A combination of practical skills and sound intellectual enquiry are at the heart of Art at Cranleigh Abu Dhabi. Through this engagement, we ensure that children will grow in confidence both in their practical work and in their intellectual grasp of the decisions they have made.

Pupils have the opportunity to explore new forms of artistic expression through a mix of techniques and materials. Ceramics, painting, drawing and dry point etching are just a few of the principles that students explore. There is a focus on student centred learning and each child is encouraged to push themselves beyond traditional zones.

The Art Department recognises that the nature of learning is changing. To that end, we have set up an Instagram and YouTube account to celebrate and assist in the education of our young art students.

Portrait by Y11 GCSE Student

In the Art Department, the academic and creative approaches are seen as synonymous, each giving strength to the other. There is a focus on Art History and empowering students to form their own opinions about art and the world in which they live.

Cranleighans are fortunate to study within a stone’s throw of Manarat Al Saadiyat, a state-of-the-art high-tech centre for interactive, local cultural displays and international exhibitions, plus theatre. The Manarat Al Saadiyat is also host for the annual Abu Dhabi Art, a prestigious art fair that takes place every November, featuring art gallerias, art and design foundations, as well as additional educational programming and talks.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is also within walking distance and ultimately, Saadiyat’s extraordinary Cultural District will be home to the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and other world leading museums including a Performing Arts Centre.