Spratton Hall Art Department encourages all pupils to achieve excellence in art with children regularly winning national and regional art awards.
Throughout their creative journey at Spratton they have the opportunity to experience various art skills and processes in drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, printing and textiles, building the confidence to express and communicate. In Years 6, 7 and 8 pupils extend their creativity through more sustained activities some of which will be selected for the scholarship programme. They will become more independent in using visual language to communicate their own ideas, feelings and meanings.
The art studios provide a light and stimulating space for all forms of artistic creativity. In addition to the 2 timetabled art lessons, the older pupils can access the art rooms for independent learning most lunch times and the younger children can join them two lunch times a week. There are two after school Art Clubs.
At Spratton, we are proud of our sketchbooks, they are used in class and at home for recording art experiences and imagination, first hand observational drawing, artist information and developing ideas towards building a personal portfolio.
There are three art trips to galleries and museums each year. Year 8 visits the National Portrait Gallery. Year 6 visits the world famous Pre-Raphaelite collection in Birmingham City Art Gallery and Year 4 visit Burghley House. The venues change regularly.
Each pupil has 3 pictures displayed each year in the Hunter Hall gallery. Larger paintings, ceramics and textiles are displayed around the school.
Pupils regularly partake and win a variety of competitions and young peoples’ exhibitions such as the Junior Painting Competition run by Sightsavers in conjunction with the Royal Academy and in other schools such as the Prep School Art Exhibition at Stowe.
It is always busy in the Art Department with canvases on easels, larger structures being made for drama or just for hanging in the hall and wired and wonderful outfits with masks for the very popular Year 8 Fashion Show. Also plates, heads and pots in various stages of ceramic production, a height of activity, just the way we like it!