Posts Tagged ‘art & design’

Fringe Festival Poster Competition

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Fringe Festival Poster School Competition 2017 Submissions

To celebrate the Fringe’s 70th anniversary, The Fringe Festival want Scotland’s young people to inspire the design of the official Fringe Programme.

Every year, their audiences, participants and media from around the world look forward to the reveal of the front cover. The Fringe Festival prints 395,000 copies and distribute to 44 countries!

The Fringe prides itself on its extraordinary ability to showcase diversity, promote inclusivity and inspire courage and creativity in those who take part.

I am so excited and genuinely proud of the work that all of our S2 & S3 students have produced whilst in Art & Design this term. Here is a small sample of some of the poster designs, which our young people have designed. Well done everyone who has taken part you should be so very proud of yourselves.


Mr Derek Sim, Principal Teacher of Art and Design

Art and Design Workshops

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Curriculum

On Thursday 8th of September ex-student and friend of the Art & Design department Colin Dunphy visited the school to deliver a short workshop to senior students who are currently engaging with their Advanced Higher / Portfolio Preparation course.

This visit proved to be yet another inspiring session for our students who were required to engage with an Art School style task focusing on creative drawing skills. Students were also given time to take part in a Q & A session with Colin who was available to answer any questions in regards to student life, Art School, projects, accommodation, cost etc.

Beth Fraser was asked to comment on the workshop.

”Colin Dunphy visited our group to present a creative drawing workshop which was highly inspiring and gave us an insight to the quality and volume of work required at University level. This workshop was extremely helpful and also gave our group a chance to ask Colin questions about his course and what university life is like”.

Mr Sim would like to take this opportunity to thank Colin for making the time to engage and inspire this year’s current seniors.

Mr Derek Sim, Acting Principal Teacher of Art & Design

Art & Design Turner Prize Exhibition

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On Thursday 29 October our S6 Art Portfolio class travelled down to Glasgow to view the 2015 Turner Prize Awards in the Tramway building. During our trip we also attended the Glasgow School of Art open day which conveniently landed during the same time that the Turner Prize was being displayed in the city. We spent the morning exploring many of the GSA departments and their buildings, including the newly built Reid Building; learning about what the courses entailed and meeting several of the highly regarded lecturers.

In the late afternoon we took a train to the Tramway building to view the prestigious Turner Prize Awards. As a class we were given a brief to follow out an artistic response to our favourite nominee. The art being displayed in the Tramway wasn’t conventional art such as a painting or a sculpture; instead the work presented was strongly conceptional, ranging from fur coats stitched to the back of chairs to inter-dimensional alien abduction reports. There are only 4 nominees running for the £25,000 cash prize and entry into the diverse and controversial world of art and the prize is to be presented in December.

As a class we had mixed feelings towards the artists and their ideas. I feel like we struggled getting into the open mind set of the artist’s reasoning for the way they had visualised their representation of art. A guide walked us around the displays and explained to us the concepts behind each as well as the methods used. The amount of vast creativity and inventive ideas were immensely inspirational to us all; even if the visual representation of the art didn’t ignite excitement, inspiration was still drawn from the artists disregard for conventional art.

Overall the day was both enjoyable and inspiring for me and my fellow classmates.

Liam Black (6S1)

Liam Black (6S1)


Thursday’s trip to The Glasgow School of Art Open Day and The Tramway Gallery proved to be both exciting and inspiring for staff and students involved.

The portfolio students took full advantage of this opportunity, allowing them to take part in activities, tour the campus grounds, listen to presentations from university tutors and ask questions. Although it was a long day of traveling I feel it was extremely worthwhile in confirming for students that Art School is a future path for them.

Students also visited The Tramway Gallery and took part in an educational tour looking at the Turner Prize 2015 Nominee’s. Again this event allowed students to reflect and created open dialogue of ‘what is Art’? Students are being asked to select one of the nominees and respond to their work.

I would like to thank Gillian Clark (the schools’ careers advisor) for accompanying me on this trip and for her vital input, also the GSA staff and students for making themselves so ready available and finally Anna Lehr at Tramway.

Mr Derek Sim – Acting Principal Teacher Art & Design

Advanced Higher Art & Design Visit

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Earlier this week Advanced Higher Art & Design students were treated to a visit by a former student of Charleston Academy, Robbie More. Robbie left Charleston last summer after successfully obtaining a place on the Product Design Undergraduate course at The Glasgow School of Art.

Today Robbie met with group of ten students, the majority of whom are hoping next year to apply to various Art Schools up and down the country. This was a great experience for our students, allowing them to see a successful art portfolio which was accepted into one of the country’s most sought after art schools.

Robbie explained to students the expectations and demands of art school life and demonstrated this when he showed case his work. Students were engaged and highly motivated during this informal Q & A session. The key message to students is work hard and creativity should be at the heart of everything you do and most importantly develop your own creative style.

We are really grateful to Robbie for taking the time to come back to Charleston Academy and speak to our students. Today was extremely beneficial for everyone.

Mr Derek Sim, Acting PT Art & Design