“Unquenchable curiosity” and “inventive imagination” are the skills we would like all our students to come with after their Art lessons.

We have tried to create a welcoming atmosphere where pupils of all ages can come and develop their creative capabilities in both formal and informal situations.  The studios have been designed to facilitate an open and interactive learning environment, with an ‘open door’ policy throughout the working day and beyond. We often have as many as fifty students in the studios during the lunch hour.

The department comprises a main painting studio, sculpture studio, dedicated Art Computer Suite running Adobe Creative Suite, print studio, kiln room and office/library containing over 3000 titles.  There is also a separate Sixth Form studio.


1st Year – The first year looks at mark making in the widest sense; introducing tone and how to apply it. This is followed up by a 3D project constructing a sculpture in wood or clay.

2nd Year – The second year considers colour. We consider diverse techniques involved in handling different types of paint and inks. This is taken into a 3D project based on an artist or art movement, such as the Cubists.

3rd Year – This is designed like a mini Art Foundation course. Students study different processes and techniques each half-term cycle. Topics range from plaster casting to Graphic Design, etching and lino cutting to illustration. All this provides an excellent introduction to the GCSE course.

4th and 5th Year – GCSE ; We follow the AQA syllabus and the Fine Art Course.

Below, we speak to Head of Department, Mr Piggott, about studying Art at King Edward VI School.

For more detailed information on the Art Department, click here.