BBC ‘The Little Painting Challenge’   Leave a comment

The BBC are launching an exciting new competition linked to ‘The Big Painting Challenge’ TV programme which is on BBC 1 on Sundays at 6pm. The competition has different categories ranging from the age 7 – 15 category to the 16+ category and then on to the 16+ ‘experienced’ category.  The work would be postcard sized (A6) and you would create your artwork on the blank side of the postcard and then just put the address onto the other side, put a stamp onto it and pop it into the post. 1000 of the best entries including the winners will be exhibited in the newly refurbished Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester from the 4th of May 2015. This is a great opportunity for all!

Here is the link to the site for more information:

The Little Painting Challenge

Posted March 11, 2015 by Culloden Art in Uncategorized

Well done Beatrice   Leave a comment

A huge congratulations to Advanced Higher Art student, Beatrice Gregg who has won this year’s Roddy Stewart Memorial Award. Beatrice submitted her short stop animation film which is her own original idea and which she painstakingly created herself.

Posted March 9, 2015 by Culloden Art in Uncategorized

Latest News February 2015   Leave a comment

Art and Design

Another very busy term – congratulations to those certificate students meeting deadlines and good luck to those with reassessment dates. All certificate students are reminded that supported study for homework or folio reinforcement can be accessed in the department at lunch time or after school 3.20-4.30 pm Mon.-Thurs. Please feel free to use the space and support for your work.

Advanced Higher Exhibition 1/11/14

A bus full or eager S5 and S6 students and staff from across Highland headed down to Glasgow Tramway Studios to see this showcase. Our former pupil Kirsty Maclennan had her folio on show and was one of the students invited to talk about their work – unfortunately the day after we were there.

Here is Bea Gregg chatting with Flint James from Dunoon, a first year Fashion student at Glasgow School of Art about his AH folio and application.







Highland Decorative and Fine Art Society

The lecture program has entertained and inspired us on our monthly jaunts to Smithton Free Church Hall – Art of the Nomadic Tribes of Afghanistan, A Scottish Sculptress Madeline Goold on Stone Carving, Palaces of Denmark and Faberge and the Court of the Tsar.

Annual Life Drawing Workshop 22&23/11/14

We would like to thank HDFAS for their continued sponsorship of this class and Dean Melville as tutor. Six of our S5 and S6 survived the rigour of the weekend producing work which showed “progression, great ability and some exceptional talent…..




John Byrne “Sitting Duck” Inverness Museum and Art Gallery 24/11/12

Highland Council partially funded our trip with S3 to this show. After a great talk from Kirsten Body at the gallery our 60 pupils returned to school to write some prose and verse inspired by the work they saw.



These poems, raps, stories and monologues have been submitted to Amy Macleod Creative Arts Development Officer. It is hoped that some will become part of “The Book of Byrne” published to be presented to John Byrne himself to commemorate his successful exhibition which travelled from the National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh to IMAG.

Lizzy Notman

Jeanine with Flowers, 2011







At the rose garden there she stood,

Happily smiling like she would,

Roses surround her with love and care,

She’s beautiful as a rose and I love her.

Emily Dickson and Tamsin Bowden


Beauty is only defined by personality;

And what is on the inside.

Loving heart followed by warm soul,

Every time I look into her eyes,

My feelings grow stronger.

She is love,

She is life,

She is Jeanine.

Jeanine 2010

John Byrne  married Jeanine in 2014.




Self-Portrait with Red Palette


There he stands, looking at me;

Those watchful eyes, what can they see?

Oh that red palette, the one he holds;

Filled with many blues, green and golds.

That striped green cardigan, so stretched and worn;

It had so many holes and was probably torn.

And on his head, was an old bobble hat;

With that gigantic shadow made him look a little fat!

Oh that moustache so proud and glorious;

His hair curly, his eyebrows mysterious.

The wall is blue, blue like the sky;

The floorboards so old, about to crumble and die.

There he stands with his red palette;

And he says to me, “I am the artist”.


















By Jonah Williams S3



28/11/14 Art Department staff then enjoyed the “In Conversation” event held to a packed Town House where John Bryrne and Gordon Brown entertained and enthralled the crowd with words of wisdom and anecdotes from his life and career  as an artist and writer.





S3 Textile Design


Look at the beautiful quality of Kelly Sorrie Textile work – what a star!


