Art lessons at King Edward’s both challenge and cherish our pupils, giving them the chance to work in range of media to expand their ideas and enrich their outlook. We encourage them to develop a range of skills including digital media and photography as well as classic fine art skills. We want all our pupils to love art and design which are so central to both wellbeing and our modern global economy. We provide a safe environment where teachers actively promote adventurous approaches and risk-taking. Our focus is on enjoyment and engagement, and pupils relish the way there is rarely a ‘wrong’ response in this field whilst developing their creative ambition. Mrs Shouksmith, Director of Art, says, “By gaining the trust of the pupils we teach, we open the door to them enjoying so much success – in more ways than simply producing an artwork that they are proud of. We offer them a valuable set of skills that can be applied to all areas of their life, enabling them to be calmer, sensitive and aware of themselves and others. Ultimately, access to high quality arts education raises the self-confidence of young people and builds their resilience.”
We have specialist art staff in the Art Department including an artist-in-residence and offer a range of art courses to suit all interests and levels of ability. Boys and girls can engage in everything from drawing and painting to photography and digital image manipulation.
Art is offered at GCSE, A-level and International Baccalaureate. The photographs on this page feature the work of pupils in our exam classes: they strive to produce audacious, bold images and achieve results that acknowledge this.
Pupils from all year groups have the opportunity to display their work in the professional environment of the Bunker Gallery. We celebrate both our students and our Artists-in-Residence, promoting debate and stimulating discussion about the nature of art and the skills this discipline requires.
The Art department hosts workshops and masterclasses, organises trips to galleries and museums in London as well as an annual trip to St Ives. We also benefit from the exciting opportunities to see and make art at the Watts Gallery in Godalming and profit from the artistic heritage of our situation in an area of outstanding natural beauty that has inspired many artists over the past 150 years to produce amazing work. We hope our pupils will come away from these experiences inspired and enthusiastic about the possibilities of art and design.
There are annual awards to be won for GCSE and Sixth for Art. Two prestigious Sixth Form prizes are The Chase Haines and The Worshipful Company of Painter-Steiner awards.
Our Lower Sixth Form art pupils have been working hard to prepare for their final exams next year, and as part of their development as artists were given the opportunity to display their work in the Bunker Gallery. A mix of six IB and A-level pupils contributed nearly 60 pieces of artwork in a variety...