Art and Literacy at the John Byrne Exhibition

“On Friday the 28th of November some Art S3 pupils attended the John Byrne exhibition ‘Sitting Ducks’ showing at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery. As a group we were asked to study the paintings on show and describe what we thought the artist was trying to convey in one of them, either by writing a poem, short story or character monologue.

I really enjoyed this experience as we got to see paintings up close by a very successful artist. I like the fact that we have to use our literacy skills – putting Art & English together.”

Calum Stout, 3S2






Calum Stout (3S2)


Attending the John Byrne ‘Sitting Ducks’ exhibition was an absolute privilege, myself and the pupils had a fantastic experience and were fortunate to take part in a very interesting tour, discussing the work of this artist. All of our pupils were not only engaged throughout but extremely well behaved. Literacy and Art go hand-in-hand, so for pupils to take part in this cross-curricular experience is invaluable.

Thank you to Mr Sam Todd in the English department for this assistance throughout this project.

Mr Derek Sim, Art Department

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