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.
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