Summer of Art

By Mr Jock Peebles, Head of Art and Design Three decades ago, I picked up my first stick of charcoal to start teaching with. Over that time I’ve witnessed wonderful talent and uncovered some incredible creatives in my classes; pupils who have shaped and remodelled the world that we live in today. I have found … Continued

A Bigger Splash

Following an art project in the summer of 2019, when Year 9 pupils were inspired by the art deco Hilsea Lido with its cool, blue water, the school has produced a permanent community display of the Lido’s history. The Lido has been the school playing field’s neighbour at Hilsea for nearly ninety years and several … Continued

Creativity Flows

The Senior Art Department has been cauldron of creativity with pupils using a wide range of materials, refining techniques and challenging themselves to master new skills. Amongst the work undertaken this term, Year 9 Art pupils have been promoting their traditional printmaking skills through a project that considered the influence of Der Blaue Reiter, a … Continued

Calligraphy Masterclass

Just before half term Year 6 were set the challenge to write their own name in a font or style that expressed their personality – these were then sent to Alison Carmichael, a hand lettering artist and calligrapher to judge. Alison is responsible for the font of companies such as Sainsburys, Kingsmill, Madame Tussaud and … Continued


Annual summer shows are a well-established tradition and are held regularly at PGS. They allow our Art Department to showcase the work produced by pupils from years Years 7 – 13. Where recent exhibitions have focused upon individual year groups, in his final farewell to PGS after over 30 years of teaching, Simon Willcocks mounted … Continued

Through the Archway

The archway in the Upper Junior School has had a make over with new artwork reflecting some of the notable former pupils of the school, known as Old Portmuthians (OP). This week Mike Wedderburn (Sky Sports morning TV presenter and OP) along with the artist Kevin Dean unveiled the archway to an audience of invited … Continued