In the Art and Design Department we always have many pupils who gain entry to Schools of Art, Textiles and Architecture based on the outstanding folio work produced within the Department in S6.
We endeavor to maintain contact with our former pupils and follow their progress in their chosen field. We also ask them to return to the Department and speak to our senior pupils.
Last week former pupil Dennis Neville and his partner Scott Low visited the department. Dennis is studying Fashion Design while Scott (from Stonehaven) is studying Graphic Design. Both are at Grays School of Art.
Higher and Folio pupils received a brilliant insight into what their first year at Art School will be like. Dennis and Scott also showed the pupils sketch books and finished pieces of work that they had produced in their second year.
We feel that our pupils always greatly benefit from former pupil visits as they are able to see the quality and quantity of work that is required. Neville and Scott were able to answer questions about their courses and general life as an art student.
It is also a huge encouragement to Charleston Academy pupils to hear how well former pupils from Charleston Academy and the Highlands have have done.
Interestingly Dennis commented on how beneficial it was to be taught how to use Photoshop in our Art Department as it put him much further ahead than other students in his year. The department is one of few offering Higher Photography in S6.
Many thanks to Dennis and Scott for making the trip North, (and thanks Dennis for promising me a seat at your future International Fashion Shows).
Ms Marj MacLeod, Principal Teacher of Art and Design