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.

advanced art show:


***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:

Inverness – Rachel Maclean



We have started a Twitter account to remind you about homework and to help if you have any homework problems or questions. You can follow us on ‘Culloden Academy Art’. It will be easier for you to ask questions and it is helpful for reminding you about deadlines. Quite a few of you have requested that we start a Twitter account so it is now up and running. We will not follow you and will not look at your own Twitter accounts – anyway, we should not be able to because your Twitter account should be set to private and if it is not then why not? You should be more internet smart than that! There are a few departments who have now set up Twitter accounts and pupils have said that they do find it very helpful for homework.


Preparation for Exams

Study leavers, if you have arranged with teachers to come in for study help then now is the time. A good thing to do is go to the SQA site for past and specimen papers. Also, it is essential that you come in and get all of your study material out of your big folders. Many have left a great deal of important study materials in their folders which is of course needed for study! If not sure about anything then come in! You could also contact your teacher via pinterest. Ms McCormack’s class go to my page for details.

Hairspray Poster Design

S1 and S2 classes have been working on the poster design for the forthcoming production, ‘Hairspray The Musical’. We had many great designs but finally a group of teachers from the Drama and Art departments chose the winner. Well done Kieran S for creating the winning design.



Tickets are available to book online at:

You can also call the school office on 01463 790851