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!!!

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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.

 

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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

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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!

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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!

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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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***Competition ***

ART COMPETITION, S1- 6 – This is a great opportunity and has a lovely theme to work with. 

Albyn Housing Society would like to invite  pupils to take part in an Art competition, with 13 prizes of £50 for the winning pupil, and £200 for their school.

The 13 winning drawings will be displayed in our offices in Invergordon and Inverness, (so unfortunately we will not be able to return them to the pupil), and they will also be used to produce a 2016 calendar for our Tenants.

The theme for these drawings is ‘Life in your community’ and should show what the pupils think is good about the community they live in.  The best 13 drawings (as judged by our Board) will be used for the calendar, and the name and age of the pupil, and name of the school will be shown, so please make sure that you have parental permission should it be required.

 The drawing must be on white A4 paper, in landscape, using whichever material or technique the pupil prefers.  The pupils name, age, and school should be printed on the reverse of the drawing.  The closing date is Friday 9th October and all entries should be sent to  Albyn Housing Society Ltd, Community Involvement, 98 – 104 High Street, Invergordon, Ross-shire, IV18 0DL.

Rachel Maclean at Inverness Museum and Gallery

Rachel Maclean is a Scottish contemporary artist who creates all kinds of fantastic, surreal film work which she writes, directs, produces, films and acts in (as all of the characters!) Culloden Academy was lucky enough to see her work just before the referendum when the Travelling gallery visited.  The exhibition was very much based around the referendum, taking a completely neutral stance. We now have another chance to see her work because she is at the Inverness Museum and Gallery until August 22nd. Try to get along there because it is unmissable!

Here is a link to Rachel’s website:  Rachel Maclean

Here is a link to the Inverness Museum and Gallery info:

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