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.