Do Judge A Book By It’s Cover

Evie & Maria’s (S2) book cover design was a runner up for the Scottish Book Cover Competition 2016-2017. I love how they’ve bisected the cover, showing different characters from the book. 

Shannah’s (S6) photo cover of a frozen spider web and Niamh’s (S6) watercolour painting also received recognition for their entries. All four girls received book vouchers and a certificate for their skills. 

Mighty Morphing Painted Teenager


This oil painting by Chantelle McIntyre (S6) was created by photoshopping images of her and doll faces together, the image is then printed out over a series of A4 pages which are then ripped into pieces and glued onto larger card to create a textured image. Chantelle then painted over the top of the print outs which sounds like a cheat, but it’s incredibly difficult to colour match and avoid making mistakes. It really just cuts out the time wasted on scaling up and drawing out.

Braiders Of The Lost Art

I really love this photo taken from the shoot of Lois M (S5) for her ‘Queen of Hearts’ fashion design. It’s an outtake photo and was never used for her unit, but I can’t help but love the tones and textures on her plait, the shadows and lines of her concertinaed collar and the little touch of collar from the papier-mâchéd red torso. 

Contemplating Eating

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This pastel collage was created by Abby B (S6) for her Higher Expressive unit. Her theme was focused on eating and how pupils her age can suffer from over-worrying about what they eat, to the point of not eating. It is a very confrontational and blunt subject, though I think the way Abby has treated the work has gave it an air of importance, letting us ponder what the subject is thinking, while admiring Abby’s pastel work and her strong composition.

Plastic Paint Surgery

The acrylic painting below was created by Niamh O (S4) for her National 5 Expressive exam. She studied the theme of facial reconstruction and plastic surgery. Although the plan was to draw marker arrows across her face, she decided to leave the marks off so that it didn’t distract from her colour and tone work on the flesh across the face.

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