No Knives, Better Lives

The OLSP Film Making Club have been working on this comedy short film for months. We decided to create a film to promote the ‘No Knives, Better Lives’ campaign. This parody of watching television was thought up when Laura O’D actually asked ‘Do ‘no knives’ make better lives? Do we not need knives?’. Of course this opened up a different method of filming and a different way of promoting the cause. I am sure that most short films created for the project feature some dark gritty images about someone stabbing someone else. The club thought that it would be interesting to turn it on it’s head. It looked at times when using knives were important for doing good and thought it important to promote that. The message, of course, is ‘we need knives, but we should be sensible with them’.

Let me know what you think of the film and if you found it funny and thought provoking or if you think the message is lost. Can awareness be introduced through humour? We thought so… We hope you do too.

Crime Watch

C.J. B. (S1, OLSP) has been working on crime identikits for her whole school project called ‘WIKID’. The project takes part in all subjects and focuses on forensics, crime investigation and crime procedures. To enable the project to work, pupils were given two photos and asked to swap all head features with classmates. This meant that the resource they finally created looks nothing like the pupil drawing it and it also means that images and drawings of faces can be shown without them actually resembling the pupil, and in C.J.’s case, that’s a really good thing, because if C.J. had drawn a self portrait it would have resembled her so much that I wouldn’t be able to show her work off.

C.J. has used various methods to bring tone into her drawing. Hatching and cross-hatching, different pressures on the pencil, varying weights of line and very keen observations. She has made sure that she has tried to capture as many of the shapes and sizes of the different elements of the face as possible. This can be done first of all, by drawing an upside down egg and halving it down and across the middle to find the eye line, then halving it again for nose, then again for mouth. For an S1 pupil, I think it’s a marvelous piece of work, I can’t wait to see it all mounted up to look like a crime record. Well done C.J.

‘Here’s one we made earlier…’


Yesterday the Art Clast Podcasters were out and around West Dunbartonshire recording a featurette for Blue Peter’s Olympic Torch Tour section. The five girls had a chance to work alongside a proper crew, using television recording equipment in locations such as Loch Lomond, Erskine Bridge, Dumbarton Castle and Unit 23 Skate Park. The 90 second featurette will be shown on Blue Peter on a live recorded show that is going out from Dumbarton on the 9th of June. The five girls should also be in the live studio getting interviewed by Barney and Helen, if the section gets aired.

And if you’re wondering… Yes… They all got a Blue Peter badge.


Just Face It

Paula H (S4, OLSP) finished her Standard Grade Art & Design recently, on her last day, she’s sits an expressive unit test were pupils have to complete a piece of expressive work in a day. This work is then sent for assessment. The work above is a preliminary ‘try-out’ for the exam. Paula re-drew the pastel image at least 5 or 6 times so that she would be confident in her exam. It’s a beautiful piece of pastel and quite a close resembling self-portrait.