The Art department is a welcoming, creative hub within the Academic building.

    The study of Art is a journey of exploration and our aim is to undertake projects that stretch the appreciation and understanding of the aesthetic, technical and conceptual aspects.


    We offer a range of courses where students are encouraged to explore and develop their own areas of interest in depth:

    • Art GCSE
    • Art A-level
    • Photography A-level

    Art facilities

    Our Art Studio is a purpose-built facility and is always open for students to pop in and pursue their individual projects. We have the following specialist facilities:

    • Mac computer suite with an A2 photo printer
    • Photographic studio
    • Darkroom
    • Printing press for etching and collagraph
    • Photo-based screen printing
    • Textiles facilities
    • Ceramics

    Co-curricular Art

    There are many co-curricular opportunities for students to explore their creativity beyond lessons including activities in print for Shell and photography for Remove.  There are weekly Life Drawing classes for the sixth form and we have evening studio sessions for catch up across all years.

    Coming from a university environment, with a focus on independent study, it is fantastic to see that students are given the opportunity to learn from each other. The Art Department encourages open topical discussions to stimulate ideas and incite self-evaluation, which are key skills for future study and working in various industries after Hurst. The wide variety of media and facilities available allows students to develop their skills past those taught in lessons, with teachers committed to ensuring all students fully engage with the subject..

    Suzie Jones, Artist in Residence (2017)

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