15 May 2006
Glenurquhart Pupils Are Turning Japaneese
NORTH PUPILS ARE TURNING JAPANESE FOR ART Press & Journal- 15 May 2006 Japanese-inspired artwork by Highland children is featured in a new art exhibition launched in Drumnadrochit. Pupils from Balnain Primary School gathered at the community library at Glenurquhart High School on Saturday to see their colourful creations go on display. Head teacher Margaret Livingstone said the exhibition was the culmination of the first part of a three-year plan to involve the pupils in expressive arts. The children will next take part in a concert for Highland 2007 in conjunction with other schools in the area, with a drama production following in 2008. Mrs Livingstone said: "We are delighted to have space in the library to display our work. The school is very cramped and for the pupils to see their artwork pinned up here is fantastic. They are excited about the exhibition." Older children at the school took inspiration from class projects on Japan and the Antarctic. As well as a life-sized Japanese geisha, senior pupils made paper dolls and flowers, and colourful fish. The exhibition was officially opened by local geologist Arthur Fraser, who helped senior children with a class project on the Antarctic. Younger pupils were influenced by the four seasons and created their own tartan using paper strips. They also drew pictures of fruit and Wellington boots. P3 pupil Tom Oldman said his class also made ornamental bowls using papier-mache. The seven-year-old said: "We made bowls out of paper and glued layers on. It was messy because we had to use our hands." Meanwhile, P7 pupil Cameron Moore, 12, said pupils had made Japanese instruments out of household junk. He said: "Because the Japanese like things to be plain and simple, we also made paper flowers stuck on sticks and vases out of empty Pringle boxes. "The banjo is made of a sweet box, a kitchen roll and part of a bottle." The exhibition, which will last three weeks, also includes archives and historic artefacts found at the school.