Art and Design

Paper tearing, tower building, mark making, jelly sculpting, water colouring canvas, stretching storytelling, paint smearing, trees blowing, sound recording, word creating, fabric stitching, colour copying, print repeating, ink dripping, space invading, slowly looking, bodies moving, laugh alouding, video filming, photo printing, wire bending, people expressing, things hanging, wobbly drawing, alternative thinking, memory jogging…

In art, we keep an open mind as to what we may discover, and we pride ourselves on being a breeding ground of creativity. It is our aim to provide students with the best experience possible in the subject. We work with a wide range of materials which include drawing and painting, printmaking, textiles, sculpture, and photography. Originality and independence of thought is paramount - students learn to think and act as artists and designers whilst also learning to appreciate other art works, and to understand the context in which they are made.

Our four teaching staff are highly qualified, enthusiastic, and passionate about Art in all its guises. Our students have access to four spacious and bright studios, two of which are equipped with printing presses. We also have a reading and research room which houses an impressive selection of books, a massive collection of inspirational documentaries, as well as computers (which have paint on them). We subscribe to a number of monthly Art periodicals such as Modern Painters, Frieze, Crafts and Canvas.

There is no substitute for studying art at first hand. With the emerging and thriving contemporary art scene in Dubai we enjoy regular trips to Bastakyia, and Al Serkal Avenue art district. We encourage our students to stay up-to-date with the art world. We have enjoyed visits to Venice (The Venice Biennale), Rome, Barcelona and China. Each year we also hold our own art exhibition displaying works by GCSE and A level students.

What makes a good teacher at Dubai College?

There are so many different types of good teachers. In Art, it is really important that we get to know our students well as often, the best art is deeply personal, and is about self-expression. Good teachers help build confidence.

What are you trying to encourage and instil in your students?

A strong work ethic and a life-long love and appreciation for art.

In your opinion, what makes Dubai College special?

Most definitely the art department; this is one of my favourite places in the world. But in seriousness, it is the students. Their engagement, intelligence, love and passion for learning, zest for life, constant smiles, politeness and support, amazes and inspires me, at the very least, ten times a day.

Who or what inspires you?

Louise Bourgeois, David Hockney, Henri Matisse, Emin on occasions, Grayson Perry, Robert Rauschenberg, Joan Miro, Mona Hatoum, Bernini, Joe Tilson, Frank Stella, envelopes, Francis Bacon, Peggy Guggenheim, Bob and Roberta Smith, Cornelia Parker, Gabriele Beveridge, Andy Goldsworthy, the shape(s) of numbers, Pablo Picasso, Cy Twombly, arriving in Venice that time, Antony Gormley, Sheila Hicks, Richard Rogers, definitely trees, Hokusai, music, Claus Oldenburg, Paul Smith, Vincent Van Gogh, Sean Scully, Lucian Freud, Charles and Ray Eames, Art Dubai, Alexander Calder, The Tate Modern…and most other buildings that house art, Yayoi Kusama, Mark Rothko, construction sites, white paint, the smell of roses and peppermint, and most recently Phyllida Barlow.

Tell us something not a lot of people know about you.

I once beat Mr Case in a race swimming around the Burj Al Arab!

Also, I do not subscribe to Facebook or certain other technologies. Whilst I am passionate about ideas, and the sharing of ideas, I would much prefer my students to experience ‘art’ (as an eleven to eighteen year old) through a paint brush or pencil.

Mrs J Bailey, Head of Art


2017 Rebecca Hamer
2017 Vicky Stogiannidou
2017 Victoria Ewert
1992 Debbie Martin
1994 Joanna Keighwin (2)
1995 David Kerr
1995 Maha Abdul Majeed (2)
1995 Nadia Muna
1997 Gurpreet Sembi (2)
1997 Taskeen Ahmed
1998 Joanna Orr (2)
1998 Karen Pitcher
1999 Caroline Burgess (2)
2000 Elizabeth Allen (2)
2001 Karling MacKaskill
2002 Dalia Hamati (2)
2006 Ellie Smith 2006 (2)
2008 Anushka Chugani(2)
2009 Rosie Ryan (2)
2009 Rosie Ryan 2 (2)
2009 Saanya Papar (2)
2010 Ciara Hartley
2010 Helen Panayi (2)
2010 Katy Hassal (2)
2011 Raeleen Murugan (2)
2011 Sara Shukar
2012 Frith Connold (2)
2012 Genna Daya (2)
2012 Lydia Morgan (2)
2012 Natacha Karam (2)
2013 I Love Art (2)
2013 Jo Hartley
2013 Kathryn King
2013 Veljko Mladenovic (2)
2014 Chelsea Feather(2)
2014 Clara Thownsend (2)
2014 Helena Wick (2)
2014 Mark Gavigan
2015 Charlotte Style 2015
2015 Helena Wick (2)
2015 Leah Mitchell (2)
2015 Nermeen Islam (2)
2015 Sophie Rhys Maitland
2015 Tabetha Davis
2016 Alexandra Franks
2016 Amy Henderson
2016 Ashna Gupta
2016 Emma Murray
2016 Tilsim Palfreyman
2017 Janne Meijer

Meet the staff

Jane Bailey

Jane Bailey

Titles: Head of Art
Dawn Blessing

Dawn Blessing

Titles: Teacher of Art
Gareth Case

Gareth Case

Titles: Teacher of Design & Technology, Graphics Coordinator
Martina Doherty

Martina Doherty

Titles: Teacher of Art
Jonathan Tate

Jonathan Tate

Titles: Deputy Head of Sixth Form (Y13), Teacher of Art

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