A centre for creative thinking
The Art department is a hive of creative activity. With its outstanding and varied facilities, every child has the opportunity to find their own individual strength. Gaining confidence through learning to make independent creative decisions as well as stretching the imagination through self-expression is at the heart of what we do.
We also believe in laying the foundations in art and design so that each child has a good grasp of the fundamental principles behind the production of art.
Development through expert teaching and resources
For those children who enjoy the physical process of making in 3D we have a purpose built stone and wood carving area as well as a fully equipped pottery. Pupils learn to carve in Bath stone, Portland stone as well as soapstone. Our Artist in Residence works along side the children which gives them the unique experience of learning through having a practising artist on their doorstep.
We understand the need for people to be able to think differently, to adapt and be creative. Pupils are given opportunities to discover their strengths through the rich and varied creative experiences they get here at Millfield Prep. We strongly believe that pupils here have the right circumstances to bring out the very best of their talents.
Pupils are encouraged to research artists and develop personal projects. These self-led projects enable children to discover for themselves and teaches them independent creative thinking skills.
Opportunities to explore and exhibit artwork
Pupils can discover artists and experiment with their style through trips to various galleries and museums both locally (Cardiff, Bristol, Bath) as well further afield (London and abroad). We have close links with Millfield Senior School and take full advantage of their internationally acclaimed Atkinson Gallery.
We organise cross-curriculum focus days where once a year all Year 7 pupils come off timetable for the day and are treated to a whole range of workshops. Pupils get a great sense and deeper understanding of a theme or culture when it is experienced across the subject range.
Pupils also have the opportunity to exhibit their work throughout the school, enter competitions and take part in Somerset Art Weeks, which celebrates art in the local community and beyond.
We believe that every child is an artist and that it is our role to build confidence and inspire each and every pupil to create and express themselves using their own unique and special talents.