Art

Our art room is a hive of creativity. Amongst the activities boys enjoy are drawing, painting, printing, sculpture, modelling with clay and learning digital art. We encourage self-expression and we develop self-confidence alongside teaching an appreciation for a range of artists and their work.

As part of the curriculum boys will typically have three projects a year, usually cross-curricular and using 2D and 3D media. In addition, they enjoy a very wide range of extremely popular Other Half art clubs where they work with different media such as oils and inks. Art clubs alternate each week between working on individual projects and taught sessions where boys might look at a particular artist and learn a new skill inspired by their work. External tutors run specialist sessions on subjects as varied as architecture themed contextual study or art history.

Boys in Years 6 to 8 can also take part in Saturday workshops which run twice a term. The workshops are taught by a visiting artist and cover a range of media which may include, for example, sculpture, botanical drawing and printmaking.

Boys are proud of their work and there are plenty of opportunities to enter exhibitions and competitions. During Artweeks the Art and CDT departments open their doors to the public with a fantastic display of the boys’ work. In 2018, 21 boys saw their work exhibited at Young Art Oxford.

Our artists win many awards from the Ruskin School of Art Prize to the art scholarship at Abingdon school - the latter for the last four consecutive years.

If you would like further information about art at Abingdon Prep please email our Head of Art, Sherrey Tysom.  

You can also view the art curriculum by year group.

Pupils will explore artists both historical and contemporary to inspire a variety of artistic experiments. 

We also link to world events such as Christmas, Easter, Diwali, Remembrance Day and at times work on the set, and props for school plays.

We structure the club alternating between a taught session and free choice week for pupils to work on pieces of their own choosing too.

The club is taught by our clay specialist Martha Evans. Martha allows each boy to extend his own creativity, whilst encouraging 3D building skills to create a variety of complex and skilful ceramic work.

The charge is £7.00 per pupil per session and Martha Evans will send out details of charging at the start of each term. Payment is made directly to Martha.

This term, Craft Crew will be focusing on the topic: All Around the World. This topic will help us learn and understand about different arts and crafts around the world. We will be getting involved in a range of activities including; painting Australian Indigenous Art, creating Chinese dragon puppets, imitating Adrinka Fabric Painting and practising henna hands.

Pupils will focus on the process of creating contemporary artwork rather than just the outcome, exploring modern ways of experimenting with a wide range of unusual materials, as well as more regular art processes; such as card sculpture, photography, 3D building and painting.

Art Scholarship candidates are encouraged to attend if possible to add a deeper breadth to portfolios.

An introduction to oil painting run by professional artist Catherine Binnie

Pupils will have the opportunity to explore a variety of oil painting techniques using brushes and palette knives on canvas, board and paper .

We will examine the variety of approaches used by Painters through time . Pupils will be encouraged to experiment using their own ideas and responses and to focus on the process as much as the outcome.

All materials included.

There will be a charge of £7.50 per pupil per session and a charge of £10 for the half term course for materials which will be applied to each pupil’s termly account in arrears. Please note that a charge for all sessions for the term will be applied regardless of sessions attended unless a pupil has been attending a school generated fixture or event and is unable to attend the activity for that reason.

In these weekly sessions, the children will be creating art and crafts out of recycled materials. The projects can range from up-cycled toys to models and accessories. Alongside creating new things, the children will learn the positive impact recycling and reusing has on our planet.  

An introduction to stone carving run by professional artist, Catherine Binnie.

Working with blocks of natural limestone, mallets and chisels, pupils will learn the process of stone carving from roughing out to sanding and will have the opportunity to create a carving using their own ideas. For inspiration we will look at both historical and contemporary carvings from around the world. All materials and tools provided.

There will be a charge of £7.50 per pupil per session and a charge of £10 for the half term course for materials which will be applied to each pupil’s termly account in arrears. Please note that a charge for all sessions for the term will be applied regardless of sessions attended unless a pupil has been attending a school generated fixture or event and is unable to attend the activity for that reason.

Pupils need to wear old clothing from home as they are likely to get messy!

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