Emma’s Craft


Another feature new to the blog is ‘Work From Home’. This will be an irregular post of interesting work that pupils have made at home. Not exactly homework, this is more about what artwork pupils are motivated to work on outside school. Our very first piece of work is this fine piece of design from Emma in S1. She has used her great tonal and drawing skills to draw a butterfly with close up. She has also used a shaped cutter to make little butterflies and ink around their outline.


Anti-Bullying Week


As anti-bullying week draws to a close in Gleniffer High School, I thought it was important to capture the S1 pupils anti-bullying posters up in the social area of the school before they were taken down. The posters were made for the ‘Respect Me‘ project, a nationwide initiative to make pupils more aware of the issues of bullying.


The posters were made from cut sugar paper collage with features being inked on with fine Berol pens. Although the time available was tight, the S1 pupils managed to pull together some really good poster ideas. Some of my favourites being Kirsten’s with her cat t-shirt, Beth’s with the side-ways cap and Joanna’s with the really cool afro haircut.


The Penguin (aka The Dogtor)

Below is a stop animation (filmed by taking shot after shot on a camera) that was completed as part of a curriculum for excellence in Notredame Secondary School. A curriculum for excellence is changing the way teachers have to teach, involving the pupils more in group tasks and innovative unit ideas. The short film below was conceived, created and filmed by the pupils. Mrs Lyons and myself supervised along with Bill the technician, though we cannot take any credit for the work shown.

The film is about the dangers of drinking and was made by the 3 pupils named in the short.

Calendar Competition Entries

Beth and Louise from S2 (Gleniffer) where entered into the Renfrewshire Calendar Competition under the subjects of ‘power and magic’. I have heard that unfortunately they have not been chosen to be featured in the calendar, although their work will be displayed as part of the calendar exhibition. It’s still a great achievement and I have to say, I thought their entries were strong… I think they’ve been swindled… ‘FIXED!!!!’.

Louise’s entry:


Beth’s Entry:


A.O.T.W. #1


‘Artwork of the week’ will air a great piece of work that is either in progress or that has been finished. It is open to all years and will depend on the unique quality and skill of the work. Our first winner ever is Jessica from S2 (Gleniffer High School), she is currently working on a Mexican ‘Day of the Dead’ Skeleton and Coffin. Her coffin is made from a card ‘net’ (template) that has been papier mached and painted with a folk art pattern. Her skeleton is mache that is currently being undercoated for decoration. Well done Jessica!


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