Sheffield School of Art

History and Development

Art School, Arundel St.

Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, The School of Art continued to expand with extensions and alterations to the Arundel Street building including a basement pottery, two purpose-built workshops for carpentry and silversmithing.

The accomodation in Arundel Street, opposite the old School of Medicine at the end of Surrey Street, became The Junior Art Department (JAD) offering 11-year-old pupils a grammar-school education. The curriculum comprised English language, French, mathematics, geography, and history, with painting and crafts high on the agenda. For two hours a day (four hours a day in the fourth year) pupils had painting and drawing. There was pottery, woodworking, and silversmithing in the workshops adjacent to the burnt-out Art School, painting and decorating was carried-out in rooms in Norfolk St.

Pupils wore a green school uniform with a brightly embroidered oval badge on the pocket depicting a phnix rising from the flames.

Brincliffe College of Art, Psalter Lane.

At the end of the fourth year, JAD students matriclated up to Brincliffe, Psalter Lane where they were taught anatomy, life-drawing, and architecture.

Old printing-press

Facilities at the college included type-setting, stone lithography, and an ancient printing-press.


Last edited August 2010. ©Terence Wilson MMIX