Hermitage Academy offers a content-rich art and design course that traverses a broad range of working styles and artistic approaches and responds to the interests of the student.
We have organised a plethora of experiences over the years, everything from the advanced casting of a treasured cup, belonging to the grandad of a student who escaped the Nazis during the war, to a fashion shoot in an incredible old Barn, involving vintage vehicles and multiple set and dress changes. Students are encouraged to exploit the richness and diversity of opportunities arising fresh each year.
We approach the subject by allowing the course to act as a mirror of young people lives. They choose what to lift from life and give new life to. It’s a subject that we all live in, it’s all around us in every sphere. Students follow an exciting foundation period that has been underpinned by contact with galleries and visits to top art school such as the Northern School of Art and Leeds Arts University. Students study exciting theories around the value of art and there is no specific limitation on the size or scale or material used to make the work. Local galleries such as the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art underpin independent research and offer a vast opportunity to explore the living practice of contemporary arts, of which they are the future.
Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe, wrote: "Art is man’s constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him."
Ultimately, we have and will continue to help students get ready to become a potential world-changing, useful member of the wider 6.8 billion-pound creative market in Britain and the the wider world.