The Department believes that art is a form of communication: that it is a means of expression, aesthetic experience and problem solving. Throughout all year groups, our aim is to encourage, stimulate and develop the pupils through personal expression, imagination, conceptual thinking and practical skill. Regular excursions are arranged with the goal of developing the pupils’ artistic appreciation.
Our dedicated teaching staff includes our own Artist-in-Residence, printmaker Linda Jackson, and a Technician whose expertise includes experience in drawing and painting, printmaking, sculpture, black and white photography, digital photography, textiles, computer-aided design and video art.
Art is also offered as an after-school activity and on Saturday mornings, and life drawing classes are held regularly to enable students to develop their technique.
Each year the Department showcases the work of its young artists by staging a well-attended public Art Exhibition in June, showcasing the work of all our Senior and Sixth Form artists. The opening of annual St Leonards Art Exhibition is typically celebrated with a summer drinks event, complete with live music and canapés, which provides an opportunity for families and friends to preview the work on display. It is always a highlight of the Summer Term calendar.