The study of art provides a vital form of expression and opens up additional ways to experience and appreciate the world around us. At King Edward’s, we seek to provide an exciting and stimulating environment in which boys can develop their critical, practical and creative skills, and explore their artistic potential.

Art is taught in three separate studios, which are dedicated to painting, printmaking and ceramics. In each of the first three years all pupils are taught a project in each area so that they gain equal access to, and experience of, the diverse areas of the subject.

At GCSE, the art and design course covers drawing, painting, mixed media, printing, sculpture and ceramics. Pupils are taught the principles of the different techniques and how to approach the specific materials, and learning is consolidated through workshops led by practising artists.

Studying art in galleries is an integral part of the course and pupils will be expected to make reference to the works of other artists, different cultures and art movements in relation to their own work. Creativity and expression of pupils’ own ideas is encouraged from the start of the course and we seek to develop the practical skills boys need to succeed as creative thinkers.

  • Sixth Form

    The IB Visual Arts course is very much about continuing to learn how to create. Through a taught programme full of new experiences, media and techniques, pupils generate their own ideas, substantiated against concepts and practice of other artists, and conclude by curating their own exhibition.

    The quality of teaching and experiences does not differ between the Higher and Standard Level courses, but Standard Level has fewer lessons and pupils will not be expected to deliver the same number of pieces as Higher Level candidates. Initially work follows a themed project and teaching explores the diverse nature of art through a variety of experiences and cultures. In the second year, pupils work to produce their own projects that form the basis of their final assessment, most of which will become their final exhibition.

    There are three field trips, one of which is a residential that usually takes place abroad; recent locations have included Antwerp, Brussels, Berlin, Venice and Edinburgh. These trips provide an essential opportunity for pupils to gain first-hand experience of studying artwork and develop an understanding of what they value as artists and why.

    Our pupils go on to the best universities to study a range of disciplines from fine art, film, photography and illustration to architecture, automotive design and product design.

  • Beyond the classroom

    We enter our pupils’ work into a range of national and international competitions, such as the Rise Art Prize, and also support competitions entered by other academic departments through the production of films and materials. Art Society provides the opportunity for pupils to share details of projects that they have been working on with their peers.


Artwork gallery

View our department gallery showcasing a selection of our pupils’ work.

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