Art Gallery

Arts education at OHS is an integral part of our curriculum and helps our pupils to develop a wide range of  skills such as motor, language, social, decision-making, creativity, focus, perseverance, risk-taking, emotional intelligence and inventiveness, and also teaches learners about colour, layout, perspective, and balance: all techniques that are necessary in the wider curriculum. 

During their time at OHS, pupils of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate in a range of arts activities, experience arts events and be inspired by artists and their work. Our pupil centred approach supports them in leading their own projects and even researching possible career pathways. Where appropriate, pupils are encouraged to undertake a national qualification such as an Arts or AQA unit award. 

This year, we have launched our new and innovative ‘Art Toolkit’ which is a bespoke scheme of work created in collaboration between our teaching staff and artist-in-residence, Dionne Freeman and is structured around 4 themes; painting, drawing, digital and 3D. Dionne leads weekly workshops exploring these themes and supports pupils and non-specialist teaching staff to build their skills and confidence.

OHS collaborates with a range of partners and organisations to share and develop its provision and currently holds the Gold Artsmark quality standard awarded by Arts Council England. 

Our online exhibitions showcase some of the amazing creative work produced by our pupils.

Spring Term 2

This term, pupils worked with a limited palette onto canvas board, selecting images in viewfinders and abstracting meaning. Some of the photographs show the pupils’ use of wax resist technique to reflect senses in response to places of escape.  

Pupils from the hospital school did an amazing job of decorating a robot to imagine/visualise time both past and future as part of Cheney school’s ‘Iris Robot Project’. The school are creating an exciting new piece of public art in the form of a model ‘Robot Trail’ around the school site. Each robot will have a theme designed by students to represent different ideas about the future. The striking, colourful and educational works of art will inspire the very diverse community of East Oxford and beyond. 

Spring Term 1

This term’s work on 3D has resulted in some amazing Giacometti-inspired sculptures, ceramics and pop-up books inspired by stories, clay portraits and Grayson Perry-inspired pots. Caron Houchen, a teacher who supports art and Dionne’s work at the Children’s Hospital, said,  “Our students produced some high quality, creative pieces of art in response to the artists’ work. As usual, Dionne’s expertise, encouragement and insight meant this was accessible and enjoyable for all our pupils.”

Autumn Term 2

This term we used the ‘artist’ project from the painting toolkit where we took inspiration from the techniques and theories of other artists such as Michael Craig Martin’s understanding of the impact of colour and bold form and Howard Hodgkin’s ability to encapsulate a cityscape through abstracted texture. We also researched Elizabeth Peyton’s approach to the human form using clay and to end the term we created festive landscapes.

Ryan Dennis, an HLTA who supports art at the Highfield Unit, said, ‘I was really impressed with the work the young people produced. They enjoyed the whole project and it was great to see the smiles on their faces’.

Autumn Term 1

Inspired by natural forms, our pupils experimented with texture and composition, developing ideas using imagination and exploring the identities of surfaces and subject matter through mark making and a variety of drawing approaches. Our visiting artist, Dionne was really impressed with their work and said, ‘The young people showed great attitude in experimenting with new ways of working and really good awareness of material and observational skills.’

Autumn Term 1

Inspired by natural forms, our pupils experimented with texture and composition, developing ideas using imagination and exploring the identities of surfaces and subject matter through mark making and a variety of drawing approaches. Our visiting artist, Dionne was really impressed with their work and said, ‘The young people showed great attitude in experimenting with new ways of working and really good awareness of material and observational skills.’

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01865 957480

Oxfordshire Hospital School c/o St Nicholas’ Primary School
Raymund Road
Old Marston Oxford
OX3 OPJ

For any further information please contact us on
01865 957480

Oxfordshire Hospital School c/o St Nicholas’ Primary School
Raymund Road
Old Marston Oxford
OX3 OPJ

For any further information please contact us on
01865 957480

Oxfordshire Hospital School c/o St Nicholas’ Primary School
Raymund Road
Old Marston Oxford
OX3 OPJ

For any further information please contact us on
01865 957480

Oxfordshire Hospital School c/o St Nicholas’ Primary School
Raymund Road
Old Marston Oxford
OX3 OPJ

For any further information please contact us on 01865 957480

Oxfordshire Hospital School c/o St Nicholas’ Primary School Raymund Road Old Marston Oxford OX3 OPJ