Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, and HE Philip Parham, British Ambassador to the UAE, officially opening the Beautiful World Calligraphy Exhibition

Art is very popular at Cranleigh, both as an Academic subject (see Academic section) and as an optional activity, and there are plenty of opportunities for pupils to get involved. Moreover, at Cranleigh, we further broaden the experience of our pupils by hosting exhibitions and workshops, and by running trips to local galleries. Our location on Saadiyat Island, the cultural centre of the city, affords us with the ability to take advantage of a world class selection of galleries, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

The Cranleigh Art Department ethos:

  • To ensure all pupils have a positive experience, that gives each child confidence and a belief that they can do well in Art and Design/Fine Art (GCSE/A-Level). This is achieved by rewarding thinking, observation, creativity and imagination
  • For all pupils to experience a wide range of different approaches and attitudes to art, through practical and written work, as well as in discussion
  • To relate all pupil work to the ideas and practice of artists
  • To develop pupil’s skills in visual literacy: drawing from observation and imagination, interpreting and ‘reading’ artefacts, developing and experimenting, realising and evaluating
  • To start to introduce GCSE/A-Level trends and practices
  • To provide the beginnings of an outline of Art History for the development of pupil’s practical outcomes and to curate personal learning journeys