Paper Planes

Ryan F (S2,OLSP) has been working on his paper mache tile for an S2 joint group project. The ‘Eco Tile’ has been based on highlighting air travel and the effect excessive, cheap, frequent flying has on the environment. Ryan’s design is very dynamic and action packed, it’s a mini sculpture. Above, he adds finishing touches with ripped paper towels to smooth out wrinkled paper, but to add a textured effect so that it can be dry-brushed to look like stone. Well done Ryan… A marvelous piece of work.

The Art Four’s ‘Tam O’Shanter’

The Art Four has put it’s ‘Tam O’Shanter’ animation up on Youtube for public access. Created by Miss McInnes and her S1 (OLSP) classes, it a tremendous feat of Photoshop Stop-animation. If anyone has ever tried movement or animation in Photoshop, you’ll understand how fantastic this short is, if you haven’t tried, you’ll still see how amazing it looks. My apologies on the narration… I tried my best.


Just a quick photo of Paula A’s (S1, OLSP) initial drawing for her ‘weak’ lamb based on the colour theory and Fauvism-like style of Franz Marc (as pointed out by Darla below, Marc was actually part of ‘The Blue Rider’ movement). This is for a project based on ‘Fit4Life’, a Curriculum for Excellence initiative that highlights healthy living throughout all subjects. I just love this work already, hopefully she can do it justice when she reaches the painting stage. She’s already captured Marc’s stylised shapes, so I’m sure she can pull it off. I’ll keep you posted on her progress.

Building A Brighter Future

2CD1 (OLSP) have been working away on their designs for an Eco Building. This design will then be handed over to the Technology department to be made into a 3D model. I kept the brief for the design completely open as I wanted to receive whatever ideas pupils can come up with, the only requirement was that the building features something helpful to the environment and that it contains a hexagon bee-hive pattern somewhere in the design.

Ainsley B works on a water storage idea that collects rain water for use in her building.

Rebecca G plans out her solar panel wig-wam that feeds the energy it collects back into the dwelling.

George M considers how his water storage will help work alongside his building; already packed with eco-friendly ideas.

Mia B works on her ‘energy hub’, a separate structure that collects energy in many different ways and feeds it back into the main building.


Pyskopaint is a great flash website that lets you upload your own photos and paint over the top of them in many different artist styles such as Munch, Renoir and Monet. I haven’t had much time with it yet, though the introduction and the samples have already blown me away. There’s also great tutorial videos to train you up too. If you give it a try and produce anything good from it, I’d love to see your efforts.

Don’t Daudle… Doodle.

Chantelle M (S1, OLSP) has been working in her ‘Doodle Book’ for quite some time now. I always get a little annoyed when I see pupils work into lined books like this as I had done when I was their age. It’s so annoying when you revisit the drawings after time to find that they are actually quite good drawings, but they’re ruined by the lines of the notebook paper. Saying that, it’s something that I did do too and still do (yes, even teachers ‘never learn’), it just depends on what you what from your sketches in the future.

I really enjoy having a glimpse into what interests pupils at home, what drives them to create when they’re not forced to by school, parents or other means. There are very interesting subjects here in Chantelle’s book, re-interpretations of the heart symbol, ideas of perfection or happiness, dynamic drawings and sweeps that are the foundation of good drawing for design. These are things that embed themselves in us from an early age and it is interesting in seeing them re-invented over by new generations.

These pages could easily be modern ads for communication services, an internet service, a phone or a social network. The doodle page is as important to us as the hand print on a rock wall was to our ancestors.

Thanks to Chantelle for sharing her work with us, it has really made me think and that’s what good art should do.

Bowled Over

Iona F (S4, OLSP) shows off her pencil skills in a quick colour/tone study. Although there are small issues with the shape of the bowl, this goes completely unnoticed as the layers added onto the apple and the vivid colours of the kiwi fruit dominate the piece. Iona uses her pencil control to her advantage, she is able to work lightly and carefully, building up layers of colours to create a fine textured surface. A beautiful drawing… Nice work Iona.

If you are interested in achieving the same result:

Draw lightly (start the guide lines with colouring pencils (a light orange or blue works well), don’t mix normal grey pencils with colour).

Always use three pencils (harmonising colours e.g. red, orange, yellow) at once, chop and change, mixing the colours together to build up the surface.

Coverage is important, try to hide visible paper for a better result.