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.
he Art Department enjoys excellent facilities, including well-lit purpose built studios allowing a wide range of 2D and 3D work. Exhibitions by pupil and outside artists are regularly displayed in the gallery of The North Wall Arts Centre. Three specialist full-time teachers, a part-time painter, and a technician staff the Department.
The Department seeks to encourage individuals to identify and exploit their own expressive potential; we believe this can only be achieved by close individual attention and through the provision of excellent materials. The discipline of drawing is considered an essential skill at all levels and pupils work from a variety of primary sources including regular life studies. We wish them to discover their own visual language.
Every Wednesday after lessons the Art Department is a hive of creative activity. All year groups from Shells to Upper Sixth use the studios during activity time. Those who want to can make use of the excellent facilities on offer to develop their skills and techniques without the pressure of having to perform for an exam board. A wide range of art facilities are available, from drawing and painting to photography, a state of the art laser cutter, Photoshop, and film editing software on Apple Mac computers.
Textiles workshops are held during activities time, and taught by an industry professional. Workshops cover wide ranging processes from felting and tie-dye to full product production, embellishment and machine skills.
Ceramics activity offers the opportunity for pupils to hone their skills on the potter’s wheel, under instruction from one of the UK’s top ‘throwers’, or see their own three-dimensional designs come to life working with clay, under expert tuition.
Life drawing class is open to all pupils and staff at St Edward’s, and is an opportunity for artists to practice their drawing skills in a relaxed setting with sensitive tuition. All GCSE, A Level, and IB pupils are encouraged to attend this weekly class.