Art

The Alleyn’s Art Department is a lively and exciting place. Students value the creative outlet and freedom that Art at Alleyn’s allows, as well as appreciating our fantastic resources which enable them to realise ambitious and sophisticated artworks.

Art occupies a unique position in the school curriculum, providing students with the practical and conceptual skills to go on highly rewarding and creative personal journeys. A special language of self-expression and communication, it combines the intuitive, intellectual and emotional faculties.  Teaching students to think and act critically and creatively is central to our aims, as is fostering a sense of excitement and possibility, and facilitating works which students create with a sense of pride and achievement.  

In Years 7-9, pupils undertake two thematic projects each year, as well as a personal project. Each project is designed to provide an engaging stimulus for pupils to develop their practical skills.  A knowledge of art across a broad range of media and contemporary art, as well as older works, provides a resource for pupils. At GCSE, projects are teacher-led initially, becoming pupil-directed later. Pupils may use whichever form is most appropriate to produce a personal final piece in response to the theme. The Pre U Art course in the Upper School enables students to start thinking and working as artists and is designed much like an art foundation course. AS Photography is also offered. Several students each year choose to undertake art-related further education and gain places on highly competitive art foundation and art degree courses, as well as on art history and architecture courses.

Art occupies a prominent place in the life of Alleyn’s. Each year the Summer Show occupies several public spaces within the school, celebrating students’ work outside the department. Other exhibitions and art competitions throughout the year create additional exciting platforms for our students, while regular lunchtime talks and studio visits, with a range of high profile practitioners, further enriches their experience. Visits to London art galleries inspire them, as do our trips abroad to cities such as Venice, Berlin and Amsterdam.

"It was creation, it was raw and it was the frontier of the contemporary world, and was one of the best experiences I've ever had."

- Art student commenting on the Art trip to the Venice Biennale

"I would definitely recommend Art as a subject, because you get to create so many great artworks and can really develop ideas that interest you, which is unlike any other subject."

- Art student

A group of pupils working on painting and drawing in an art room

Pupils working in the cafe and the garden of Dulwich Picture Gallery