Pupils given sneak peek into printmaking at RGU

Pupils from a range of schools in Aberdeen City and Shire visited Gray’s School of Art last week to take part in printmaking taster sessions.

The initiative, which aims to give senior pupils an insight into what it is like to be a fine art student at Gray’s, has been running for a number of years, with around 40 S5 and S6 students from 15 different schools participating over the course of this week.

The one day workshops cover the processes of drypoint and linocut and are delivered by current fourth year honours art students.

Subject leader in printmaking at Gray’s, Michael Agnew, said: “The beauty of these workshops is that they are accessible and hands-on in their approach, allowing school students to bring in images that can be printed in one day.

“By offering pupils the opportunity to take part in these workshops, it helps to break down the barriers between school and university. For young people, the thought of university can be daunting but they get the chance to actually experience the art school environment and see that we take a very professional but easy going approach to creating a piece of work.”

Aboyne Academy pupil Alana Smith–O’Neill (15) said: “I loved the course and it’s really inspired me to get more creative and broaden my ideas about things I can do for my Higher Art unit.”

Fellow pupil Lyndsey Gordon (16) added: “I really enjoyed the day. It was worthwhile and I will use the techniques from the workshop to experiment in my design unit for Higher Art.”

Erikca Smith (22), a former Peterhead Academy pupil, was one of the fourth year art students leading the workshops.

She said: “I attended the printmaking workshop myself when I was studying Higher Art with two fellow pupils from Peterhead Academy, both who have since graduated from Fashion at Gray's School of Art so it did have a major influence on each of us.

“Having the chance to experience printmaking at that stage definitely helped me choose which area of fine art I wanted to specialise within as prior to that I wasn’t sure.”

Ericka added: “It was really great to be part of the workshops this year considering they had inspired me so much and I hope that they have helped encourage the pupils taking part to not only study art at Gray's but to also specialise in printmaking. It's a great way to learn new skills and to get a feel for how the art school works.”

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Jenny RushCommunications Officer | Design and Technology