Head of Department Tiffany Farrell
Art teacher and photography specialist Jo West
Art teacher and life drawing tutor Peter Harrap
Art teacher and Head of the Prep School art department Nicola Mellett
Art technicians Helen Wright and Sarah Blackaller
The 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.
Exhibitions 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.
Artists inspired by trip to the Jerwood Gallery
21 Fifth form pupils visited Hastings and the Jerwood Gallery to discover different ways of approaching their new coursework topic of Barriers. To read more, please click here
Art and Photography students tour Venice
LVI Art and Photography students have coursed the waterways of Venice on a tour of some of the world’s most inspirational Contemporary Art. To read more, please click here
Students impress at final Art and Photography show
GCSE and Sixth form students displayed outstanding final pieces of work in the last of this year’s popular exhibitions. To read more, please click here
Scholars open doors to their Art and Photography Show
Senior School Art Scholars have welcomed visitors to their annual exhibition inside the College’s studios, sharing the ideas and processes behind their creative works. For more, please click here