for school, services, productions and events.


Seascape collageInteresting trips and visits support learning and development of understanding. Our beautiful location close to the bay and harbour also provides plenty of opportunity to practise recording through drawing, painting and photography.

We also invite artists into the school to run workshops to extend pupils’ knowledge of materials and different techniques.

Students are successful in local and national competitions, which also enhance their learning experiences. These have included “My Swansea”, a short film competition, open to young people all over the world.

The Ffynone House family ethos is evident in the supportive relationship between our older and younger pupils, and our senior artists help to develop younger pupils by showing and explaining their work and providing inspiration.

Art news

Ffynone House students at a Glynn Vivian Da Vinci workshopArt students in Years 10 to 13 visited the newly refurbished Glynn Vivian Gallery to explore their Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition and take part in an inspiring practical workshop led by a professional artist, Richard Monahan.

Students studied works in the exhibition and gained a better understanding of Da Vinci’s style, medium and subjects.

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FHS A Level art students visit Swansea Print MakersA-Level Art students were welcomed to Swansea Print Workshop by resident artist Anne Gullick, where they had a personal tour, operated working presses and met local artist Carys Roberts.

Students were inspired by the range of print work on show and the opportunity to use the working printing presses.

Click here to read more about this interesting visit.

Ffynone House School Journal 2016Year Book Launch. Join us at Ffynone House School on Thursday 30th June for the launch of our 2016 Year Book. The evening will include the end of year Art Exhibition, showcasing the work of examination students. Also enjoy musical entertainment provided by our talented musicians. Refreshments. Exhibition and Year book viewing from 6pm. Musical performance at 6.45pm.   Click here to read more.

Studying Josef Herman at Swansea Museum

Josef Herman. Art students in Years 8 and 10 enjoyed exclusive access to the Josef Herman exhibition at Swansea Museum. After an informative and enthusiastic tour of the pieces a practical session encouraged students to create their own works inspired by what they had seen in the exhibition.

Click here to read more about the visit and see examples of students’ work in the style of Josef Herman.

Winning artwork for Show Racism the Red Card CompetitionSRtRC. Students won 1st and 3rd places in “Show Racism the Red Card”. The competition was open to all schools in Wales, and promoted racial equality.

SRtRC uses the World’s top footballers to educate people of all ages about racism and how to fight it.

Click here to find out more about the Ffynone House winners.