The Art department at Ardingly provides encouragement, stimulus and opportunities for children to develop their creativity and imagination. They are encouraged to take risks with their work and are given the opportunity to develop their skills using a wide variety of techniques, media and processes. They take time to research and appreciate artists’ work and develop their analytical, creative and critical thinking skills. We also work closely with other departments in the school to link the work students do in Art with other subjects wherever possible.
Those children who are keen to pursue Art further can attend art club sessions each week, where they build on their passion for the subject. They have the time to develop their own projects and work collaboratively in both 2D and 3D media.
At the end of the summer term, we hold a joint Pre-Prep and Prep school Art Exhibition, to display and celebrate all the wonderful work the children have created throughout the year.
Students have the opportunity to enter a range of creative competitions throughout the year, both at Ardingly and by representing the school in external competitions. An annual Whole School Art Exhibition and competition is held every Michaelmas term in the Senior School Art gallery which showcases a wide range of Art work from students across the whole college.