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Art At Cheltenham College

Cheltenham College Art Department is housed in a unique space that is made up of five large practical areas: ‘The Main Studio’, where the majority of Third Form and GCSE students are taught, ‘The Yellow Studio’ which is an all purpose teaching space and a very large ‘Upper College Studio’. Along-side this we have a well equipped Ceramics / 3D area containing two kilns and 4 electric potter’s wheels and a separate Printmaking / Resources Studio. ‘The Rotunda; Collaborative Learning Centre’, is a beautiful circular library extremely well stocked with Art reference books both historical and contemporary. We are very proud of our Art department gallery called ‘The White Gallery’ which provides an interactive exhibition space for College,  the local community and beyond. Our department surrounds the stunning ‘Thirlestaine Long Gallery’, known as the ‘TLG’, which is an enviable space for exhibitions, theatrical and musical performance, teaching and lectures.

Art at Cheltenham College is a lively, diverse, exciting & stimulating place for all. The Art department encourages work to be produced in a vast range of media, with IT provision that includes six Apple Macs, an A3 laser colour printer, a large flatscreen TV in ‘The White Gallery’ and full networking facilities.

Syllabus & Exams

Since September 2014, the Third Form pupils have all followed a structured course, based on a wide range of one-off workshops giving them access to a whole range of working methods and materials. This is intended to give students an introduction to GCSE project work so that they can make an informed decision on their GCSE optional subject choices. For GCSE, we follow the AQA syllabus which can be found on the AQA website

Click the link below to take a look at some of our pupils art work:

The White Gallery

'The White Gallery' is a new exhibition area and interactive space created by Juliet Wallace-Mason, the Head of Department. It is a multi-functional space, constantly changing, but the underlying theme of many of the exhibitions is to encourage our students to create work inspired by the artists that exhibit here, so that they have the chance to exhibit their responses along-side the professionals. Visitors are always most welcome to pop in to our Open Evening events, where they can meet the artists and wonder around our exhibitions. ‘The White Gallery’ is open all week from Monday - Saturday from 7.30am to 8.00pm by appointment.

Miss Juliet Wallace-Mason, Head of Art

Art Exhibitions 2015 - 2016

Natasha Houseago

Wednesday 6 January - Wednesday 10 February

Our Spring Term exhibition 'Immortal' features the work of sculptor Natasha Houseago.  Famous for her wood sculptures, this show of her work will include maquettes, full sized carved sculptures and working drawings. Natasha has over 20 years experience teaching woodcarving and exhibiting commissioned projects here and abroad. In addition, she will be speaking at an informal evening lecture on Tuesday 2 February from 6.00pm - 7.00pm in TLG and running a carving workshop with Sixth Formers on Sunday 7 February on the lawn outside The White Gallery. Contact Miss Juliet Wallace-Mason to attend any of these events. 

Headmaster's Project

Monday 15 - Friday 19 February

Every year our new Third Year produce a piece of work which is an independent project to reflect a theme decided by the Headmaster.  Previous pieces have included video, huge canvases and sculpture and all produced to an extraordinarily high standard showing a diverse and creative approach to the task.  This year’s Project Show will be displayed during Half Term.

SATIPS National Prep Schools Art Exhibition

Saturday 23 April - Friday 6 May

Cheltenham College Preparatory School is delighted to be hosting the SATIPS National Prep Schools Art Exhibition which runs for two weeks from 23 April to 6 May 2016.   SATIPS showcases an inspiring and heart warming collection of artwork by reception to Year 8 pupils from schools up and down the country.

We feel that this is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the artwork of school children on a national platform.  Hosting this event will allow us to build upon the strong reputation that Cheltenham has as a centre of arts and culture that it has earned through its varied festivals programme.