ExhibitionPupils studying art at Queen Elizabeth's School have the opportunity to explore a wide range of media, including drawing and painting, 3D construction, computer-generated work, and photography. We introduce critical and historical aspects of Art and Design as an integral part of students' project work.

Four members of staff teach in an open-plan arrangement of three rooms, each equipped with a multi-media computer and an electronic whiteboard. We also have a spacious studio for Sixth Form work and a number of areas around the school which are used for the display of exemplary work.

The work of the department is primarily ‘Fine Art’ based. Project work at Key Stage 3 is organised around three core areas: 'basic elements', 'natural form', and 'sign, image and symbol'.

The work includes mixed-media pieces inspired by indigineous patterns and contemporary abstract painting, sculptural forms that take the work of Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore as their inspiration, and photomontages, self-portraits and constructed heads, exploring human identity.

Pupil artThese themes provide a foundation for GCSE and A level work, which can include larger scale work and photography. The work is highly exploratory, and critical and historical study is of a sophisticated level, responding to contemporary thinking in art. When observational drawing is explored it is taken to a very high level.

Art is encouraged both as a career pathway and as a complement to other A Level subjects. We have an excellent record of results at GCSE and A Level, and of entry onto degree courses (usually in Fine Art or Architecture).

Art Club is run every lunch time. This is an opportunity for pupils to complete project work, receive extra support, or extend their ideas. 

Pupil artPupils are encouraged to make independent visits to galleries and museums in London and beyond. Previous locations for sixth form field trips include The Cotswolds, South of France, Paris, St. lves, The Slade and Chelsea Schools of Art. Selected Sixth Form students take part in the Royal Academy's 'atRAct' programme. Our past students return periodically, to speak about their experience of higher education and to show their work. Past visitors to QE have included artists Chris Ofili, Bernard Cohen, John Aiken (Professor of The Slade) and Chris Yetton (art historian at Chelsea College of Art & Design).

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12/10/2017 - “My favourite piece? The next one”: sculptor John Brown (OE 1940-1949)

John Brown has built a long and successful career creating abstract sculptures based on the human figure. His clients range from hospitals and churches to multi-national companies and private collectors, among them celebrities such as Elton John and Simon Cowell.


04/09/2017 - Colour, culture and mathematics all play a part in artist’s work at exhibition

The work of emerging artist Henry Yang will be on display this month at an East End exhibition focusing on colour and form.


21/04/2017 - Hew Purchas: back in the picture

An exhibition of the work of former QE Head of Art Hew Purchas held after his death in 2016 proved such a hit that it has now been repeated.