The Art Department at St Catherine's is a dynamic and creative space that is open to all. We actively encourage the students to get involved in creative pursuits whether that be in class, exam studies or the wide range of clubs and activities we put on every week.

Art at St Catherine's

Full rein is given to creativity in every possible dimension, with experimentation and personal development of ideas actively encouraged. We do not have a house style and believe the heart of a good art department is one that helps the students find their own personal style and way of working. We do, however, strongly believe in teaching the formal elements and every course is started with a focus on drawing, observational skills and the use of colour. These traditional skills give the students the ability to express their ideas more clearly and therefore allows them to investigate a wide range of artists and concepts. Art is celebrated everywhere in the school and we are proud of our numerous artist-in-residence murals and installations and A2 student art commissions.

The department is based in the John Palmer Centre, which has been recently refurbished and extended. There are dedicated studios for Ceramics, a state of the art Photography studio and darkroom and a beautiful Sixth Form Fine Art as well as a large, bright main art studio. There is also a gallery at the heart of the building that has regular exhibitions of students work as well as visiting Artists.