Prep Life

Art & Design

The Art and Design departments are housed in light, spacious purpose-built studios. Twyford pupils are encouraged to explore and nurture ideas to produce paintings, drawings, sculptures, models and ceramics.

Children are able to experiment with all manner of media to freely explore their creative ideas and artistic paths. These opportunities also extend beyond the classroom to school trips, where they can investigate and develop a number of personal skills to create images and artefacts. 

In Year 6 potential art scholars and children with extended interest and ability are invited to join the Extra Art Club evening sessions. Here they continue to develop their own styles and interest in a creative and bespoke environment. Recently, one of our year 8 girls had her sculpture included in the 2019 “Young Artist Summer Exhibition” at The Royal Academy of Art Competition.

In 2018, the Art Department created an incredible Remembrance Canvas on Court wall, which all children made poppies for, marking the centenary of the end of WW1. Photos of this canvas were featured in the local press. We also recently welcomed a visiting artist who worked with the Year 7s creating lino prints. During the Summer term in 2019 the Art Department hosted a whole school exhibition (every child had their work on display) in the Mulberry Pavilion for parents and local schools.

Our Design and Technology Department is located in the same building focusing on practical tasks using a ‘design and make’ approach towards problem solving activities. In the workshop each project increases in complexity and requires the pupil to learn new skills and techniques. These include developing their own dexterity through traditional hand skills using Computer Aided Design. There is a strong passion amongst many children at Twyford for DT whether working individually or as part of the team. One of our greatest team challenges has been the design and build of an eco-powered go-kart to enter, along with a driver, into the Greenpower Challenge at Goodwood race track.