May 072019

The Creative Learning in Schools Team (CAST) have been piloting a project in primary schools in Kintyre, “Take One Picture” installing artworks from the Argyll Collection in six schools to inspire cross curricular creative learning. Pupils and teachers from Carradale, Castlehill, Dalintober, Drumlemble, Gigha and Rhunahaorine Primaries have been working with artists Sian MacQueen, Nicole Heidtke and Stefan Bamberger and dancer Tony Mills to create new work inspired by the artworks, taking part in workshops on conductive printmaking, relief sculpture, dance, digital sculpture, life drawing, shadow puppetry, collage and painting.
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Dec 132016

CAST is happy to announce that the following young writers have won prizes in the 2016 Argyll and Bute Writing Competition, supported by Scottish Book Trust.

First – Mischief – Anna McCulloch, age 10, Lochgoilhead Primary School
Second – The Artist’s studio – Calum Ellis, P7, Dalintober, Primary School
Third – Bubble trouble – Bel van den Groenendaal, Age 10, Arinagour Primary School

Once again decisions were difficult to make, the standard of writing was superb – imagination abounds! Thanks to everyone who participated and congratulations to the winners.

Oct 212016

Just a quick message to say I’m leaving my post on Friday 21st October due to family commitments. Its been a pleasure to have worked with everyone over the last 10 years and thanks for helping with all my mad ideas/projects etc! You may however see my name on a few grant funded projects next year ie CPD so please keep a look out. One of the best things I have done was start SAL after coming across something similar online in 2011. It would be fabulous if everyone could keep sharing all the wonderful activity in our schools so Please Keep Posting! Cheery Bye Fiona Blakey (cultural Co-ordinator)

Jun 072016

IMG_0366S3 art and design pupils in six secondary schools have recently had a day off timetable to work with two professional artists and Fiona Blakey, Cultural Coordinator. The project was inspired by a recent visit from the Travelling Gallery and supported by Argyll Youth Arts and Education Scotland through the Creative Learning Network scheme. Coordinated by CAST, the artists, Rob Walker, Amy Whiten and Gillian Steele, worked with pupils from Oban, Lochgilphead, Tarbert, Campbeltown, Dunoon and Helensburgh. During their time with the artists pupils tried a variety of printing and urban contemporary art techniques each producing a large protest placard. Please see below for a Youth Arts film about the project. Continue reading »

Jun 012016

Jenny cast map 1Please visit SALi for a list of documents on creativity and expressive arts that you can download including a suite of eight infographics which explain why creativity is integral to Curriculum for Excellence.
Click HERE and then enter the ‘CREATIVITY’ section.
The following is included:
Creativity, The Big Picture: Shows how creativity relates to each of the four capacities. Defines creative learning, teaching and environments. Continue reading »

May 302016

w640_7187524_tapestryThe Scottish Diaspora Tapestry team, in partnership with Education Scotland, is offering Scottish schools an exciting opportunity to take part in a nationwide competition to plan, design and stitch your own diaspora story. The finished panels will be exhibited beside the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry in 2017. This exciting competition is open to both primary and secondary schools, and is designed to help pupils explore their community’s global links as well as their own creativity. Continue reading »

Apr 272016

Jenny cast map 1We would like to remind you of the following free fully funded CAST CPD twilight coming to a venue near you soon…….
If you have already booked in, see you there and if not there are places available so just email
There’s a change in date for Mull (see below)
During this session we will show you how to introduce sculpture Continue reading »

Jan 252016

Jenny cast map 1CAST MUSIC CPD, IT and GARAGEBAND in the classroom.
THURSDAY 28th JANUARY, ROCKFIELD CAMPUS 4-6pm. This course replaces the scheduled Music and Health and wellbeing CPD.
Music is a ‘heard’ art form. We should be using the technology available to us to track progress and develop musical ideas. This session aims to increase your confidence and open the door to the benefits of using technology in a meaningful way to enhance musical learning. We will explore: Continue reading »

Jan 112016

Jenny cast map 1We have a slight change of date for the forthcoming Screenprinting CPD session planned for Oban in February. The date has been changed to Thursday 25th February. Times and venue remain the same. Thanks to those who have signed up and please get in touch if you want to come along and haven’t yet booked. Email:
See below for a reminder of the remaining CPD events coming your way….. Continue reading »

