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 “PORTRAIT OF ST MODAN’S “We are looking for people who have attended St Modan’s High School at any point over the years. If you worked in St Modan’s or attended the school we warmly invite you to participate in this ART COMPETITION.

Of course it will be exciting to see work from people who passed through the ART DEPT but we are encouraging entries from everyone who is connected to our school. Some people have signed up already…

Here’s the Information and rules!
  • 1.  Paint or draw a portrait in any medium, any size of someone you know who is or was part of the present or historical community of ST MODAN’S HIGH SCHOOL.
  • Current pupils and staff may also enter. (You can also draw or paint anyone in Primary 6 or 7 in our feeder primaries.)
  • The portrait can be of the person as they looked while in St Modan’s or as they are now. The model can be friend, relative, old teacher, support worker… as long as they have been a part of this community.
  • 2. If you are keen to take part please send an e mail with contact information and intent to participate to:
  • Subject matter “Portrait of St Modan’s”
  • Contact must be made by  Friday 8th of February 2019.
  • Entries must be submitted to the school between Monday 20th May and Monday 27th of May 2019
  • Entries must be clearly labelled with your name address and contact number.
  • Title of the painting, name of the person in the painting and role they played in the school (or feeder primary and stage noted). Some information about connection to the school would be good.
  • The work should be mounted on paper or card but not framed.
  • Here’s hoping this inspires some of our past artists to connect to the school


Kelvingrove Trip 2018-19

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Following last years success  in Glen Barjoti’s  medal achievement, forty six of our talented artists from across the school took part in the Annual Art Galleries Competition based in Glasgow.

The pupils enjoyed the visuals in the Galleries and chatted to visitors keen to discuss their beautiful art work. The pupils were a credit to the school and produced some memorable pieces of art work ranging from fish and fossils to architecture and ethnographic artefacts. There was a variety of media used as pupils enjoyed making independent choices in  inspirational surroundings.

Art staff heroically manned the tables at the cafe dishing out advice and materials  (and even some food after the  dropped packed lunch incident) throughout the day!

The art staff’s only disappointment is that they had to limit the number of student places  available due to  seats on the bus, there are many more industrious and  very talented pupils in St Modan’s High school.

More trips to artistic events to follow!




A group of S3 and S4 Art and Design students, along with Miss Ferguson and Mrs McMenemy,  travelled to Napier College in Edinburgh to see the Degree Shows and to take part in an Art Workshop led by the well known artist, Ron O’Donnell.

The pupils were introduced to some classical art masterpieces and given information on context and social aspects of these pieces.They were shown how Ron interprets aspects of classical art into his own extraordinary three dimensional arrangements and  how he uses digital photography and  modern technology to produce his pieces of art. The students  were involved in a “hands on ” interpretation of the “Raft of Medusa”. They used the cameras to photograph the three dimensional models Ron had built and they posed in the raft to provide Ron with images for this art work. He has promised to send us prints of the art work when complete.

There was time for a look round the Design and Photography Degree shows and we even squeezed in some pizzas for lunch!



St Modan’s PTA helped fund an amazing experience for the Textiles Club and some of our senior students. a group of St Modan’s pupils attended the Edinburgh College of Art Fashion show accompanied by two of our art staff members. The event show-cased the creative and inventive ideas of students at all levels within the Art School. The youngsters were treated to powerful and dramatic pieces of design folded , printed, laser cut and decorated. The show was inspiring and thought provoking. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better a beautiful presentation of performance costume enthralled us all again. We were absolutely delighted to see the catwalk pieces of Lili Giblin McGrady, a former student of our Art and Design department!. After the show we enjoyed informative talks by Holly Fulton, fashion designer, Tim who works for Alexander McQueen and some wise words from the College students, themselves!  


is an annual event designed to promote the appreciation of art. The competition seeks to engage students, regardless of background or experience with art and to develop the confidence and ability to express opinions.

Each student delivers a ten minute presentation to an audience about a work of art, artefact or architecture of their choice.”

Matilda Williams Kelly and Aimee Finlay of St Modan’s High School took part in the final of this competition. To take part in the final the students had to win heats within the school. Our two finalists gave great presentations. Aimee was judged to be warm, enthusiastic and connected well to the audience as she presented her talk on work by Turner. Matilda gave a presentation with an in depth discussion of the work of local artist, Karen Strang. The adjudicator said that she was impressed with the content and was totally inspired to go and see the painting  that Matilda loved in real life.

Both young ladies were impressive and they certainly made their art teacher proud! Many thanks to Mrs Pennock and Mr Paoli who judged our school heats and to Mr Brown who gave advice to Matilda as she polished her final presentation.

The  8 finalists from across 5 schools were amazing, interesting, inspiring, diverse, thought provoking, subjects ranged from Alexander McQueen to the “Albert Jewel”  The adjudicator was right when she said that it was the most difficult decision to select the winners.

In the face of stiff competition and superb presentations Matilda Williams Kelly from St Modan’s High secured First place, Molly Burr from Loretto received the Second prize and Alice Murray from Balfron took home Third prize.

Kelvingrove Galleries

A group of talented art students from St Modan’s High visited Kelvingrove Galleries  in Glasgow to take part in the annual art competition. Each pupil selected an area of the gallery to work from real exhibits and architectural features. They produced some fabulous art work within a three hour time slot. Time flew by and the students produced artistic interpretations of a variety of subject choices, ranging from animal skulls to airplanes! Passers by stopped to chat and admire the work, and to comment on the exemplary behaviour of the St Modan’s pupils. Mrs McMenemy, Mrs Brown, Mr Kirby and Miss Ferguson had a hard day manning the work station and dishing out advice. Luckily (and coincidentally) the work station was right beside the cafe so they managed to scrape through the day! A special mention must be made to a small group of 1st year pupils who joined us and worked with commitment and skill in the galleries. The whole group filed us with confidence in the artistic future of our school

Mrs Mac