“This October Project Ability artist Cameron Morgan and I twice visited the Art Department of Carrongrange School in Cameron’s neighbourhood of Stenhousemuir to deliver ‘On the Road’ outreach workshops to second year and upper school pupils.
We were no strangers to this venue. A decade ago we had both worked here with a team of artists from PA . We collaborated with sixth formers to cast a giant octagonal planter with inlaid mosaic panels for one of the schools courtyards.
As we walked along the corridors I caught a glimpse of our planter with a lovely red Japanese maple tree growing from it.
The school has a really vibrant Art Department where the subject is clearly not only part of the learning curriculum but a real place of personal and self development as well. On our first visit we met the upper school pupils and made concertina books. We asked them to think of a theme or narrative that they wanted to run through the pages. After a little deliberation they came up with and embraced the theme of Natural History and Animals, producing some images so full of character including different varieties and breeds of dogs in all shapes, forms and colours imaginable.
The next visit saw the second year students engage with the process of block print making. We offered them the challenge of creating a seascape. As it happened this was quite an opportune idea as they had made a trip to the beautiful beach at Yellowcraigs only the week before and the seaside was still fresh in their minds. They really enjoyed the sensory experience of working with inks and rollers, producing individual prints of rhythmic wave patterns and sea creatures. They then pooled all the images together to make a large scale piece of group artwork.
The school is due to move to a purpose built premises in Grangemouth and we very much hope we can collaborate again, either at their new venue or Trongate 103.”
Meredith Crone (tutor)
If you would like to book a free On the Road workshop with us, please contact Elisabeth Gibson on 0141 552 2822 or firstname.lastname@example.org