The Art Department at Lewes Old Grammar is an exciting place to be. Pupils are encouraged, with expert guidance, to express them creatively within a visually provocative environment. The Art Room is a hive of activity; a daring and explorative space. Its highly creative atmosphere makes for dynamic, vibrant and original work. Every pupil’s artistic skills and vision are individual, and our small class sizes allow for close personal direction to support pupils in realizing their full potential.

Art nurtures and develops the academic as well as the creative talents of all pupils. It enables understanding, seeing, and questioning the world around them. It is vital that pupils open their eyes, minds and souls to the beauty and vitality of the world, and that they come to see the relevance and potential of art in their future lives as inventive and engaging individuals.

Pupils at Lewes Old Grammar produce a diverse range of work using a variety of techniques and skills. Drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture are all explored throughout their time at school.

Practical demonstrations are an essential part of all art lessons. So, too, are sketchbooks: These should be seen as a personal journal. Classwork, homework and personal work should be built up in a sketchbook to show a visual and personal creative dialogue. We hope that pupils have a sense of achievement and pride in their work. Visits to galleries, museums, landscapes, and places of interest, with regular trips to London and the surrounding Lewes area, support and enhance our art projects.

Art students have also had the opportunity to travel to Madrid, Berlin, Paris and the south of France.

During the national lockdown, all Art lessons continued online. The Art department created work and challenges for pupils to get outside and engaged with nature. This was a creativity opportunity to focus on taking notice of the natural world. Our pupils created imagery of their natural environment, family, beloved pets and contemplative coastal scenes.

It is the Art Department’s philosophy to enrich and enliven every day. Pupils are encouraged to enjoy their lessons and are expected to view themselves, and each other, as artists.

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