Art as Voice

 S3 Art as Voice

Not Banksy but S3 again – this time displaying their visual communication  skills on issues they feel strongly about – animal testing, inequality, radiation and the economy to name a few.


Congratulations to former pupil

Shaun Fraser who graduated in Glass Design from Edinburgh College of Art has secured a post-graduate place at the Royal College of Art, London starting in September 2015. Shaun completed a residency in Iceland last year so we look forward to hearing more about his continuing adventures.



Continued for most of this term where students and staff explored new techniques and thanks must go to the models especially Mr McCormack who continues to help out at our Studio Sessions after school.

Mr Airey, Mr McCormack and Robert McCormack S5

MR McCormack

Lastly – a big thank you to Maja Tokar for helping and Robert McCormack for his continued work running Art Club. Art Club takes place every Wednesday lunch time throughout term in the department. 

Posted March 9, 2015 by Culloden Art in Uncategorized

Advice on applying to Edinburgh College of Art   Leave a comment

Anyone who is making an application to Edinburgh College of Art, please follow this link for advice. Deadlines for digital portfolio applications 27 Jan noon sharp!

Posted January 15, 2015 by Culloden Art in Uncategorized




It is vital that you stick to meeting the deadlines set for National and Higher qualifications. If you are not managing to meet the outcomes set then we cannot give you a pass on your internal work. If you do not have a pass on your internal work then we cannot present you for coursework submission. The department as always is open during lunchtime and after school until 4.30.



12th September 2014


  • 2 artists in pullout booklet
  • 3 analytical drawings in varied media
  • Considered development of TWO compositions – 2 ideas


  • 2 designers in pullout booklet
  • Design Style sheet (A3 Photoshop Research Sheet)
  • Considered development of two ideas


Posted August 27, 2014 by Culloden Art in Uncategorized

Recent News   Leave a comment

SQA Submission 2014

Well done to all 88 N5, Int.2 and Higher pupils who submitted folio work to SQA this session for external assessment- we met our 30/4/14 deadline by the skin of our teeth!

Mounting, labelling and parcelling up to 6 A2 sheets per candidate for central marking…….!!!!

The Department organises the return of these folios. The SQA charges £11.80 per candidate, please let us know as soon as possible if you want your work ……deadline for requests is September.

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Highland Decorative & Fine Art Society

15/5/14 HDFAS Advanced Higher Folio Show Smithton Church Hall

Annually we link with this community group to show our students folio work. This year the event coincided with a very interesting lecture on ceramics by Lars Thorpe of Antique Road Show fame. He spent some time chatting with our students about their work and their future plans.

Student’s work arrives in school mini bus!


Mall Gallery Competition – A PowerPoint of Expressive work by senior students was shown to society members to identify the most popular work for submission to this competition……It was decided to forward the work of Lewis Reid shown below, though all the work was much admired.


Lewis Reid


At the same event Clare Black and Eleanor Macdonald delivered a vote of thanks to the society for sponsorship of the Life Drawing workshop run by Dean Melville in December and the Printmaking Workshop at Highland Print Studios in February. Both girls have accepted unconditional offers from Gray’s School of Art, RGU in Aberdeen to study Fashion and Textiles and feel that this experience outside school helped them secure their places. Eleanor has deferred her entry to participate in a Project Trust adventure in Ghana first.


American Impressionism Exhibition

NADFAS have also sponsored (by funding transport costs) 8 senior students to attend a preview talk about this show which opens on 19th July in Edinburgh and the new Picasso acquisition in The National Gallery of Modern Art. Worth a visit if you’re in the capital this summer.

We would like to thank HDFAS for their continued support.

Further recognition in Textiles Discipline

The Scottish Textiles Skills Partnership has decided to use Lucia D’Meza-Ovalle’s work from S3 on the front cover of their research document into linking Education with the Textile Industry. Lucia was delighted by this!

She had been working on a textiles based piece which used the rich and diverse textural surfaces of the Scottish shoreline as inspiration. Initially, Lucia made detailed drawn studies using mixed media. The focus for Lucia was to then interpret her drawings of the rich textural surfaces of the shoreline in fibre. Lucia used all kinds of techniques to create her piece including bonding, applique, embroidery and embellishment with beads and found items.  This work is part of our new S3 course – we also cover Ceramics, Printmaking and Art as Voice an Expressive Art project. Students are enjoying building these skills essential to progress to the new qualifications at National and Higher level.


