Art & Design


Art & Design

The overarching aim of the Art and Design department is to nurture an appreciation and enjoyment of the subject and to foster and promote creativity. Boys are taught a rich and broad based syllabus and are exposed to Art, Craft and Design from both traditional and contemporary makers. We touch on Art History in each project and ensure drawing in all of its many forms is integral to all that we do.

Art is taught across the school, with each class having a double lesson once a week in a specialist Art room. We are so lucky to have a large light and bright space to work in and are extremely well resourced, with a kiln, screen printing facilities and a class set of high spec laptops with Adobe Photoshop. Boys explore a wide variety of materials and techniques during their time at Arnold House and will experience printing, digital design and ceramics alongside the more traditional mediums of drawing and painting.

Boys are encouraged to engage and explore contextual references as well as developing a personal style. They have their own sketchbooks for independent work and fortnightly homework (Yr 4-Yr 8) that consolidates and embeds class learning as well as giving further opportunity to create and draw.

We have a well-established enrichment programme where practising artists and designers visit the school to teach workshops and co-host exhibitions. We have regular ‘open studio’ events where boys and parents are encouraged to drop into the Art room to see work in progress alongside finished pieces. Boys in Year 6 are given the opportunity to collaborate with another department to produce an impressive cross-curricular exhibition. Recent collaborations include Art and Geography and Art and Music.