At St Mary's we enjoy taking Art seriously. Many opportunities exist for girls of all ages to develop a wide range of skills. In the many purpose-built studios, you will find pupils following carefully structured courses and working on original one-off creative projects during the day and at weekends.
Most evenings there are activities which offer some specialisation in things like pottery, clock-making, decorative arts and time for independent study in the studios with experienced staff, who are all practising artists as well as experienced teachers. The studio facilities are also open in the afternoons at weekends with help available from the art staff.
Workshops are held at weekends to enable girls to work with visiting artists and learn new skills; this year these have featured stained glass and calligraphy. Students in the Sixth Form study some of the more controversial developments in visual art, as a background to their own personal development. They also begin Life Drawing with a model visiting the school each week.
In the UVI Form there is a greater depth of specialisation in research projects, and each year typically one or two girls will typically go on to study at one of the top Higher Education Art Institutes.