Author: Jo-Anne McIntosh

Notice: Art & Design Students

For the attention of ALL N5 and Higher Art Students : Please attend a study revision session in the Art Department on Monday 28th May from 11-1pm. We will be covering both Expressive and Design critical work.



Thorpe Molloy Future Aspirations Competition

MY FUTURE ASPIRATIONS – Thorpe Molloy Recruitment
“Our unique competition challenges local pupils to convey their career dreams through Art. Contrary to popular belief, they don’t want to chase celebrity but have hopes of careers which are full of inspiration.”

Aberdeen Grammar School Art Department were thrilled to have had such success with the annual competition this year.
Thorpe Molloy Recruitment received 155 entries from across the region and were really pleased to advise our pupils that they had done tremendously well once again this year with the judges placing Winnie Kwan, Georgia Kewitz and Donnie Scott in the top 15 entrants – they all received Certificates of Excellence.

These 3 pupils , along with their parents, were invited to receive their certificates at an event hosted at the Oil & Gas Technology Centre on Thursday 8th February 2018.

Also some other exciting news is that Thorpe Molloy have applied to exhibit the My Future Aspirations artworks in the Scottish Parliament building – to showcase the talent, creativity and aspirations of young people from the North East.

Additionally Grampian Hospital Arts Trust has offered the Certificate of Excellence pupils interested in pursuing a career in Art, the opportunity to work with them to curate a sponsored corridor at the hospital.

Donnie Scott also received the surprise of being asked to display his marine biology inspired work (in a specially designed display case) at an upcoming exhibition. His piece has caught the attention of the Director at Greyhope Bay – the planned visitor and exhibition centre at the Torry headland. On 1st March they are opening a unit in Bon Accord Shopping centre for 3 months, establishing their HQ and an exhibition which brings the unique beauty and wildlife of the coastline to life. The organizer would like to include the marine biologist sculpture in the exhibition.

Other students who received awards were Georgina Stewart and Douglas Herrera who achieved Certificates of Commendation and Bianca Buhaciuc, Una Taylor and Anastasia Chasovskaia who achieved Certificates of Achievement.

Well done to all students who took part!

Please see the Thorpe Molloy Recruitment online gallery of the competition here.

The Evening Express newspaper covered the event and published a piece here.


S1-S3 John Byrne National Drawing Competition

Have you created a drawing in your art class that you are particularly proud of?

If so, any student wishing to enter the above drawing competition, must hand in their finished (and well presented) work by Monday 19th February to Miss McIntosh for posting.

Please see any of the Art Teachers for details.


Inter-house Book Sculpture competition

Make a sculptural piece of art, from a book, for World Book day 1st March 2018.

Entrants should choose an Art book from The Art Department and create a sculpture from it by using any techniques imaginable – Origami / folding / gluing / tearing / wire / cut-outs / pop-ups / painting / drawing etc.

Sculptures must be handed in to Miss McIntosh by Wednesday 28th February.

To be judged on Thursday 1st March.

All entrees will be displayed in the new Library!

Please see any of the Art teachers for details.

Senior Art, Design & Technology Exhibition

The Art, Design and Technology Faculty displayed a fantastic exhibition on Thursday 7th December, showcasing the incredibly successful senior entrants from the National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher awards 2017. All guests were treated to musical interludes, whilst the charity team were selling festive mince pieces in aid of the schools nominated charity this year; CLIC Sargent.

S2 Art Exhibition in the newly refurbished library

Come along to the newly refurbished library and see the beautiful art work on display by S2 Art & Design students – including 3D sculptures made from books, book art and framed 2D artwork.

The project that students worked on, began with observational drawings & paintings of seashore themed objects; developing skills in creating realistic form, expressive line, texture and mark making. This developed into creating compositions of these objects using mixed media, to explore scale, texture and visual impact. Students then put these objects into context by developing paintings of fishing villages and landscapes of Scotland, connecting the objects to their environment.