Lucia D’Meza-Ovalle


Taking textiles into the Expressive Arts has also worked well for Kirsty MacLennan. Kirsty’s folio so impressed SQA assessors that it has been selected as part of an event showcasing outstanding Advanced Higher work in the Tramway Visual Art’s Studio in November. This venue has been described as a “hub of creative energy” in Glasgow…..a real privilege! Well done Kirsty.


Kirsty MacLennan


NATIONAL AWARD – design a Maggie Centre

Winner: Gerry Reid

Upon receipt of the Maggie’s Architecture competition brief, several students at Culloden Academy were keen to take part in what is the perfect opportunity to move as close to a practising architect’s experience as possible. This is a hugely beneficial project for school students to undertake as it really challenges them to achieve excellence.  Led by Mr Airey, the students visited the Maggie’s centre in Inverness to undertake research and explore the building. Mr Airey was keen to conduct the project in as professional a way as possible and meeting the client in order to further explore the brief was central to giving the students a genuine experience of professional life. Gerry shone from early on and we knew that she had something special. With the guidance of Mr Airey, Maggie’s Centre, Inverness and with her own high level of commitment and natural ability, Gerry has achieved this wonderful success. We are all immensely proud.


Gerry Reid with her winning Design

Here is a video of Gerry being interviewed about her winning submission:

Leading Architect Richard Murphy and Scottish journalist and television presenter Kirsty Wark selected the winning design. Gerry wins a week work experience with Richard Murphy Architects. Gerry receives her award at the Lighthouse in Glasgow where her work will be on shown along with other shortlisted entries. The department would like to thank our local Maggie Centre for enabling visits and dialogue as the students’ projects developed.

Learning in the Outdoors

Looking to nature for inspiration – certificate classes start research drawing for their expressive unit work.



S1 Totems

3-D construction resulted in a great group piece. New Qualifications now require that students look to the Art & Design of non-western cultures and look historically before 1750………so we start early!


“Be Creative” Our new doors….see if you can spot your bit!!


24/6/14 Gray’s School of Art, RGU

A good day was had by all on our annual Degree Show adventure. This year 44 students visited Gray’s:

“The art there was fantastic – especially the sculptures” “….it has given me inspiration for my own design and expressive work”  “Absolutely fabulous! I want to go now, if possible…….most of my time was spent in the Product Design and Architecture rooms” “My favourite parts were the Communication Design and Textiles” “ The Architecture was awesome” “Fashion and Digital Media was inspiring” “Very interesting to see what we might do in the future”

18/6/14 Further links with community Groups:

IOTA organised a recent event at Velocity Cafe in the city centre. the event invited many people and groups involved int he many different forms creative arts in Inverness. The event was in order to form links and discuss the encouragement and development of the creative arts in Inverness. Discussion was focused around the creation of a communicative and nurturing hub in Inverness such as exists in several other Scottish cities and towns. Guest speakers including David Cook of WASPS were invited. WASPS is an organisation which has affordable studio space and showing space throughout Scotland for artists – and none as yet in Inverness. Many would like to see more affordable artists’ space in Inverness such as WASPS provides.

Robert McCormack holds his own discussing the need for a “creative hub” in Inverness – see Inverness Old Town Arts on web for more detail.



……and finally our end of year show! 1/7/14


Advanced Higher students


Robert McCormack with former pupils and Sandra Dingwall retired Art teacher from Culloden Academy blethering!

A busy and very productive year….have a great summer, be inspired visit some galleries or get in touch with your creative side by drawing, painting, making, look at our BLOG…………..and we look forward to what next year brings!


Posted August 17, 2014 by Culloden Art in Uncategorized

Student Activities supported by HDFAS   Leave a comment

Culloden Academy would like to thank Highland Decorative and Fine Art Society (HDFAS –  ) for their continued support and collaboration. Along with enjoying many lectures delivered by some wonderful invided speakers from far and wide, our students have experienced some great workshops with the support of HDFAS. Here is a link to a powerpoint which shows some of last session’s activities:

HDFAS 2 sponsored events and support2013

Posted August 17, 2014 by Culloden Art in Uncategorized


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