- Higher pupils visit Paris, deepening their appreciation
of art. Younger pupils are introduced to the world of art
by visiting Scottish Galleries and Museums.
- Very strong Art College entry - usually 20 places per
- An evening class in figure drawing and painting is open
to parents, pupils and locals, culminating in a yearly exhibition.
- The weekly Art Club is available for all pupils to explore
new techniques such as ceramics, jewellery making, printmaking,
sculpture and theatrical design.
- Dramatically presented exhibitions at parents' evenings
and at Sports Weekend. Pictures by pupils regularly on display
around the school.
- A new Photography Higher involves practical work that
encompasses traditional dark room skills and contemporary
techniques in digital camera work with Photoshop software.
Animation classes in Form III.
- Plans for the Maguire building feature an entirely new-look
We provide a varied and balanced programme of teaching based
on the Expressive Arts Attainment Outcomes, incorporating
many new initiatives such as a sculpture prize.
Drawing: at all levels, pupils learn to record and
investigate the visual world through a variety of media and
Expressing: pupils learn how to communicate ideas,
reflecting themselves, their experiences and environment through
painting, drawing and sculpture.
Creating and designing: through appreciating the importance
of design in everyday life, pupils begin to grasp the creativity
Discussing and appreciating: all pupils are encouraged
to discuss the work of artists and designers. Written work
emphasises personal reaction and interpretation.
Pupils explore a theme through their work, improving their
skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography.
Intermediate Two: teaches concepts such as perspective,
tone and colour.
Higher: with greater freedom in choosing their own
ideas and media, pupils focus on one project.
Advanced Higher: producing a folio of work, pupils
choose a theme that is developed through set projects. A project
is also completed in Design or Art and Design Studies.
Pupils research and investigate practical design problems,
developing alternative solutions using many techniques including
computers. Solutions are presented in two or three dimensions.
Intermediate Two: pupils learn to grasp the design
process, investigating a brief, developing ideas and producing
Higher: pupils select an open design brief and develop
a three dimensional solution, meeting a clearly defined need
Advanced Higher: pupils investigate potential solutions
in product design, furniture, graphics, illustration and environmental
design. A project is also completed in Expressive or Art and
Art and Design Studies
Pupils are encouraged to develop mature and critical views
regarding their own work and the work of other artists and
designers, as well as appreciating the history of Art and
Intermediate Two: focusing on the Built Environment,
three artists are researched. Pupils also study a Design Unit
and learn how to write a critical essay.
Higher: following gallery visits, pupils produce a
critical, insider investigation of artists and designers.
Advanced Higher: each pupil chooses a living artist
or designer and examines their work and context fully and
critically - also, hopefully, meeting the subject of their