Head of Art
Amanda joined Hurst in 2017 having spent the majority of her career leading Art Departments in the South East and as a Team Leader for Edexcel A-level. She gained a BA Hons in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College (University of London) and has since spent her career sharing her creative strengths and passion for her subject with pupils. As a practising mixed media and textile artist Amanda's most recent exhibition concluded a residency at Sussex Prairies near Henfield. This residency started a deep interest in researching contemporary approaches to botanical art and she is currently investigating natural dyeing and plant printing processes. Amanda is keen to develop the Art School into an area of the college which continues to attract those who already have an interest in the subject and also those who want to join in for enrichment and personal development.
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.
In the Sixth Form we offer Art A-level and Photography A-level, following the EDEXCEL specification.
Both courses enable students to experience a whole range of new processes and materials and to appreciate various art forms in a contemporary as well as historical context. Students explore and expand their visual language to a high level which is ideal preparation for further and higher education in general, or applying for an Art Foundation course.
Students on the Photography course produce all work photographically, exploring digital and darkroom techniques in a dedicated studio. Those opting for the Fine Art course may choose to work through painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpture or alternative media such as film, photography, installation and mixed media assemblage.
Our Art Studio is a purpose-built facility and is always open for students to pop in and pursue their individual projects. We have specialist facilities including a Mac computer suite with an A2 photo printer, photographic studio, darkroom, printing press for etching and collagraph, photo-based screen printing, textiles and ceramics.
There are many co-curricular opportunities for students to explore their creativity beyond lessons, including weekly Life Drawing classes for Sixth Formers and evening studio sessions for catch up.
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