Diss High School Art in the News


Where the Wild Things Grow

If you’re a plant enthusiast and you love being creative, why not come along to our new lunchtime club. We will be exploring how plants and flowers can adjust to the needs of the artist. Through a series of seasonal exercises, we will explore how colour, form and textures intrinsic to nature can lend themselves to artistic natural arrangements. During this lunchtime club, you will be taught how to think, design and create a contemporary piece of art which is perfectly balanced with nature.
Spaces are limited to 6 and will be on a first come first served basis. This club will start in September on Thursday lunchtimes from 13:25 – 14:00pm. Miss Koka and Mr. Holmes.


Year 8 Eastern European Art Exhibition


The Natural World Project

In conjunction with the ‘Natural World’ project, we have also been exploring the work of the US artist, Chris Gryder. Looking at his dynamic circular, ceramic tiles formed the crux of our recent collaborative project. Gryder has always been attracted to the physical form and originally rendered his models in cardboard. He then went on to explore the medium of silt, clay and concrete, a technique popular in Arcosanti in the Arizona desert. After experimenting with this technique he continued to refine his skills whilst on his MFA course and began working with clay and earth mixes which has been the main source of his inspiration in his current body of work.
In response to his latest collection, Year 8 students have been studying simple forms and crafting them carefully out of cardboard, sand and other simple tactile materials. On completion they worked together to create unique panels which are displayed in a similar fashion to Gryder's work. Close-up examples will be photographed and emailed to the artist for his thoughts. Students who have worked exceptionally hard on the project will be rewarded with a ceramic and sand sculptural session at which they will be given the opportunity to create a small series of works in the style of Gryder. The students involved in this project have been motivated to think creatively and laterally and this is reflected in their results.

Chris Gryder has been in touch...

"I am honored by the enthusiasm and creative output of your students, and humbled that my work could be a spark! I love their innovative approach using basic materials. In my work I attempt to tap into primal ideas and energies and this student work shows me that my passion is not isolated. 

Thank you and bravo!"



Art for the Blind and Visually Impaired:

This year art students from Year Nine of Diss High School will be taking part in a public art exhibition at The Corn Hall, in Diss. Their theme has been inspired by the broad and comprehensive theme of ‘Colour’. Within that subject they will be exploring the sensory visual world by creating a series of works designed to encourage participation and interaction by the visually impaired. It was our intention for students to create ‘blind art’ sculptures which promote empathy and produce art works that can be enjoyed by a wider audience. The students were set the brief to create tactile works which challenge notions of how people connect with works of art. The brief was a creative challenge and stretched them to think of art in a wider context.



Year 12

Space for an artist is a key element for success. Students who are given complete access to and autonomy of an area are able to think freely about their ideas and display images and words to help stimulate new ones. We created a sixth form studio in which each sixth form student was allowed to have his or her own studio space.  For some this has developed into an area in which they can arrange their ideas and analyse and follow the evolution of their efforts from starting points to completed works. The spaces created are diverse and imaginative and students feel justifiably proud of their personal artistic work areas.  These have encouraged and allowed students to commit themselves to creative risk taking and the consensus of opinion is that the individual spaces are entirely successful.  To celebrate their work, we decided to give our Year 12 students the opportunity to showcase some of their best pieces for the general public to enjoy.


Shadow Boxes in the Style of Sandy Skogland 

Year 9 

In preparation for Diss High School's Year 9 Public Art Exhibition at the Corn Hall in Diss, we set our students an interesting task: to examine the art work of Sandy Skogland who creates surreal images by crafting extremely elaborate and theatrical sets, furnishing them with carefully composed colourful furniture juxtaposed with other objects. The work is time consuming and complex and once the sets are complete, Skogland photographs them. The final pieces are characterised by one dominant object and either bright, contrasting colours or a strong monochromatic theme.
After carefully scrutinizing Skogland's work, our students spent time planning and researching a theme related to their chosen colour. They were set a brief which involved creating a shadow box to illustrate their chosen colour with strong reference to Skogland. The students enjoyed contextualizing their work in her style but enjoyed the element of freedom that enabled them to create their own theatrical response. On completion of their pieces they spent time considering whether lighting could be used to enhance the results.


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