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The HCH Daily Doodle!

The fantastic HCH art department have been hard at work putting together a series of daily doodle challenges for families to complete together during this period of self-isolation and school closure. Why not have a go at today’s daily doodle with your family this evening? We will post a new one every...

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HCH artist in residence gives talk at the National Gallery

On the back of the success of his new book “Read This If You Want To Be Great At Drawing People”, our Artist in Residence, Selwyn Leamy has been invited to give a free talk at the National gallery on Monday 17th February. He will be discussing “the skills and techniques that underpin the work... of artists, past and present, in their quest to draw the human form”.


Bring along a sketchbook if you want to have a go!

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/events/lunchtime-talk-drawing-people-17-02-2020

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Year 1 Art Project

Pupils in Year 1 have been learning about different styles of art from around the world. To start their project the children made a map of the world which they split into the Northern and Southern hemispheres. They discussed which countires have deserts, jungle and snow in order to decide which colours... they would use to paint land masses. Finally the children painted the sea and added some amazing sea creatures in the world’s oceans.

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Big Draw Festival 2019

We have been absolutely thrilled with the outpouring of creativity that this year’s Big Draw Festival has inspired in our students and staff. We challenged every member of our school community to produce a self portrait that would express facets of their characters and give insight in to their inner... worlds.


The variety of approaches and techniques has produced a rich visual tapestry of the interests, emotions and the expressiveness of the participants. From delicately observed pencil sketches to bold and colourful ink studies to unexpected interpretations of the self.

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GCSE and A level students visit Swanage

Our hardy students braved the relentless rain and wind to capture some highly creative images of the stunning Dorset coast. The photographers experimented with Neutral Density Filters to capture long exposures of the dramatic stormy waves as they crashed against the shore. Meanwhile the artists work... quickly and decisively as they battled against the elements to interpret the landscape in watercolours, inks and graphite. A memorable and productive weekend despite the terrible weather!


The GCSE and A-level geographers had a fun and productive weekend preparing materials for their courses and engaging with a range of natural processes and landforms. Studying alongside natural wonders including Durdle Door arch and Lulworth Cove helped bring these elements of the curriculum to life and the students showed wonderful resilience, despite the weather, to collect a range of useful data and information.

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Year 5 produce Lost Words artwork in co-curricular project

Our year 5 students have been working on a cross-curricular project between the Art and English departments to produce these beautiful words and images inspired by the prize winning book The Lost Words by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris. Year 5 used gold paint to create iconic images which they combined... with their own words to evoke the spirit of the animal they chose to depict. Well done year 5, we think these are wonderful!

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Y8 Rube Goldberg Machine Project

After their 13+ exams, Year 8 have been undertaking a project across the sciences and art to make Rube Goldberg machines- intricately complicated machines that accomplish very simple tasks, named for American cartoonist Reuben Goldberg. British artist W Heath Robinson is also known for similar work.... Year 8 are working in small groups to make machines of their own, accomplishing a range of tasks such as squeezing a lemon, and icing a cake. Machine steps they have invented include a domino pushing a car carrying a lit candle to burn through a piece of rope, and a balista made from molly sticks launching a projectile to pop a baloon. Next week they will be videoing their machines in action and in the last week of term they will be presenting their work.

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