Art is a deeply rewarding subject and gives children an exciting opportunity for creative expression and personal discovery. Pupils have two 40 minute lessons a week; they may also use the art room during breaks and free time and there are evening art clubs and activities throughout the week. The syllabus is divided into three parts: drawing, colour and 3D/sculpture. Learning about art and artists is interwoven with the acquisition of skills through practical tasks with an emphasis on drawing. Numerous displays, exhibitions and competitions (internal and external) are run over the course of the school year with the Christmas hat competition being one of the most enduring and eagerly anticipated. Facilities for art include a large teaching area with specialised seating tables, easels and a picture window looking out over the beautiful grounds and surrounding countryside. There are also pottery wheels and a ventilated kiln room, a studio printing press and computer suite which are integral parts of the department.
Art scholarships have recently been won to many prestigious independent senior schools including Shrewsbury, Moreton Hall, Malvern, Rugby, Repton and Cheltenham Ladies’ College. Specialist preparation for scholarships is provided for those with outstanding talent in evening clubs and there are regular visits to art galleries such as the Liverpool Tate, the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Birmingham City Art Gallery and Museum and the Wolverhampton Art Gallery.