The Art School at Haileybury is a large, bright, modern and purpose-built building that provides a popular venue for pupils who choose to study Art, IB Art or History of Art as examination choices. It also caters for large quantities of Haileybury pupils who do Art as a leisure activity at different times during the week - Wednesday afternoon is currently given over to Sixth Form pupils - as well as providing class room and studio space for younger pupils who study Art up until the Middles year.
The Art School caters for painting, pottery (we have two large kilns), drawing and life drawing (drawing from nude models), sculpture/3D, photography, collage, computer art and printing (we have two large printing presses). There are art activities for all age groups and the Art School is open every evening and every Saturday and usually for a period on Sundays. The atmosphere is a relaxed and friendly one, even more so outside of class time! Pupils can listen to music, mingle with their friends and generally have fun being creative!
Each year the Department hosts major end-of-year art exhibitions in the Summer term, as well as the popular Haileybury Art and Creative Writing Competition at the end of the Winter term. The recently introduced and first ever Haileybury House Art Competition was held in October 2008 and proved a great success with pupils of all ages. This competition will be held like those in Music and Drama, ie every two years.
Numbers of pupils choosing to study Art at Haileybury have doubled in the past year at AS Level and this is very pleasing and encouraging for Art Department staff who feel they must be doing something right! The art team currently numbers four full-time staff and a studio manager/technician.
"Haileybury has an incredible Art Department: along with its teachers and their ceaseless enthusiasm, art becomes one of the most stimulating environments that any pupil could wish to create, think and learn in." - Olivia Wills