Cumnor’s Art Department has an outstanding reputation for excellence and is a hub for nurturing individual creativity.

We provide our children with a treasure chest of skills and opportunities to develop their creativity and imagination, experience success in learning and achieve their full artistic potential. Our distinct approach is consistently recognised through the number of Art Scholarships our children have secured at a range of senior schools including King’s Canterbury, Sevenoaks, Brighton College, Eastbourne College, Tonbridge, Bedes and Lancing College.

Inspired by our dedicated Head of Art, Art Assistant and artist visits throughout the year, Cumnor children are encouraged to develop their own skills, ideas and knowledge of a wide range of materials, processes and techniques using both 2D and 3D media – including drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, ceramics, sculpture and animation.

Children’s work is displayed throughout the year across the School and we are regularly invited to enter art competitions and exhibit work in the local community and galleries. We also welcome a selection of visiting artists to work with the children. Children who show interest in further developing their artistic potential are encouraged to attend Art Clubs and Art Occupations and holiday art courses.

It is my aim to inspire and stimulate the imaginations of all budding Cumnor Artists so that they can learn to appreciate and experiment with many different media. I feel it is important to cover the formal elements and build on technical ability from an early age as well as challenging our young artists to forge their own ideas and feed their imaginations. Introducing our new termly ‘sketchbook awards’, will encourage the keeping of art journals, diaries which will hopefully become a life long habit.

The Art Department is a buzzing hive of activity; most break times will see the studio full of students occupied in their creative endeavours.

Kerrie Pope

Head of Art