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Art, Design and Technology
The art curriculum aims to present each child with a rich variety of technical skills while maintaining freedom for imaginative expression.

We introduce a wide range of media including ceramics, sculpture, photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, textiles and filmmaking. In addition to these subjects we have had a broad range of visiting professional artists who have given the children the unique opportunity to work on projects such as Willow Sculpting, Glass making, Woodcarving, Ipad Art and Felt Making. We have had annual visits from an illustrator and next year we are looking forward to a workshop with Korky Paul. After a visit by Sarah McIntyre she kindly invited some of the pupils to visit Central St Martins for a Pop-Up Comic Fair and set up their own stall.

Pop Up Comic Festival

Pupils get opportunities to exhibit their work not only in the annual Winchester House Summer Art Exhibition but also at art exhibitions hosted by senior schools or festivals such as the Co-op Film Festival.

Beefy Bull - Co-op Film Festival
Christmas Animation

The Art Department integrates with other departments’ curricula where possible whether it is painting backgrounds to be used by the ICT department for computer games, creating tapestries of English Kings and Queens or studying the cave paintings of Lascaux.

ICT is used as an integral part of the creative process and pupils become familiar with it as a working tool that can be used at any stage in the creative process.

The art room is open most break times and pupils often make use of the facilities to work on individual projects and sketch in a relaxed atmosphere. It is also a good opportunity for pupils to seek advice on their own self-initiated projects.

Pupils are given sketchbooks which are for their own personal use. It is often in these books that their unique interests become most evident. We are then able to respond and suggest artists and projects that may be of particular inspiration to them.

Several art and craft activities are run each week. Some of these are open to all and others are for selected students who are considering art or all-rounder scholarships. This “Portfolio Group” aims to build up a body of varied work which is grounded in observational drawing.

The art department is proud of many former pupils who have gained art and all-rounder scholarships and it is always a pleasure to hear that some of those pupils have followed their passion for the subject to foundation and degree level.