Advanced Higher Show Open Evening

Art & Design work will be on show at Culloden Academy next week with an Open Evening on Tuesday 14th 6-8pm – all welcome.

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Advanced Higher Presenting work at NADFAS

AH Students show their folio work to The Art Society Highland at Smithton Free Church Hall in front of a very appreciative audience 9/5/19


A thank you was given by the students for the lecture program, sponsored Life Drawing, Printmaking workshop which generated helpful additions to folios for successful application to Art Courses.  Lauren Robinson will be embarking on a Contemporary Art Practice Course at UHI and Amy Ross Fine Art at Moray College



Busy Term…

ART & Design

Culloden Academy Department of Art & Design and Highland Decorative & Fine Art Society

This session we were lucky to have our application for funds approved by HDFAS. Our grant  has enabled us buy our teaching staff and a sixth year student 6 weeks of training so that we can then teach our pupils in and outside of class time. We have been throwing pots on our new wheel, working on finishing, glazing and firing. We are learning to be more confident with the general handling and management of clay. Some of the grant has enabled us buy materials and equipment too. With the expertise and resources we plan to run a ceramics club, enhance our current curriculum, hopefully introduce enterprise projects and run health and wellbeing workshops for pupils and staff. We will enhance our community links and make our ceramic work sustainable through showing and selling our work at local events such as HDFAS Christmas Fair and parent’s evenings. Building confidence, skills and making outside links is a large part of the new Scottish curriculum and we are appreciative of this funding because the impact will be felt now and in years to come. Our tutor is Sula Grigg a Glasgow School of Art Sculpture and Environmental Art graduate who refined her ceramic’s skill in Israel on a GSA exchange and again in Mongolia with the help of the GSA Phoenix Fund awarded after the tragic fire in 2014. Sula runs a business in Nairn producing her own work and offering ceramic workshops.

AH student Niamh MacCulloch will be using her new found expertise to enhance her folio with images of her pots. She has been hugely inspired by the work of Grayson Perry and hopes to use pottery to express her ideas on Scottish identity and innovation.

Annual Advanced Higher Life Drawing Workshop Nov.2016

Dean Melville tutored the 2 day workshop – this year five of our students were joined by others from Nairn Academy, Inverness Royal Academy and Charleston Academy producing work for their Art School application folios.

HDFAS Christmas Lecture and Fair………..and mince pies!!!


Last year’s Advanced Higher Students return to debrief this year’s on their first term at Uni……

“I didn’t think it would be such hard work….!” “Glad I did AH Art as those who didn’t are under prepared for working alone.”

Former pupil Robert McCormack has been selected to have his work exhibited in the Mall Gallery London as a Royal Society of British Artists Scholar having been nominated by the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies.

Robert is now studying Drawing and Painting at Glasgow School of Art. He was a stand-out student involved in the creative aspects of school life and those in his wider community at every opportunity. A high achiever in the visual arts he was awarded 100% for his Advanced Higher Expressive Art project and the SQA used his folio as an exemplar, touring Scotland at Understanding Standards Events for teachers – a real accolade. Robert has benefited hugely for the input of HDFAS (Highland branch of NADFAS) Young Arts – his 2 years of Life Drawing and Printmaking Workshops funded by HDFAS were a key aspect in his artistic development and his entrance portfolio. Involvement in the GSA fundraiser at the Viaduct Show, Culloden Battlefield was his first experience of selling work. Monthly lectures opened his mind even further to the diversity of the world of Art and Design and what it has to offer. He experienced the opportunity to discuss his work and talk before a small and large audience with HDFAS members.



Studio Session “Drawing  – a conversation without words”

This year our drawing class has been more successful than ever – mostly due to the kindness and commitment of staff volunteering to model for our students – some staff have even joined in with the drawing – its great! We hope to continue this next term as good drawing from life is a key aspect in folio work for SQA and University entrance. HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL POSERS!!

Staffroom – Rogue’s Gallery


Culloden Battlefield Link

A very proud Chandler (S3) with his textile work on display at the Battlefield at their open community event in November – well done! – The Battlefield staff were hugely impressed!


And finally, A Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all from the Culloden Academy department of Art and Design. Here’s to 2017 being a fantastic year!

Advanced Higher Show opening night Tuesday 17th May

Our fantastic advanced higher group are preparing for their show which will run from 16th to 20th May in Culloden Academy’s Art Department. All of their work from throughout the year will be on display. They are all going on to exciting things; Chloe and Chelsea are going to Heriot Watt Borders Campus To study Fashion, Robert is going to Glasgow School of Art to study Drawing and Painting , Katie is going to Grays School of Art to study Painting, Finlay is going to study Engineering in Glasgow and Kirsty is going to study Architectural Technology at UHI. Susie and Caitlin are planning on an Art College application, having chosen to take time to be really sure about which arts based course is right for them while Calum is taking a gap year to do a variety of exciting things.

Chloe’s show is in the fashion and textiles discipline and she has made a beautiful body of work which is based around the human skeleton and which has culminated in a capsule collection.

Robert’s show is based around exploring how to depict human emotions and feelings of anxiety. He has worked with a wide variety of media including drawing, painting and sculpture with various materials to create a show with great visual and emotional impact.

Susie’s  show is inspired by the imagery of microscopic cell structures in the human body. Susie has experimented with all kinds of fibres and techniques in textiles to create an exciting capsule collection.

Caitlin has created an expressive body of work which has a visceral theme and which visually explores the organs and circulatory system of the human body. Her portfolio encompasses a wide variety of 2D and 3D media.

Chelsea’s show is in the fashion and textiles discipline and looks at urban decay as a theme. The textures and colours of rust, peeling paint and degraded surfaces are explored in Chelsea’s work, the culmination of which is an exciting capsule collection.

Kirsty’s show is jewellery based and  is themed around the work of Helena Bonham-Carter. Found objects are encapsulated in brightly coloured felt to create beautifully crafted jewellery pieces.

Finlay has produced an architecture based body of work which is focused on the Scottish Highlands and sustainability. The shapes and forms of indigenous Scottish trees and plant life have inspired Finlay’s imaginative work.

Katie has produced a beautiful show of paintings which are inspired by Scottish landscape and plant life. Indigenous plants and foliage are placed in landscapes with huge, moody, stormy skies evocative of her Stornaway roots.

Calum has created an anthropomorphic character design merging bats, wolves and a human. This design has been created to be a character in the latest Hellboy film. Calum has used a variety of 2D and 3D material to realise his surreal character.

We are looking forward to an exciting show and would love to see you all there on the opening night – Tuesday 17th May.

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