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Back to the drawing board

Our teaching is underpinned by core skills, with drawing at its creative heart. Observation is its universal starting point and we believe the importance of drawing through observation is key to allowing great ideas to come to fruition.

It is our reward to see a student persevere with the exploration of materials and realise their intentions in technicolour. Unbound by the media they choose, our students produce outcomes which encompass film, photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and performance. Whilst embracing new and emerging technologies, we never lose sight of core skills and traditional art practice.

"How you draw is a reflection of how you feel about the world. You're not capturing it, you're interpreting it."Juliette Aristides

While there are ample opportunities to develop artwork during timetabled lessons, students are encouraged to use the department in their free time, either to enhance existing projects or to develop new ideas. The department is well-equipped and the teachers are always available to help students progress their creativity. There are many societies; ‘Click, Make and Draw’, ‘Comic Club’, Art and Culture Society’ all meet in the department, as well as a weekly Lower School ceramics club and the open-ended Blank Canvas Club.

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