Art Department News - February

Art School applications

Many of our Advanced Higher Art and Design pupils have been very busy putting together portfolios for art school and college art courses.  This has involved huge commitment at weekends and after school.  Competition for places at art schools across Scotland is extremely high, however many of our pupils have already received interviews and one has even secured an unconditional place to study architecture at both Dundee and Aberdeen.  Very best of luck from the art department
staff to all our pupils over the coming weeks. 

S2 Careers Workshop

We were delighted to welcome four guests to the Art and Design Department this week to provide our S2 pupils with a better understanding of the range of creative career pathways there are leading on from studying Art and Design at school.  On Monday we welcomed Derek Hill, a practicing architect in Glasgow and First Year Architecture course leader at Strathclyde University.  Three classes of S2 pupils enjoyed listening to Derek talk about his career route into architecture and what his job involves.  They also participated in a practical architecture workshop which involved them designing and creating the façade of a building with specific consideration of design issues such as client and function.  We also welcomed Alan Suttie from graphic design company Fearsome Engine, Neil McGuire from graphic design company After the News and Michael Aldridge from product design company 4C Design.  All guests engaged the pupils with information about how they became designers and what exactly their job involves.  All pupils thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about creative careers and ask questions. We thank all our guests for giving up their precious time to visit us. 
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Textile workshop

All S5/6 Higher and Intermediate 2 Art and Design pupils are encouraged to attend a textile workshop on Wednesday 27th February 2013.   This is a fantastic opportunity to make use of the materials within the department and be shown techniques to use in their final hat design.  We look forward to seeing lots of pupils then.