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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. 

Eye See U



It’s been a while since I updated. Had lots and lots going on and non-digital life has taken over. Though if you are wanting a daily dose of The Art Classroom, you’re probably best following my Instagram account which you can find a link to on the right. This week’s ‘AOTW’ comes from Niamh S (S1). She has been looking at portraiture and completed this lovely eye drawing as a homework. When she brought it in, it impressed her class and I thought it was worth showing you lot. Why does it work as a great study? Well… Niamh has closely looked at how an eye looks. She has included the tear duct, the pupil is nice and circular, the iris sits high in the eye and the eyebrow is contoured away from the nose. Add these into your drawings of eyes to make them more realistic.

The Book Sandwich




Art does not always have to be made by artists. I took a class last year in which a lot of pupils who did not like art, had to experience it as part of their ‘Curriculum for Excellence’. One pupil had asked to have the chance to write a book, and so we came up with the ‘Book Sandwich’. The project involved a series of individual art books based on a painting or photo which was sandwiched between two bits of card.


Just Like Shannon!



I just love this pencil portrait from Shannon H (S3/OLSP). She was asked to draw an expressive and detailed self-portrait. Usually when female pupils are asked to draw a portrait they end up drawing few features and think it’s for the cover of Vogue Magazine. So it’s a real treat when you see a drawing like this, showing emotion, expressive lines, warts and all. I absolutely love Shannon’s style, it’s very tangled and sketchy, like threads loosely wrapped around an object. You could easily compare it to the likes of Peter Howson or Edvard Munch. It’s now one of my most favourite pupil pencil drawings of all time.

Killing Time


I haven’t really updated the work from home section in a long time and have a huge backlog of doodles and drawings to get through, so to try and keep everyone happy, I will try and feature one piece of work from each pupil. If you’d like to see more from any single individual, let me know and I will sort something out, otherwise, enjoy the variety.


Above, Nicole H (S2, OLSP) gives us a weird, surreal, but very entertaining poster image. The bun character looks insane, though it is mildly discerning that it is labelled ‘Mum’. I have a hundred questions about it, but don’t want to ask them as any answer that was given would not be as rewarding as looking at that image. Below, Lauren C (S2, OLSP) has drawn a beautifully simple bird drawing on ripped paper. there is something very sad and lonely about this image, I love it.



Above; Hana K (S2, OLSP), who has been previously featured (1/2) provides us with this very graphic and stylised face drawing. I really like the nearly non-existent nose, I would’ve liked it to have been completely removed. The pen work to fill in the shapes must have taken ages to do.

Face Paint


I haven’t taught Paula H for nearly a year now, so when I saw the higher work she had been creating with my friend and colleague, Miss McInnes, my mouth dropped open. Last year, she fought so hard to achieve a good result in her Standard Grade exam, getting a ‘1’ for her oil pastel self-portrait. The work she is creating now, makes her older work look like a monkey drew it. Below are just some highlights of her new painting skills and her highly analytical pencil drawings. Truly amazing.



UPDATE: She’s also just finished the painting below, I had to take another photo and show it off. Great work.


Art Clast 3 – Animation Special


The third and final episode of Art Clast for this term (2010-2011) has been uploaded to Youtube and iTunes. You can watch all three episodes and even subscribe if you like them. Below is the animation special, which I feel is by far the best episode yet. Great work from the Art Clast podcasters yet again.

If you’d like to subscribe to the iTunes podcast, visit here.



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.