Head of Department: Charlotte Orford


Adrian Box, MA
Toby Parker, BA, FSA Scot, FRAS  Teacher of History of Art
Georgina Davidson  Art Technician

The Art School at Haileybury offers pupils a range of opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills both inside and outside lesson time through the co-curricular activities programme. The many areas of study offered by the department include drawing, painting, printing, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, and photography.

Art is a popular examination subject at Haileybury and set sizes for exam pupils are limited to 15 to allow pupils to pursue individually selected project themes and receive excellent one-to-one teaching. The Department offers courses at GCSE, AS, A2 and IB.

Pupils study Art in the Lower School and Removes before the subject becomes an exam option at GCSE. During this time, pupils are given a broad arts education, allowing a wide range of disciplines and styles to be explored. The department places importance on building drawing skills from Lower School 1 (Year 7) right through to Upper Sixth, giving pupils the means and confidence to translate ideas into any area of art. In the Sixth Form, pupils have the opportunity to work from a Life model and have a dedicated studio space to use outside class time.

The Art School studios are open almost every evening for exam and non-examination candidates of all ages, and these sessions are well attended throughout the year.

Art scholarships are available at 11+, 13+ and at Sixth Form level. Art Society meetings, founded in the 1920s, and workshops, are held once or twice a term, on a diverse range of topics, from glass painting to fashion and jewellery design. All Art exam pupils are expected to attend, but the meetings are open to all. Being on London's doorstep, pupils have easy access to a wealth of art galleries, and the Autumn term trip to the London Galleries has proved invaluable each year in enriching pupils’ coursework and exam projects.

The Art School is a well-equipped, large bright building boasting ample studio space on two floors, with printing equipment and facilities for ceramics and photography, both traditional and digital. A substantial library is available for pupils' use and Adobe Creative Suite is an integral part of the department's computer resources.

The Art School puts on regular exhibitions to showcase the work of its pupils (and other artists), the highlight of the Art calendar being the annual Speech Day Art Exhibition, to which parents, pupils, staff and friends are invited. Haileybury also hosts the popular Prep and Primary Schools Art and Creative Writing Competitions as part of a Festival of Arts each summer, while the House Art Competition takes place biennially, for both Haileybury artists and non-examination artists.





"Pupils are able to explore the use of a different medium through etching, painting, drawing, construction, carving, modelling, printing, sculpture, textiles and ceramics."

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