Visual Arts - Art, Photography, Textiles

Head of Department – Ms Stephanie Seville

Art and Photography Teachers:
Ms Emily West
Mr James Buckley

Textile Teachers:
Mrs Kate Bond

Art Technicians:
Ms Kim Underwood
Mrs Anna Hudson

‘Art and design education is concerned, fundamentally, with creativity; developing the capacity for it and learning to appreciate its manifestations.’ Michael Buchanan

We aim to provide a rich forum for creative learning, an appreciation of the visual arts and an understanding of visual language. The art curriculum is designed to combine skill-building with exposure to a breadth of styles, genres and themes. Students are given the freedom to take creative risks, together with the time and space to refine their ideas. Self-directed learning is encouraged; as students progress through the department they move between media according to their interests and aptitudes to develop a visual language of their own.

The range of available media is wide, from painting, printmaking and sculptural processes to chemical photography and digital media. During their time within the art and photography departments, students work from direct observation and their imagination, in two and three dimensions, in traditional and lens-based media, individually and collaboratively. The teaching of visual literacy involves reflection upon and analysis of art and design in relation to cultural, historical and philosophical contexts.

The refurbished Creative Design Centre, opened by Sir Christopher Frayling in 2014, occupies the entire first floor of our St Peter’s building. It provides a stimulating, light and airy space in which art students can learn, create and explore. Students regularly gain entry to prestigious art colleges and the quality of their work reflects some highly personalised learning journeys.


Co-curricular opportunities include Baines Art Club, GCSE Art Club, Photography Club and Saturday Active Art. The Scholarship Enrichment Programme offers workshops in association with the Holburne Museum and visiting artists regularly provide enrichment opportunities within College. Life drawing workshops are also available for A Level students.