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.
See the virtual tour: Art Room