Art is thriving subject at Dean Close which maintains a high profile, with work exhibited all around the School.  There is an exceptional two-storey Art School which provides a versatile and creative environment within which artists can immerse themselves and explore their talent and potential.

    Standards at Dean Close are consistently high thanks to the dedication and enthusiasm of the staff and Scholars alike and each year the Department sees many of its Scholars graduate with top grades.  A good proportion go on to some of the country’s most acclaimed Art Schools including Central St Martins, Chelsea, Kingston and The Slade.

    The Art School’s BonBernard Gallery, in the entrance to the building, is also a major asset and, in recent years, has been the venue for a variety of excellent exhibitions.  National and local professional artists, including photographers, painters, sculptors and Old Decanians exhibit in the Gallery on a regular basis and, whenever possible, provide talks and practical workshops for Scholars.  Most importantly, the Gallery also shows the work of Scholars. Field trips and excursions provide crucial stimulus with regular visits made to important London galleries and Art tours abroad, most recently to Rome.

    Candidates will be expected to show not only
     a strong level of technical skill, but also, and perhaps more importantly, an imaginative, enthusiastic and original approach to the subject which suggests great potential to develop in future years.  Art teachers in the submitting scho

    ols are urged only to enter candidates who have a genuinely strong, natural aptitude and, therefore, a realistic chance of success in the scholarship.

    What is expected of a 13+ Scholar:

      • to maintain an excellent work ethic at all times and to achieve a consistently high standard of work

      • to take Art to at least GCSE level

      • to act as role models for achievement and behaviour within their peer group while in the Art School

      • to attend Art Club on a regular basis

      • to be prepared to assist Art staff with tasks or activities upon their request

    What is expected of a 16+ Scholar:

      • to maintain an exceptional work ethic at all times and to achieve a consistently excellent standard of work

      • to take A level Art

      • to aim to be an inspiration to other pupils of all ages working within the Art School in terms of achievement and ambition

      • to be available to assist the Director of Art and other department members whenever possible for various Art School activities and events (such as exhibitions, private views and Art Club) as requested

      • to be available for specialist tours with prospective parents

    13+ and 16+ Scholarship Applications

    Candidates should complete an Art Scholarship Entry Form and submit it, with a CD containing 5 good examples of their work.

    (NB: If there are more than six 13+ candidates applying at any one time then selection will take place and these candidates who have been successful will be notified before the end of the Michaelmas Term).

    Successful candidates will be invited, with their portfolios, to the Art School where they will sit a 1½ hour observational drawing test and be interviewed by the Director of Art. Candidates will be expected to talk about their work with confidence and express their views and ideas about Art and artists in a convincing manner.  Creativity, individuality and technical flair along with a commitment to and a passion for the subject should be clearly evident.