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Head of Department: Jo West
Art and Photography Teachers: Tiffany Farrell and Lucy Blackstone
Art Technicians: Helen Wright and Sarah Blackaller
Life Drawing Tutor: Peter Harrap

ArtThe Art Department at Hurst aims to foster creativity and independent thinking in our students; these qualities contribute to their future success, in life, whatever their plans or level of skill. We encourage them to develop the best of their talents whilst at the same time investigating new and exciting aspects of the visual arts.

Staff maintain a lively, creative and enthusiastic department and gain immense satisfaction from seeing the students produce engaging art work in the spacious studios. We offer students the opportunity to work in a variety of disciplines from Fine Art drawing, painting, print making and sculpture to darkroom and digital photography. Drawing upon a wealth of experience amongst the staff, students are able to find their own route through self-expression and the study of art, craft and design from other cultures.

The popular extra-curricular activities programme for Shell and Remove has introduced a Photography Club with weekly sessions led by Sixth formers. The Shell Art Club undertakes a number of activities, for example, the pupils enter the David Shepherd Wildlife Painting Competition in the Michaelmas term and work towards their Silver Arts Award in the Lent term. A major collaborative effort in the Summer term involves working on the Shell Recycled Fashion Show. The Wednesday Shell Arts session further develops a range of skills in different media to enhance portfolios in KS3. Another highlight of the year is the Art and Dance collaboration which is fast becoming a fixture in the creative arts calendar.

Evening sessions and weekend workshops encourage Sixth formers to use their studio spaces independently and allow GCSE students to complete their coursework in an appropriate and supported environment. The Arts Scholars benefit from creative workshops with Helen Blizard and the Sixth form attend Life Drawing sessions under the tutelage of Peter Harrap.

ArtExhibitions every term include the 'Work in Progress', 'Scholars', and 'Final Year' shows. Students curate and exhibit their own work in these shows and every year think of new ways to use the space in the department and around the school to display their work. Always well attended by parents, governors, staff and visitors from other schools, our private view evenings offer opportunities to consider and discuss the work of students and scholars.

Each term there are trips for every exam year group to London galleries such as the Tate, Saatchi, Photographers’ Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Academy and the Towner in Eastbourne. At the end of the Summer term the Lower sixth artists and photographers also visit a European city such as Paris, Venice and most recently Florence.

Every year we celebrate the remarkable achievements of all of our students and look forward to sending many on to Art Foundation courses armed with a wealth of experience and ideas after studying in the Hurst Art Department.

Hurst also offers workshops for students from other local schools; allowing pupils to interact and develop their skills.

There are also creative opportunities for Hurst parents and friends; Peter Harrap runs a life drawing class on Saturday mornings and we host a series of Thursday sessions with Helen Blizard; offering a creative outlet for all, from beginner to the more experienced.

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Kew Garden visit

In October, Remove Art students and AS Photography students went to Kew Gardens. The Remove students worked hard completing sketches and paintings of the plants in the Palm House and Princess of Wales conservatory.


Book Art

Over the summer, Art students worked on transforming an old book into a piece of art. The results were amazing and it was an excellent start to a very busy and productive first half of term. First prize was awarded to Susie Exley, second to Esme Dowle and third to Megan Steward.


Hurst Festival

Art Scholars Jess Dryden, Millie Player, Flora Koska and Ally Faughan volunteered to help 65 local children turn cardboard boxes into cars to watch a drive-in Lego movie as part of the Hurst Festival and in association with the Hurst Film Club. The organisers were impressed with the way our girls helped out.

London Art Galleries

The AS Level and IB Art students went to London to view works in the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery.
The IB students focused on architecture and the theme ‘Inside/Outside’. They attended an hour talk by the Gallery Leader, spent time drawing in Trafalgar Square and researching the exhibition Building the Picture.


Hastings Trip

The Fifth Form went to Hastings to launch their art mock exam on the theme ‘Barriers’. They began in the Jerwood Gallery which had an amazing drawing exhibition with ideas to inspire everyone.
The rest of the day was spent on the beach sketching and the students produced some strong work. The highlight of the day was the trip on the Cliff Railway.