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“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Pablo Picasso

Art is a subject enjoyed by everyone at Ashdown House, regardless of ability. Our lessons inspire personal expression, cultural understanding and promote imaginative risk taking.

We seek to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, to experiment, to invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Pupils learn to think creatively and critically. They investigate and evaluate a wide range of artistic work from the past and present to develop an understanding of the many disciplines within art, craft and design and how they shape our history and future. 

The curriculum is broad and pupils are introduced to a wide range of materials and processes: drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, creative craft, collage, textiles, photography, installation and site specific works, digital and new media, design and graphic design.

We regularly exhibit the children’s art around the school and enter competitions and exhibitions such as ‘Draw me In’ at the Towner Gallery. We share our art work with the whole school in assemblies, which creates a real sense of pride in the high quality of artwork produced. The children have many opportunities to pursue Art outside lesson times, through a programme of extra clubs and activities. Those who show a genuine talent and passion for the subject are invited to attend sessions where they compile a personal portfolio. It is little wonder that our children regularly achieve art scholarships or awards to senior schools.