Montrose Academy Arts Festival

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Montrose Academy Arts Festival, featuring live performances by pupils and staff; an art exhibition; displays and raffle prizes, takes place on Tuesday 27th November in the school assembly hall.  Doors open at 6.30pm, with the Festival starting at 7.00pm. Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at £4.00 adult/£3 concession including refreshments. Free entry: children under 6 & Family Ticket: £1 off ticket price p.p.

Rotary Club Photography Competition

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Congratulations go to Christos Ntailakis who is this year’s winner of the Rotary Club Photography Competition.  Second place went to Emma Gunn, with Ciara Robertson coming third.

The Rotary Club & Montrose Academy photography competition was based on the title ‘The Beauty of Nature’ and this year’s Higher Photography pupils were given the opportunity to put forward their best photos which illustrated the title.   This is the first year of the competition and it is hoped that it will now become an annual event on the school calendar.

Christos is pictured with his winning entry of an autumn leaf, alongside runner-up Emma and judges Mr Neil Werninck from Montrose Rotary Club and Mr Peter Allan, Principle Teacher of Performing Arts.

Winning photos are displayed below:

Carnoustie Camera Club Photography Competition

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As part of the annual Carnoustie Gala, which this year is to be held on 7th July, Carnoustie Camera Club hold a photographic competition which this year is open to all persons under the age of 18, living in the Angus area.  For the first time this year we are accepting digital entries online.  Details of the competition can be found on our website at:

Photography Comp

Angus College Art Competition Winners

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Congratulations to Becky Littlewood and Alex Czarnecka who have both won prizes at an art competition run by Dundee & Angus College, Arbroath campus. Becky won first prize – cash prize of £75 plus Art Materials Pack and Alex won 3rd prize – cash prize of £25 plus Art Materials Pack.

The competition was an all-day event open to pupils from across Angus schools.  Montrose academy entered the maximum of 6 pupils; Zarah Frost , Becky Littlewood, Daisy Paton, Rebecca Codona, Morven McLeod and Alex Czarnecka. Well done to all those who took part. The competition was fierce and the art works produced were deemed gallery worthy by the judging panel. The college lecturer judges took into consideration all the pieces of work produced throughout the day and agreed that Becky’s work was the most successful. Well Done everyone!


Montrose Academy Arts Festival

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The Arts Festival was a fantastic success, thanks to those that participated. The performers and exhibitors produced an eclectic mix of art and music for visitors to the evening show to enjoy. Compere, Mr Thomson, ensured the night’s entertainment flowed seamlessly, or at least, seemingly seamlessly! There were two halves of lively music performed by the talented pupils of Montrose Academy. A mixture of modern songs and classical music by soloists, groups, choirs and orchestra ensured there was something for everyone to enjoy. There was even a performance of ‘Teenage Dirt Bag’ by the teacher’s band which put a few smiles on faces in the audience. At the interval everyone was able to enjoy some refreshments at their beautifully decorated tables courtesy of Mrs Innes. There were art displays, potter’s wheel demonstrations and S2 stop-frame animations on display throughout the break. Ceramics produced by the pottery club were available for purchase and raffle prizes were also available. Quite a few people went away with early Christmas presents, we thank them for their support.

A big thank you to everyone who took part in, helped out with or came along to support us at the Arts festival, you all contributed to the success of the night. Thank you!

Pottery Club

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The school Pottery club have been experimenting with ‘Japanese Raku’ firing techniques recently. Raku is a very traditional process involving smoke and fast acceleration of temperature, it allows for unique effects and must be done outdoors under controlled conditions. It should not be tried at home!


Mr Needham & Mr Bratt

Mr Needham & Mr Rae


Bi-Centenary Artwork

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 In 2015 Mrs Robertson and  the Bi-centenary Committee approached the Principal Teacher of Expressive Arts Mr Allan and the Art Department to commission a permanent art work to celebrate 200 years of Montrose Academy. Nearly one and half years later it has finally been completed. It was the intention to complete the art work in the bi-centenary year, however due to the long processes involved in making the work, it has been delayed somewhat but the wait has been worth it!. The new art work has been hung on the wall in the reception area of the school so that pupils, staff, parents and visitors to the school can view it easily.
The art work was created by staff and pupils at the school. Mr Allan and his S3 class of 2015 started to make the main building at the beginning of the Bi-centenary year and from then on many others have lent a hand. The ceramics club have helped with a large part of the construction with help from technician Mr Needham and former pupil Amber Gordon. The finishing touches have been added by Mr Allan’s present S3 class.
The large art work is 6” high x 8” wide in size and is a mixed media piece depicting the front of the school and its famous gold dome. The original architects drawing of the school was used as the blue print for the final image. Most of the main image has been made from ceramics made from clay, fired and stoneware glazed in the art department’s pottery kiln. The background has the edition of mosaic tiles and computer components while the frame has been created from assorted photographic copper lithographs and low relief printing plates from the school archives depicting staff and pupils from the past. The gold dome has been finished in genuine 18 Carat gold leaf just like the real thing. There are a number of photographic images that have been applied to the ceramics using transfers that depict images and memories of pupils and staff from the school in the bi-centenary year. There are a number of references to the history of the school including all the year dates of the last 2oo years and a commemorative badge from the battle of Waterloo (1815) the same year the school opened. As well as the past and present being represented the addition of mirrored hard-drives has meant that future pupils and staff will also be represented with their reflection becoming part of the art work.
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Art News

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Fringe Art PosterThe art department have recently been producing masks with their S1 classes. The final designs will be put on exhibition in Montrose Museum around about Halloween time. S2 classes have been involved in designing posters for the Edinburgh Fringe Schools Poster Competition. We should hopefully have news of any successes from the competition organisers shortly. Pupils from Montrose academy have had success with this national competition in recent years and it is hoped that this year’s entries will be no exception.

The art department have encouraged as many pupils as possible across all year groups to have their own sketch-pads this year. We have had some classes making their own sketchpads and we have also kept a supply of very popular ‘Pink Pig’ sketchpads for sale.  To encourage and develop the use of sketch-pads and drawing in general an art club has been started up on a Thursday after school. This will run at the same time as the currently popular ceramics club. Pupils are encouraged to come along and enjoy making the art they want to make with the help of an art teacher. Sketchpads can also be filled in during Form time study or brought along to the art department during lunchtime or after school study. We have had a very busy time in the art department since returning from the Easter holidays getting pupils art work ready and sent off to the SQA for marking. The SQA charge for the cost of postage in returning this work and we have given out a letter to pupils explaining this. Any pupil who wishes to have their work returned from the SQA is asked to make their payment before the summer holidays begin as a request cannot be made on our return after the summer in August.

As part of the bi-centenary year the art department have been approached to help mark 200 years of the school with a permanent art work. Work on the project is well underway and is expected to be on going for the entire year. We are making an 8ft square multi-media image based on the original architects drawing of the front of the school. It will be mostly made of ceramic but will also incorporate many other materials including photographic processes and original archive materials such as the ‘Under the Dome’ school magazine printing blocks and litho plates. Visitors to the school in June are welcome to come and view the progress of the art work in the art department ceramic area.

The picture above shows the art work under construction.