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.
At Cumnor we feel passionately that art forms a vital part of every child’s education. We recognise that artistic experiences boost critical thinking and enable children to be creative and visual thinkers. Developing observational skills, enhances the child’s visual sensitivity to the world and enables them to develop their creative problem- solving and analytical skills. Art allows children to express their feelings and ideas, both as a means of self-expression and communication with others. We also recognise the importance of art instruction to help children with the development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness whilst engaging and responding to the wider world.
The Art Department is a buzzing hive of activity; most break times will see the studio full of students occupied in their creative endeavours.