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Inspiring Creativity and Igniting Imaginations

Creative Arts are incredibly strong at Truro School, as both an academic department and a co-curricular activity.

Throughout the school campus you will find signs of our pupils’ creativity. Works include ceramics, glass work, paintings, furniture and hanging sculptures.

The Heseltine Gallery is home to exhibitions throughout the year, showcasing work from students and professional artists alike.

Art

Art is incredibly strong at Truro School, as both an academic department and a co-curricular activity. All the Art Teachers are practising artists.

Each year our students exhibit their work in our bespoke onsite Gallery area, the Heseltine Gallery, which opened in September 2011. A range of exhibitions have been displayed there from professional artists including Robert Jones, Clarissa Beothy, David Andrew and the Methodist Collection of Spiritual Art. The gallery space already has a number of exhibitions booked in for the next 12 months.

Choose from a wide variety of clubs ranging from ‘Fine art in perspective’, an art class using 1 and 2-point perspective to create drawings that could be photos; ‘Print making’, learning how to print images, patterns and ideas in our specialist print making area, discovering the creative processes of printmaking techniques including mono printing, collagraph printing, dry point etching and metal etching and ‘Art Portfolio Club’.

Design Technology

Truro School has a number of well-equipped workshops that can cater for work with a wide range of materials and a dedicated CAD/CAM ICT suite. SolidWorks is a CAD programme that allows the production of 3D designs for models that can then be printed using the school’s 3D printer. This would be an excellent skill for anybody interested in Engineering and Architecture, as well as providing pupils with an additional skill to utilise in their design work.

Workshops are open and accessible to older students during lunchtimes and after school, allowing talented product designers to enjoy freedom of expression in creating, experimenting and building prototypes as part of their projects.

Workshops are open and accessible to older students during lunchtimes and after school, allowing talented product designers to enjoy freedom of expression in creating, experimenting and building prototypes as part of their projects.

Ceramics

Pupils will be developing a ceramic project that gives them the chance to expand their knowledge and skills. Pupils will be learning a new technique in Ceramics each week. They will then be able to develop these to create their own three-dimensional designs. They will also have the opportunity to use glass to make jewellery and functional objects. Come along to explore all areas in the world of clay and lots more!

Textile Club

A chance for pupils to learn how to develop textile pieces with a range of different techniques including using the sewing machines. Learn a wide range of textile skills, for example, machining, hand stitching, dyeing, fabric manipulation etc. Some items may be taken home. Previous projects have included cushions, make up bags and other beautiful items. No experience necessary and all work is practical.

Sewing and Knitting

Varying from term to term you will have the opportunity to learn to knit or develop your skills, learning new stitches, make soft toys, a scarf, bunting or your own idea. Complete beginners through to experts – all welcome. You can learn quilt-making, making patchwork quilts in aid of the Linus Trust, a local charity that provides these quilts for children in hospital at Treliske. Sew a sock monkey, a needle case, a pin cushion and/or a sewing bag. Make Christmas bunting, fabric birds & hearts to decorate the tree or decorations of your own design as well as Christmas cards.

Jewellery Making and Design

Using the DT workshop, pupils will have the opportunity to produce different types of copper-based enamel jewellery, such as bespoke pendants, rings, earrings, key rings, necklaces and brooches, using millefiore, crystal thread, stencils and lump/shot. Pupils will learn how to apply techniques such as scrolling, pencil drawings, embedding, cloisonné and scraffito. Pupils can also explore other jewellery techniques, for example, wire-wrapping stones and some metalwork.

The Heseltine Gallery

The Heseltine Gallery is a beautiful exhibition and working space located in the heart of the Truro School grounds above the original 18th century Chapel. Offering a light and airy space, the Heseltine Gallery provides a uniquely inspirational space from which students can learn and experience original works of art first-hand.

The Heseltine Gallery was built in 2011 and was named after the previous Head of Art, David Heseltine, who was instrumental in building up the schools own art collection. The Gallery attracts a wide-range of local and national artists and often exhibits their work alongside the Truro School Art Collection, which focuses on post-war artistic activity in the county, and showcases the work produced by three main centres of excellence – St Ives, Newlyn and Falmouth. The collection contains work by ex students and established artists alike.

The Truro School Identity

Our school motto, Esse Quam Videri, (to be rather than to seem to be) captures the essence of our identity. From Nursery right through to Sixth Form the Truro School Community shares the same values and approach to education which help to shape our identity. Underpinned by strong Christian principles, we are a caring and inclusive community which values, nurtures and develops each individual. Click on the links below to find out more.