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Encouraged by specialist teachers, our children develop their use and control of a wide range of artistic materials, tools and techniques. By cultivating their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art, craft and design from different eras and cultures our young artists become more confident in communicating what they see, feel and think. Not to mention being better able to evaluate their own work and that of other artists.

Exhibiting children’s art around the school as well as entering competitions like ‘Young Art Oxford’ encourages a real sense of pride in the high quality of artwork produced.

In fact, those children who show a genuine talent and passion for art are invited to attend sessions, where they compile a personal portfolio. It’s little wonder that our children regularly achieve art scholarships or awards to senior schools.

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Young Art Oxford 2023

Chandlings Prep continues to excel at Young Art Oxford and this year had 28 artworks displayed which were chosen from over 3000 entries. 

Young Art Oxford is an annual art exhibition open to all Oxfordshire schools with children from any year between Reception to Year 9. It is a wonderful opportunity for young aspiring artists to have their work judged by well known professionals and artists and for them to be exhibited. Each year the children have a different theme on which to base their art with this year’s theme being ‘Power’.


Year 6 - Pumpkin Project

Pumpkin Project - These observational drawings of pumpkins are taken from real life, using oil pastel techniques to blend the colours and create three-dimensional looking shapes.

The clay pumpkins are inspired by the work of British ceramic artist Kate Malone, whose sculptures are inspired by natural forms. The pupils join 2 pinch pots together to create a hollow form, then use modelling techniques to create realistic details.


Year 6 - Outdoor Art

These artworks are inspired by British artist Andy Goldsworthy who works outdoors in different environments. The pupils gather natural objects from the school grounds, such as leaves, seed heads, berries and flowers to create their own arrangements. These are photographed and used to design wall hangings or mobiles, which are decorated with colourful leaf rubbings using a technique known as wax resist.


Year 5 - Insects

Inspired by the artist Nora Fok, the students create models of insects using natural objects such as leaves, twigs, acorns. The students explore the anatomy of insects by creating monoprints and collages using rubbings of different textures.


Year 5 - Creepy Crawlies made from natural materials

Art Scholars - Examples of scholar work

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