Art is an integral part of life at Downe House and girls have enormous enthusiasm for the subject. With three art studios, a pottery, two photography studios and a dark room, girls have the facilities at their fingertips to let their creativity soar.

Head of Department: Mrs Sally Scott

All the girls in Remove to Upper Fourth study Art and Design – we want to help them develop an appreciation of the visual world and to respond in their own, personal and creative way. Girls work with a variety of subject matter and media and develop skills to convey ideas and feelings using art, craft and design. They also develop imaginative and creative powers as well as experimental, analytical and documenting skills.

This is all supported by a specialist vocabulary and the knowledge and understanding of art, craft and design in history and contemporary society. We arrange gallery visits and workshops to give the girls first-hand experience and foster a love of art in a variety of genres and styles and from many cultures.

Pupils may then opt to pursue AQA Fine Art at GCSE level where emphasis is placed on observational drawing and painting.

Edexcel Fine Art is offered at AS and A level in the Sixth Form.

To enable girls to continue to develop creative expertise we offer co-curricular clubs are offered in Art and Pottery.

A large number of pupils go on to study Art and Design on Foundation Courses or at University leading to careers in Fine Art, Design, Fashion, Graphics, Illustration, and the Media.

Visits & Open Mornings

The best way to find out more about Downe House, is to come and experience it for yourself – arrange a visit or join us for one of our Open Mornings?