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Self Reflect


Mia B (S4/OLSP) has been experimenting and practicing for her Standard Grade expressive exam in a few weeks. She’ll be among the last of all Scottish Pupils this year to sit the exam as the qualifications change next year.


The pastel drawing above was actually of a different girl, though when we draw portraits we seem to project ourselves into them and now the image looks a lot like Mia, in fact, more so than the original model.

One of the last Standard Grade topics is ‘reflections’, so instead of going for the obvious light reflections, Mia has chosen to go with thought reflections and I think that really comes across. I love the use of subtle blues and purples that express an air of worry or concern.

Making An Impression



Jeannine H (S4, OLSP) has been trying hard do refine her pastel work and try and show off her strokes and colour skills. By using a pointillism technique, Jeannine has been able to take control of her previously messy oil pastel work and make it look like an old master. This technique takes time and patience, though she has done such a good job on this trial for her expressive exam, I had to make it an ‘Artwork of the Week’ and show you all this bright, bold and delightful landscape.

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.

A Rose By Any Other Name

Lauren K (S4, OLSP) sat her Expressive Pre-Lim exam for her Standard Grade recently. After a day of hard work and some fine observations she ended up with the piece above. The piece is a very simple rose, though her use of vivid reds and contrasting tones have helped make the image look very dramatic. A great piece of oil pastel work.

Breakfast, Breakfaster

Emily G (S3, OLSP) sat her Standard Grade Expressive Exam a few weeks ago and I have only gotten ’round to taking the images off my phone. Here is the best photo I’ve taken of her pastel piece based on the ‘Breakfast’ theme, it had to be taken in a hurry as the pieces were sent for marking right after the exam finished. I love her use of vivid colours along with that great capturing of the breakfast spoon and its reflections.

“Cats The Way To Do It”

This is the last post before the Xmas/New Year’s break and I have a nice work in progress to show to you. Megan B (S4, OLSP) has been working toward her Prelim Standard Grade Exam piece. She’s actually just started her prelim exam above and is using her previous piece and the original photo as her resources to work from.

There’s still a lot of work to do before her actual exam, though I think she’s well on her way. The subject is interesting, her proportions are very good and she’s observing the light and shades really well. Just a little work on tonal exercises and a bit more colour mixing theory should have her confident and ready to sit her actual exam. An excellent piece to end the year on…

Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year Everyone!

Days Of The Dead Critical Assessment

Continuing with our week of resource freebies, below you will see a studies exam for S1 & S2 (aged 11-13) based around Mexican traditions and art. The assessment is split into two parts; general comprehension and cultural knowledge. Each question is labeled with a maximum point rating in brackets.

As with all resources given away this week, download the file from the ‘Box’ (bottom right-hand column).

days of the dead critical