Community Activities

Adult Evening Classes

Most of the school art activities for internal students finish at 6.45pm. After this time we open our doors to a range of the local community groups who use our facilities to run their own art activities. These are open to anyone amateur and professional alike and usually last for the duration of the school term. They are booked through the individual teachers concerned and usually incur a modest cost.

Life Drawing Classes

Local teacher and artist John Gustard runs termly life drawing classes for all abilities. These highly popular classes appeal to a range of artistically inspired individuals and take place in the Art Department studios on a Monday evening from 7pm until 9pm.

Portrait Painting Classes

John Gustard also runs portrait painting classes where one can learn the finer points of this exciting activity. John’s easy going manner, vast teaching and professional experience and expert advice make these extremely popular. They also take place in the Art Department studios on a Wednesday evening from 7pm until 9pm during the school term.

In addition to the above John offers occasional whole day classes at weekends and during the holidays held at the same venue. These last for approximately five hours and are aimed at those who want to produce more complete work.

All these activities are popular and need to be booked in advance. Further details can be obtained by contacting John Gustard on 01722 326237 or email You can also visit his website at

Art History Lectures

The inspiring Head of the History of Art department, Sara Radice, gives a series of weekly informal talks exploring the evolution of works of art through artists, their historical sources and their patrons. Art and its Makers has proved to be an extremely popular weekly activity on a Thursday evening throughout term time, within the Art department at the school from 7.30pm until 8.45pm.

The lectures vary in subject content including The Origins and Development of the Italian Renaissance, The Art of the Seventeenth Century, The Art of the Nineteenth Century: Romanticism and the Birth of Modern Art and From the Greeks to the Dark Ages.

There is a charge for a series of eight lectures per term which should be booked in advance. Further details can be obtained from Sara herself at this e-mail address.