Durrington High School

Going beyond our best

Year 9 students inspired by Chichester’s art and architecture

During the last week of the Autumn term 36 year 9 students headed to Chichester for an inspiring and educational trip to both Pallant House Art Gallery and the impressive Chichester Cathedral. The students had all been regularly attending the after-school art programme throughout the term after being identified as gifted and talented in the arts. The art programme has allowed them to explore art and design outside of their regular lessons, exploring and developing new art techniques and learning about a variety of artists.

The trip to Chichester was a fantastic way to end the term and offered an extension to the after-school club. During a practical workshop at Pallant House students were given the exciting opportunity to experiment with different drawing techniques. They also explored various ways of looking at and discussing the varied collection of artworks. They then headed to the cathedral where they continued to develop their sketching skills as they took in the grandeur of the vast medieval cathedral with its stunning architecture, stained glass and tapestry. They were clearly inspired by their surroundings and produced some fabulous sketches.

It was a wonderful day, made all the more special by the festive feel of the town. The students were a credit to the school and a pleasure to be with. Many thanks to Mrs Gray, Mrs Humphries and Miss De Santis for making such a special trip possible.

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