Pangbourne's thriving Art Department aims to develop students' visual literacy, environmental awareness and the ability to respond imaginatively and creatively to the world around them.
There are three main studios where lessons are taught as well as three specialist studio for ceramics, darkroom photography, shoots and research.
A good proportion of students choose to study Art, while Photography is becoming an increasingly popular choice at Pangbourne.
Pupils at Key Stage 3 level (Forms 1-3) study a wide range of projects through which they are encouraged to produce creative, diverse and personal work in preparation for studying GCSE Art, Craft and Design. Those who choose to study GCSE Art, Craft and Design (following the AQA board) explore their own specialisms that could include areas such as paint, mixed media, print and photography, while developing their own observational skills in drawing.
Students are given access to digital media in which to produce work, which is examined alongside the more traditional skills associated with Art, and GCSE work often reaches A Level standard.
Sixth Formers can study Art, Craft and Design (following the Edexcel board), and/or Photography (following the AQA board) as part of their A Level programme, and frequently go on to study a related subject at university.
Students following exam courses are expected to devote time outside of lessons to their art work. Formal preps are not set, but regular attendance in the art school during enrichment, games or prep is very strongly suggested.
In addition to the taught Art programme, regular trips to galleries and museums are arranged and visiting artists lead workshops in which students have the opportunity to work alongside the artist and engage with their practice. Sixth Form students have the opportunity to attend international trips, allowing them both to study art first hand and work in new and inspiring settings.