The Art Department teaches on average a quarter of the School at exam level each year, in addition to offering the whole of B Block a foundation course in the visual arts. All the Lower School teachers are actively involved in designing and developing the curriculum - a general programme of drawing, painting, photography, ceramics and printmaking, and while Art History is not taught formally, it pervades every aspect of the work undertaken in the studio. Pupils are encouraged to use the department in their free time both during the week and at weekends and the Art School is fully staffed throughout these busy periods.

The principle that the Repton Art Department teaches Fine Art is the foundation for work in the Sixth Form. Drawing is key to the pupils’ development as artists and is taught formally in front of the life model, objects or from the landscape. From this foundation pupils can then explore other media, such as painting, three-dimensional relief and sculpture work, through mixed-media experiments and research.

In the Upper Sixth, as well as having three teachers in a practical Art classroom, each pupil will have a personal tutor who oversees his/her work in three component areas of the A level course, and individual tutorials are held with them on a regular basis. All our A-level teachers are themselves practitioners and bring knowledge of art through personal experience of their own work. Pupils are further exposed to the work of other artists through the Gallery exhibition scheme with Loughborough University School of Art and Design and through regular visits to museums and galleries here and abroad.

Mr Ian Whitfield, Director of Art

Ian first joined Repton in 2007 as the Artist-in-Residence and taught for a number of years before becoming Head of Art at Blackheath High School in London. He returned to Repton as the new Director of Art in 2015. Ian studied for an MA in painting at the Royal College of Art, as well as completing two BAs, in Fine Art and Art History and Literature.