An “open studio” policy in the art department means pupils can drop in and work on coursework projects under staff supervision during break times, lunchtimes and after school. Junior art club enables Third to Lower Fifth Form pupils (Years 7 – 9) the opportunity to try new techniques. Life drawing classes for sixth form pupils help to develop pupils’ observational skills and their understanding of the human form.
The gallery in the art department hosts a number of exhibitions throughout the academic year, displaying artwork by pupils, staff, alumni and students from WESC. The whole school community is encouraged to participate in The Big Draw (the national campaign for drawing) in the autumn term.
We have art departments working collaboratively in each of the pre-prep, junior and senior school sections. Each summer term, Year 2 pupils visit the senior school from Exeter Pre-Prep School in Exminster and are given the opportunity to undertake printmaking masterclasses in the Exeter School senior studios. This gives them a taste of life at the Exeter School campus. Upper Two (Year 6) also get this opportunity in order to get a flavour of life in the Third Form (Year 3).
The art department has well-established links with the alumni office and regularly runs creative competitions, invites alumni working in the field of art and design to work with current pupils, and hosts exhibitions of work by past pupils and staff.
Every summer, the department joins forces with the design technology department to host an exhibition of work showcasing the breadth of talent across the school.