Art and Design News & Events

Please take a look at the image gallery below from our Art Department and Student work:

Living Communities Project

Links to Videos that were streamed live on Facebook as part of the event:

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In December 2016 The Art Department at Breadalbane Academy secured funding to explore a community Project with our Feeder Primary Pupils as well as our Secondary pupils on the campus. We were charged with the task of exploring pupils’ sense of identity and heritage and we realised that this was heavily informed by the wonderful landscape from which they come.  Over several months the art department staff travelled from Kinloch Rannoch to Grandtully, from Dunkeld to Kenmore and beyond.

In each school we visited Pupils were asked to explore their sense of heritage and what makes their area so special to them. In both Primary and Secondary, schools pupils constructed paper structures that where personal to them and their experiences in the community. They created these structures from photographs, drawings and pieces of writing expressing their personal memories of the area and their experiences of its heritage.  These paper structures where then placed together to mimic the aerial street views and townscapes of the area. The paper strips were turned inwards to represent the individual’s experiences, but placed together within the context of the experiences of their peers, these structures where then used to physically build the aerial footprint of the community they came from.

Within the completed Artworks, each community is linked by the common experience of the waterways meeting at the River Tay. We explored this with Secondary pupils through Glass fusing workshops using recycled glass from the local distilleries and experimenting with the different characteristics of the waterways in different locations. Whether loud and prominent or more as a background note, these waterways underpin all our communities in Highland Perthshire. The pupils reflected this in the glass they chose to represent the waterways in different locations.

This project has been a huge success and has been exhibited within the Community Campus for all to see. The Secondary pupils and Art department have also had the opportunity to share the good practice and the work that we have done via a live online video stream to promote the living communities projects and support Perth’s Bid for City of Culture 2021.

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Royal Scottish Academy

Schools Art Award Competition

S2 pupils this session have had the opportunity to create a piece of artwork for the RSA Schools Competition. This was an exciting opportunity that allowed the pupils to explore a theme of their own choice and they were able to consider using a variety of media and techniques that appealed to the individual.  The pupils made a really excellent effort at creating work that was both unique and vibrant.  Well done S2!
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Visiting Illustrator – Dylan Gibson

Senior pupils have had the fantastic experience of working with a local professional Illustrator who came in to visit and offer advice to the Advanced Higher pupils. Dylan Gibson illustrates picture books and stories for older children and has produced artwork for dozens of books and many more book covers.  Working from a live brief, senior pupils have had the opportunity to imagine the real life tasks an illustrator would be expected to complete.  We look forward to welcoming Dylan back in the future to work with different age groups within the Art department.

Living Communities Project

A wee teaser of the Living Communities Project we have been working on with our wonderful Feeder Primary pupils. We’ve been blown away with their creativity…..the finished article will be revealed very soon! Thank you to our partners at the Gannochy Trust and Culture Perth and Kinross for making this possible.

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Battle of the Somme – Commemorative Art Installation

Pupils were given the opportunity to explore installation Art and how Artists respond to Conflict as a theme. A selection of year groups From S1 to S6 responded to the theme through Screen prints and drawings as well as 3D alginate casting! This contemporary sculpture technique was something they found very interesting. Pupils focused on the boots of the soldiers and their hands as a metaphor for travel, sacrifice and personal loss.

The S6 pupils responded to the theme by constructing an Art installation in the Centre of Aberfeldy. Temporary, ghostly boot prints appeared leading from the war memorial to the steps of the Community Campus, snaking through the high street and town square. This represented the link between the soldiers who had served in the Somme and the current community of Aberfeldy. It also aimed to act as a symbol of the presence that is still felt here of these brave and selfless individuals. The Higher Photography course responded with motion Blur photography reinforcing the concept of presence without form. Beautiful work by all involved and very moving.
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Logo Design Competition

We are particularly proud of the efforts of S3 in response to the ‘Matilda’ Logo competition. They really showed a depth and breadth of talent. In fact the final decision was too hard – so we had two winners! Annie Phillips and Daisy Arnold created designs that really reflected the wonderful nature of the Matilda Theatre Production. They can be seen on the front cover of the programme and on the Matilda posters throughout the school. Well Done to both of you!
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Highlighting Pupil Success

Our Wonderful Advanced Higher Pupils have been shining bright this term. In particular Holly Mackenzie was selected to present a piece of her work to Head of Secondary Education Roger Hill. Her work is now hanging in the Councils Head Office in Perth. Well Done Holly! As if that wasn’t enough Hollys work is also on show as the image on this years school Christmas cards!

November 2016 – Travelling Art Gallery Visit ‘Art in a Bus’
We were thrilled to welcome the Travelling Gallery to Breadalbane Academy Yesterday. The pupils and staff were very excited about visiting this bitesize gallery in a bus. The current exhibition explores technology and landscape and included a virtual reality piece the pupils particularly enjoyed! Work by animator Charles Young was also featured and the pupils look forward to creating our own animation pieces in response to his work…appearing on this site very soon!
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2015-16 AH Art & Design Expressive Practical Final Outcomes

In June Breadalbane Academy hosted several groups from America on the People to People Ambassador Programme. Each group that visited got a different experience, for example, joining in with a class, playing softball against a Scottish side or watching the MOD.


The American staff visiting the Gaelic Medium Classroom for an impromptu concert.


These photos are from the Advanced Higher Portfolio exhibition held in the Aberfeldy Gallery.  Judy Proudfoot very kindly allows us to use her exhibition space for a week to show the senior pupils work. These photos are from the opening and the pupils whose work was shown were Ailsa Irvine, Millie Mackie, Mhairit Hulbert and Chris Glynn. Veronica Lynch opened the exhibition at the Friday evening event.


Rotary Art & Design Competition Exhibition and Prize-giving June 2014.