Creative Arts

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.

Courses offered:

  • GCSE Art
  • A level Art and Design: Fine Art
  • International Baccalaureate Visual Arts

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.

Enrichment and Trips

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.

Design Technology

At King Edward’s pupils learn to design and make products that solve genuine, relevant problems within different contexts whilst considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. In doing this they acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on additional disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.

1st Form and 2nd Form enjoy Design Technology (DT) as part of their core curriculum. The basic skills of all disciplines are taught in realistic problem-solving situations. Pupils are introduced to the design process, learn drawing and modelling techniques, workshop safety, and then make projects generally in wood, plastic, and metal, using hand and power tools, Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CADCAM).

3rd Form build on this and study certain aspects of the GCSE curriculum which helps decide if they want to pursue GCSE Design Technology.

  • GCSE: This course prepares pupils to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Pupils study core technical and design principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment.
  • A-level: This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives pupils the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in several careers, especially those in the creative industries. You will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put your learning in to practice by producing products of your choice. Pupils will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers. Whilst it helps to have studied this subject in the past, it is not essential. An interest in the man-made world around you is though! The practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles is reinforced through a substantial design and make project, which forms 50% of the assessment.
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