The Home Educated Art Group was set up by the college in 2018, as part of the college’s work with the Royal Opera House’s Learning & Participation Department to become a Flagship Centre for the Design Challenge.


The Home Educated Art Group attend college once a week for 12 weeks to develop their Art skills with access specialist equipment. During the 12 weeks, the students worked with a ‘live’ project brief set by the Royal Opera House, with a choice of either Set or Costume Design. This year’s design brief was for the Opera La Bohème. Artwork was produced in a wide range of 2d and 3d materials, whilst developing design ideas through the design cycle/process. Students gained knowledge of inspirational artists throughout the project and had professional industry links, including a trip to the Royal Opera House to see the ballet Manon. Students also developed broader skills, such as confidence and independent working, as well as the experience of working in a professional working environment and facilities.

Andrew Blake

Home Educated Art Group 

Royal Opera House Design Challenge - Set Design

Andrew was 11 years old at the time of completing the course at North Hertfordshire College. He chose Set Design brief for the Opera La Bohème and his work was entered into the Secondary category with the Royal Opera House (competing against school pupils who were 2 to 3 years older). Andrew’s work was selected by the judging panel as the overall winner for the Set Design in the Secondary Category. Details of winners can be found here: 




Andrew says,  “The main thing I enjoyed about the Design Challenge was working in a college environment where I could experience new things such as screen printing which I’d never done before. The facilities were amazing. I also enjoyed listening to the opera music which I love and I like the fact that we were doing the whole project to send off to somewhere as amazing as the Royal Opera House. I like doing things for a purpose and it was really motivating working within a time scale. 

I never realised that the project would involve so many different subject areas: Maths (I learnt how to work out scale) and History (I had just been learning about the French Revolution which fitted in well) and lots of English writing and of course Art and Design. I was also interested in thinking of things like how the audience would see my design from where they would be sitting and how lighting affects what you make -all things I’d never thought about before.”

Vinny Didd

Home Educated Art Group 

Royal Opera House Design Challenge - Graphic Design and Marketing


Home Educated Art Group 

Royal Opera House Design Challenge - Costume Design

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