Art Students Help Break World Record

Some of the Tollbar Academy Art students who took part in the Guinness World Record Art Lesson. Pictured are Year 10 GCSE Art students (l-r) Isla Hickson (15) and Rose Channon (15), with their whale pictures inspired by World Book Day author and illustrator Rob Biddulph who hosted the lesson. With them is Tollbar Academy Art Teacher, Tony Davis.



Art students at Tollbar Academy managed to help break a Guinness World Record during Covid-19 lockdown by taking part in the world’s largest ever Art lesson.

Along with their families and members of Tollbar Academy staff, they joined more than 45,600 participants across the world who learned to draw a whale online with World Book Day author and illustrator, Rob Biddulph.

Morgan Middleton, Curriculum Leader For Art,  said Tollbar Academy was registered as an Ambassador and helped to raise awareness of the event. 

“A large number of our students, their families and Academy teachers registered and took part in the online Art lesson in lockdown.  In total, the event raised £51,970 to help fight COVID-19 and prevent future pandemics, which was five times the original goal. Their work can be seen on our FROG platform and we are very proud of them all.”




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Tollbar Academy Principal

Caroline L Yates
BA (Hons).

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David J Hampson
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