Jan 052016

Jenny cast map 1CAST is happy to announce that the following budding writers have won prizes in the 2015 Argyll and Bute Writing Competition, supported by Scottish Book Trust. First prize is scooped by a pupil from Kilmodan Primary, and the battle for the remaining places was so close the judges decided that there would be 3 joint seconds. Charlotte Johnson from Rhu Primary, Jasmine Middleton from Port Ellen Primary and another pupil from Kilmodan Primary. Continue reading »

Nov 172015

holding screen On Monday 9th November CAST held a wonderful gala concert in Lochgilphead celebrating the rich tradition of piping and drumming in our schools & communities. Our young people and their chaperones had travelled from Helensburgh, Dunoon, Campbeltown, Oban, and Mid Argyll. A good audience turned out on a blustery and wild evening to be treated to a huge variety of pipe bands, soloists, ensembles and a drummers fanfare. The concert lasted 2 hours and featured almost every young piper and drummer in Argyll and Bute culminating in a Grand Stramash with over 160 pipers and drummers Continue reading »

Feb 042015

cast mapCAST has teamed up with the National Galleries Scotland and is proud to offer you the chance to attend a one off CPD session which will cover:
•    Practical session – plaster casting
•    How to look at and discuss works of art with children
•    The National Galleries of Scotland online collection – a great resource
•    Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools
3.45pm till 5.15pm, Cardross Primary, Wednesday 25th February 2015, Tea & Coffee provided, To book a place please email

Jan 152015

CAST is delighted to announce the launch of our new primary Art Pack. The pack contains 18 projects, details on planning and CfE relevance and assessment. The projects cover a wide variety of themes and skills and include both expressive and design areas. Click HERE to download the ART PACK, HERE to download a JIGSAW PLANNING TOOL to be used in conjunction with the pack contents and HERE to download a ‘PROJECT PLANNER’ interactive PDF template (Search SAL for details of our CPD events planned in your area in January/February and get in touch with Fiona Blakey to book a place.)

Dec 052014

To celebrate Book Week Scotland, team members from the Early Years Service and CAST have been out and about in Argyll & Bute hosting pirate themed Bookbug events for 730 children, aged 0 to 6 years, in Oban, Mid Argyll and Islay. The team performed action songs and rhymes in both English and Gaelic alongside the children who had been given CDs and booklets to practice in advance. They were joined in each location by local storyteller Alasdair Satchell who told the highly entertaining tale of Seumas and the pirate, Captain Gilly White.

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Nov 042014

CAST is happy to announce that the following budding graphic novel creators have won prizes in the 2014 Argyll and Bute Writing Competition, supported by Scottish Book Trust. First prize is scooped by Ellie Grierson from Lochdonhead Primary, second place goes to Holli Wilson from Rhu Primary and third is awarded to Morvern Paisley from Clachan Primary. There were many, many high quality entries this year combining a love of language and poetry writing with some pretty special artwork. Continue reading »

Oct 082014

We can confirm that the twilight CPD sessions for this year will be held in the following venues:
Oban High School: Rothesay Joint Campus: Salen Primary: Islay High: Castlehill Primary: Lochgilphead Joint Campus: Rhu Primary and St. Mun’s Primary. There are still places available if you want to book. Please see below for full details. To book a place on any of our courses please email: Continue reading »

Sep 022014

Please see below for the CAST CPD menu for 2014/15. Local funded twilights covering a variety of arts related topics, please read! To book a place on any of our courses please email:
Courses will run from approx 4pm till 6pm latest EXCEPT BIG RHYTHM SESSIONS which are programmed from 1pm till 5pm. Tea and coffee will be available. There are no charges for these courses. All venues TBC. Hope you can come along! Continue reading »

Aug 202014

Welcome to our Annual Writing Competition which is now in its fourth year and supported by Scottish Book Trust. This year, we are doing things slightly differently!! Please see PDF below for information or go to
The competition is open to all primary schools within Argyll & Bute and entries are invited from second level pupils. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners will receive books and the winner’s school will receive £250 worth of various early, first and second level books. Click HERE for the information PDF.

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