Assisting Primary School Teaching Students through their design unit, I was asked to fulfill the brief of not only creating a short stop animation, but also designing a poster portraying the folly of war.

I had come up with several ideas centering around the idea of ‘your country needs you’ etc, though I was really interested in Russian propaganda posters and also portraying actual facts. My idea was to show that the scale of wars was getting larger and more incomprehensible as we move forward. Technology and military progression has meant that war has become ridiculously easy.

After researching the death count that occurred in each of the World Wars, I had decided that I was going to create a disturbing bar chart made with human bodies, though an idea popped into my head; are the size of weapons relevant to the amount of casualties or deaths that were produced?

Below you will see the final production for my ‘folly of war’ poster design.

Promoting Your Talent

Alison R(S6) designed the clever poster above for Castlehead’s talent show contest (which was held yesterday) through her Enterprise class. Although I helped her a little with the technical side and some photoshopping experience, the idea and choices were all her own. Her friend Megan posed for the image and I think she has done an amazing job. Her pose gives an air of passion and makes us believe that the performer is not only really trying her best, but is also an entertainer reveling in her success.

The poster information is clear and concise, promoting the performer’s names and giving the onlooker an idea of who and what to expect in the show. A fantastic design, well done Alison.

Popular Pop-Up Poplar

Well it’s X-mas time again and although I’m not a huge fan of X-mas units, I did give some S1 pupils (Castlehead) the chance to make a Pop-Up X-mas tree card. The idea is a popular one, though I decided to Photoshop my own own stencil.

Above Andrew T adds colour to his sketch of parcels, his tree is finely decorated with contrasting red tinsel and baubles, while below Joanne S decides on the placement of her ‘Merry X-mas’ tag.

Below Rachel J above shows off her fine detailing on the pine texture and delicate baubles.

The stencil for the X-mas Tree Pop-Up Card can be downloaded from ‘The Box’ at the bottom of the right-hand column. There are four main pointers for making the card, listed below:

1. Trace the outline of the stencil onto thicker cartridge paper.

2. Fold the paper/card into four (in half horizontally and in half vertically)

3. Cut through the bold lines (the bottom of the tree layers).

4. Score the dotted lines (the sides of the tree layers).

Press out the layers while folding the card and you have a pop-up card ready for colouring.

Merry Xmas.


Well isn’t it always the way… one minute you don’t see anything you like and then the next minute, your drowning in fabulous artwork. The new week has just begun and already I have a marvelous drawing for you.

Louise C‘s style is neat and considered. She confidently adds detail to her Glasgow 2014 inspired drawing. Capturing the balance of the sports woman perfectly, Louise (S2 from Castlehead) has added a great range of tightly drawn and well proportioned contrasting shapes. Leaving the athlete’s skin pale using area’s of white negative space, she draws attention to the clothing and the bend of the body, possibly the most important aspect of the sport.

A great eye for observation and defining the shapes of the body, Louise has been able to deliver a sketch that is even more successful than the photo that inspired it. Great Work!