Our dedicated art studio is a lofty, inspirational space, washed with natural light. It is a buzzing, creative environment, where the boys find a relaxed opportunity for self-expression. Every boy, regardless of ability, can enjoy a great sense of achievement through the artwork he produces. 

In the pottery shed, the boys experiment with different mediums to create three dimensional pieces. Art classes often take place outside, and the Cathedral Close, crammed with beautiful architectural features and an abundance of green spaces, is used extensively as a starting point for many projects.

Starting from Reception, the boys are encouraged to observe carefully, to draw accurately, to manipulate colour and texture - skills which are fundamental to any future study of the subject. Importantly, they learn to be positive critics of each other’s work and ideas.

In the Prep, boys who show an especial talent are offered an additional art class that may subsequently lead them to apply for an art scholarship at their senior school. The art Commoner, open to all, is a popular after school club.

Collaborations with visiting artists introduce the boys to a wide range of techniques and applications, such as screen printing, bookbinding, junk modelling and felt making workshops.

Trips to art galleries and the major exhibitions in London are arranged regularly to give the boys a deeper insight into art history and the work and lives of artists.

Pupil Artwork
Artwork by the boys is constantly on display around the school. Each year, the whole of the Pre-Prep participates in Art Week. In the summer term, the Head of Art mounts an extensive Summer Art Exhibition to show work by boys from all the years of the school within especially created galleries.