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“Art is an expression of what it means to be human. Art-making and viewing art allows us to process our experiences. Art helps us to express and to understand the world around us.” Unknown wise artist and art appreciator

Our creative environment

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There are countless opportunities for children to try their hand at a wide range of media and techniques

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Children learn from each other and are inspired by the talents they see in their peers

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Project work gives opportunities for reflection and improvement of pupils' own work

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We cultivate children's artistic ambition by helping them to develop an appreciation of others' work

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Guided learning

All pupils are encouraged to develop their art work in a sketchbook, refining their skills with guidance from the teacher rather than instruction, whenever possible.

Our Art studies in the Prep school range from self-portraiture to creating mosaics, sculpture to ceramics, clay creatures to recycling projects, print making to drawing and painting. There is certainly something for everyone!

Our Design Technology studies range from making fabric monsters to baking Christmas cakes, creating electric circuits to adapting chassis’ for battery operation, from creating acrylic pieces to Google SketchUps and metal work. The possibilities are endless!

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“Art has the role in education of helping children become themselves instead of more like everyone else.”
Sydney Gurewitz Clemens, author and consultant in early childhood education

Pennthorpe’s Creativity


specialist teachers, experts in the field of Art and DT


of the timetable is committed to creative arts


senior school Art Scholarships gained by our pupils in the last 5 years

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Design Technology

Design Technology combines the fusion of arts, sciences and technology. At Pennthorpe the subject has traditionally focused upon resistant materials, but is now broadening and developing the curriculum to explore links to new technologies and engineering, as well as including textiles and food.

Through designing and making functional products, pupils apply and enhance their knowledge of core subjects such as Maths and Science.

Developing ideas in the Art Studio
Celtic shields
Wire sculpture
Sponge printing
Working with clay
Projects in progress
DT supplies!
Battery propelled vehicle designs
Pewter jewelry
Acrylic hooks
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“I love how all artists look at the world differently. I now see things that I would never have seen before. I feel more connected with myself and the universe.”
Year 7 pupil and future Turner prize winner