Art Department

At Cordwalles, the fundamental belief is that every boy has some level of creative ability, and it is my aim to grow this creativity in as wide a manner as possible whilst also instilling a lasting interest and appreciation in the subject of Art.

A broad range of disciplines are covered and projects include individual and group work. Pupils also work with clay frequently and learn how to fire and glaze their work. The boys experience drawing, painting, print making, papier mache, mask making, wire sculpture and entrepreneurial skills along with recycling projects.


Whilst developing their ability to observe, investigate, respond to and record the world around them, children are encouraged to use a variety of forms and media whilst being taught a range of techniques and the use of tools as appropriate to each stage of development and individual needs.

Boys are taught across the curriculum through topic work. Children are encouraged to develop their creativity and imagination by exploring the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes. Trips to galleries and artists’ studios happen regularly and visits by local artists, who demonstrate their style of work, help the boys to understand different cultures and produce an awareness and appreciation of art.

The Aims of Art:

  • To instil an interest and love for the subject whether practical, historical or theoretical.
  • To teach students the methods and techniques involved in a wide range of creative processes.
  • To provide students with the opportunity to develop their abilities using the various media involved.