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At Oakham we aim to make the creative experience of producing Art as accessible as possible, embracing the spirit of Joseph Beuys’ statement “Everyone is an artist”.

The Art and Design Department comprises an experienced team of specialist teachers, who are practising artists in their own right and who strongly encourage individual expression, experimentation and invention in our pupils.

Our six dedicated studios in the Richard Bull Centre are alive with creativity and the range of activities, media and materials available is extensive and includes painting, textiles, sculpture and printmaking. There are also opportunities for students to explore digital photography and new electronic media.

We offer a rich and varied programme of visiting artists, curators’ talks, artists’ workshops and frequent visits to museums and galleries, including the ever-popular annual visit to meet iconic British fashion designer Sir Paul Smith in his London office.

Art is a popular option beyond School and each year large numbers of students gain places at top institutions to study across a diverse range of creative courses: from Architecture to Fashion, History of Art to Illustration. View our Careers and Leavers Destinations for the latest information on which art courses our recent leavers are following at university or specialist art college.

View what’s on this term in our Arts Calendar.

Download our Creative and Performing Arts Prospectus

"Art helps students to build an awareness with the world around them. They notice things and they learn more about other cultures, people who are different from them, with different views, with different histories. Ultimately, it helps to build communities and is about learning the true value in you and what you do."
Elinor Brass, Director of Art

At a glance


specialist Art Studios


art activities as part of the activities timetable and after school


dedicated exhibition spaces on campus: the Wheelhouse Gallery and Smallbone Library


opportunities to enter external art competitions