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Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
Salvador Dali

The Art Department at St Birinus School is a calming inspirational environment that breeds hard work and fulfillment. Art is more than just a subject studied at school; it is an outlet for many to express themselves in a physical and emotional manner. While at SBS students have the opportunity to learn a variety of new skills from traditional painting to more contemporary Photoshop skills.

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The Art De­part­ment has the be­ne­fit of being housed in a semi open plan pur­pose built fa­cil­ity. We have three main art stu­dios which are per­fect for draw­ing and paint­ing due to an abund­ance of nat­ural light. We are also lucky enough to have a 3D Design based stu­dio, com­plete with pot­ters wheels and its own Kiln.

The Art De­part­ment also boasts an Apple Mac suite with ac­cess to image edit­ing soft­ware and high qual­ity print­ing fa­cil­it­ies.Our Pho­to­graphy De­part­ment in­cludes a pur­pose built dark­room and a pro­fes­sional pho­to­graphy stu­dio. These fa­cil­it­ies place the de­part­ment at the fore­front of Sec­ond­ary Art Edu­ca­tion.

Related Extra-Curricular and Other School Activities

The Department is lucky enough to have in house artists who attend the school on a yearly basis and work with Gifted and Talented students, usually producing a whole school project like the recent Canteen Mural. Educational visits include KS4 to Cornwall and the Eden Project for Photography and to the Oxford Pitt Rivers for Fine ART. KS5 visits include annual trips to the museums and galleries of London.


Mr R Hudson, Head of Art –
Mr S Brown –
Miss C Gooch -
Mrs S Lawson –