“Art is brilliant – it stands out compared to other schools in terms of both teaching and facilities”

Current Parent

A visit to St Edward’s Art Department will reveal an extraordinarily high standard of work from pupils at all levels, something of which the school is justly proud.

The Art Department

Art is a way of developing a visual language to foster the creative process through discussion, understanding, communication, and realisation of ideas. Find out more about the Department here:

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We offer the following AQA endorsements:  GCSE Art and Design, GCSE Ceramics, A Level Fine Art, A Level Textiles and IB.

The skills taught in the Art Department aid the development of ideas to clarify and refine thinking. Learning and teaching takes place in a variety of ways, from one to one tutorials, group critiques and skills workshops. We encourage our pupils to identify and exploit their own expressive potential, creating opportunities for experimental work across multiple disciplines ranging from drawing and painting, textiles, silk screen printing, etching, ceramics, laser cutting, and digital media. Teachers work with pupils to develop their own ideas, which leads to truly individual projects and outcomes. Pupils are encouraged to find an individual language and make connections between visual, written and contextual sources.

We believe that drawing in the broadest sense is fundamental and it is encouraged across all year groups.This is the core of all artistic practice and is nurtured and developed through experience, learning and a variety of techniques.  The department’s weekly life drawing classes are an excellent platform for all pupils to develop their observational drawing skills.

The department enjoys excellent facilities, including four well-lit purpose built studios, a dark room and a dedicated ceramics studio with three large kilns and potter’s wheels, allowing for a wide range of two-dimensional and three-dimensional work. The etching press, laser cutter and the photo-sensitive silkscreen facilities are popular with all pupils.

Pupils’ work is regularly exhibited for public viewing in the award winning North Wall Arts Centre.

Open studios

The studios are open in the evening and on weekends. Our pupils are actively encouraged to be self-regulated, to take ownership of their projects and to develop individuality and genuine creative thought.

Art Teachers

All teachers in the department are highly skilled practicing artists in a wide range of disciplines.

Head of Department: Adam Hahn

STAFF

Adam Hahn B.A., Glasgow School of Art (www.adamhahn.co.uk)
Jane Bowen B.A., Camberwell School of Art
Tova Dalgleish B.F.A., Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford
Peter Lloyd-Jones Dip.F.A., Ruskin School, Oxford; Royal Academy Diploma in Advanced Studies (www.peterlloyd-jones.co.uk)
Philip Jolley B.A., North Staffordshire Polytechnic; B.Ed.,Manchester Metropolitan University (www.PhilipJolleyceramics.co.uk)
Nicholas Permain B.A., Newcastle University (www.nicholaspermain.com)
Lorraine Turley B.A. (Hons) Fine Art (Drawing and Painting), Glasgow School of Art; Post-Graduate Diploma Fine Art (Drawing And Painting), Glasgow School of Art; British Council Post-Graduate Exchange Research Scholarship, Hungarian Academy of Fine Art, Budapest, Hungary; Post-Graduate Diploma in Advanced Educational Studies (Artist/Teacher Scheme), Oxford Brookes University
Instructor: Richard Siddons, Trowse Pottery, Harrow Studio Pottery, Production thrower at Hook Norton and Whichford Pottery
Technician: Sharon Keen, B.A. (Hons) Woven Textiles, Loughborough University School of The Arts, freelance designer for Monsoon and Accessorize
Assistant: Thomas Blundell

 

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