S1 Outdoor Art

Well these are certainly strange times, however our fantastic S1 classes have been making the best of the sunshine and cheering us all up with their lovely, creative outdoor art inspired by the Land Artist,  Andy Goldsworthy .


Below is a lovely piece named ‘Angel of Culloden’ by a young S2 artist


Please have a look at some of the amazing, uplifting, creative and fun work by our S1 classes here: S1 Outdoor Art


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!