Monday, 31 October 2011


Every art cupboard in every school has a selection of worn-out-unloved disc paints.  Are they ever used?  Good results?  The secret is to "work" the paint, to add a little water with a stiff brush and agitate until the paint has a bit of body.  I like to work with this paint on black paper.  That encourages the pupils to make the paint thick enough to stand out against the background.  Drawn with black wax crayons, or a dark oil pastel, the images can be big, bold and simple.

Each pupil was given two primary colours + white and encouraged to make as many colours as possible to create a colour scheme, or a colour family.  These skulls, painted at Eassie primary were based on Mexican sugar skulls.  Note our informal WALTS, (what We Are Learning To do).

These Cortachy Primary paintings are based on the paintings of the Scottish artist George Birrell.      

The school situated within the idyllic Cortachy Estate and Cortachy Castle is on the doorstep, not just providing a stunning backdrop, but lending the children magnificent walks and a picnic spot to outdo most. 

Check out these castles

Tuesday, 25 October 2011


The children at Isla School are reading a novel based on a pedigree dog. 

What a great excuse to bring the new puppy Leo to school!  Education for both dog and children.
not sedated just very very sleepy!

Look at the drawings they produced.....a day to remember.

Proof, if ever it was needed, that the more visually provoking the stimulus the greater the standard of finished work.