May 132014
 

Join the Big Big Sing!!!! If you are planning any Celebrations to tie in with the Commonwealth Games, your pupils may enjoy learning this special song written by Scotland’s foremost composers. There are various formats to download HERE and sing along in gaelic, scots or english either with or without backing tracks. Please get in touch with me if you have trouble downloading. Fiona Blakey, Cultural Coordinator

Dec 042013
 

33 senior pupils from across Argyll came together in Inveraray on Monday 2nd December to attend a CAST sketchbook masterclass led by Joanie Jack who runs the portfolio course at Glasgow School of Art within the dept. of Continuing Education. The young artists began by looking at sketchbooks from successful GSA applicants then started working with pencil line and quickly moved on to pen and double line, collage, ink drawing with sticks, mono printing, wet on wet drawing, graphite, charcoal and erasers, ruler and chalk drawing and repeat pattern making. Continue reading »

Nov 122013
 

Thank you to all who entered the 2013 writing competition. It has been the most difficult year to judge so far due to the high number of excellent pieces from many, many schools. We wish we could award prizes to every entrant but had to choose 3 pieces which reflected the competition theme, showed imagination and were well crafted for their age.
CAST is delighted to announce the 2013 winners are: Continue reading »

Oct 072013
 

ACES is a major widening participation project at The Glasgow School of Art, funded by the Scottish Funding Council. It encourages S4 – S6 pupils from 90 target schools in the West of Scotland to make informed choices about degree level study in Art & Design and Architecture. Pupils from Campbeltown, Tarbert, Oban and Helensburgh attended two ACES sessions held in Argyll & Bute last week. The ACES team (Dawn and Leanne) delivered an informative day Continue reading »

Aug 142013
 

CAST is delighted to introduce the theme for this year’s Argyll Collection Primary Writing Competition and announce continued support from Scottish Book Trust.
2013 competition prizes:
1st prize: 5 books, 2nd prize: 3 books, 3rd prize: 3 books
£250 worth of books for the winning pupil’s primary school.
Click HERE to go to SALi for more info.

Feb 252013
 

FANCY TOPPING UP YOUR TEACHING? EVERYBODY WELCOME!
As part of this year’s Creative Learning Network, we still have places available at a CPD event in your area this term. We are delighted to offer FREE places on the following course:
COACHING YOUR PUPILS IN DRAMA

See HERE For VENUE INFORMATION

Dec 122012
 

What: a samba drumming project for p5-7 delivered by a music specialist, focusing on rhythm using Brazilian percussion instruments. In the last week of the block the children will have an opportunity to perform either to other pupils or an invited local audience.
When: a consecutive six week block of approx 1 hour-long sessions (depending on numbers) programmed to fit your timetable between January and June 2013. Continue reading »

Dec 112012
 

On Wednesday 6th December Dawn Barrett from Glasgow School of Art’s Access to Creative Education in Scotland (ACES) department came to Inveraray Church Hall to run a portfolio Day. 18 S5 + 6 pupils came from various secondary schools to show some of their work and glean top tips to help them develop their folios prior to applying for art & design courses. Continue reading »

Nov 192012
 

The recently held Art Competition sponsored by the Oban Winter Festival had a fantastic number of high quality entries.The judges had a very very hard time deciding and everyone who entered deserves recognition for their art skills BUT…….
The winners are: First: Isla Buchanan, Lochnell
Joint second: Ellie Lopez, Rockfield and Noah Domingues, Luing
Third: Craig Campbell-Roberts, Lochnell

See below for their lovely artwork……….. Continue reading »

Aug 272012
 

Feeling like TOPPING UP YOUR TEACHING? EVERYBODY WELCOME!
As part of this year’s Creative Learning Network, CAST has secured funding to hold a series of CPD events in your area. We are delighted to offer FREE places on the following courses:
MAKING CHARACTERS AND TEACHING DRAWING
CREATIVE AND DOCUMENTARY FILM MAKING

COACHING YOUR PUPILS IN DRAMA

KODAMBA: CREATIVE ACTIVE MUSIC MAKING

SEE BELOW FOR VENUE INFORMATION
Continue reading »

Aug 242012
 

The Brooch of Lorn is one of the great medieval jewels of Scotland, with a charmstone in its centre which was believed to have magic powers.
As Robert the Bruce fled during battle against the MacDougalls of Dunollie in 1306, he left behind his cloak. Pinned to this was the Brooch. It has been a great prize for the MacDougalls ever since and is still held by the Clan Chief. Originally it would have been a simpler jewel but around the same time as Shakespeare it was transformed into a fabulous silver and pearl brooch. Continue reading »

Aug 152012
 

Feeling like TOPPING UP YOUR TEACHING? EVERYBODY WELCOME!
As part of this year’s Creative Learning Network, CAST has secured funding to hold a series of CPD events in your area. We are delighted to offer FREE places on the following courses:
MAKING CHARACTERS AND TEACHING DRAWING
CREATIVE AND DOCUMENTARY FILM MAKING

COACHING YOUR PUPILS IN DRAMA

KODAMBA: CREATIVE ACTIVE MUSIC MAKING
Continue reading »

Aug 142012
 

In 2011 CAST renovated and relaunched an important art collection held within our schools and last year we ran a successful writing competition using the collection as inspiration.

The competition now OPEN and in its second year and we are delighted to announce it has continued support from Scottish Book Trust.
There will be first, second and third prizes of books for pupils. The winning pupil’s school will also receive £250 worth of books. Winning pieces will be posted online as part of the Argyll Collection website and on SAL. Continue reading »

Jun 252012
 

Mar A Tha Daoine
Eile Gar Faicinn
(To see ourselves as others see us)

The aim of this project was for each of the 6 Gaelic medium units in Argyll & Bute to produce a short film. The films had to capture scenes from contemporary everyday living and involved a musical score and/or song in Gaelic. Continue reading »

May 292012
 

Please have a look through these latest news items for interesting opportunities/announcements.

Authors Live: Oliver Jeffers
Join us in Celebrating Summer of Song and the Olympic Torch Relay in Scotland with award winning author/illustrator Oliver Jeffers. Oliver’s interactive illustration workshop will guide your pupils through drawing characters from his new series The Hueys as well as an exclusive reading of The Hueys!
14th June 2012 @11am Nursery – P3 Ages 3-7
Register here: http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/learning/authors-live/oliver-jeffers Continue reading »

May 292012
 

An exhibition was held recently in Oban’s Corran Halls celebrating the artwork and music created during the CAST project ‘Composition to Exhibition’. The project involved secondary art and music pupils from Islay, Tiree, Bute, Mull and Oban and the theme was tidal energy. . The exhibition featured fabric art, stained glass, printing and collage as well as original soundtracks from each school. The project was funded by Argyll & Bute Council and ‘Scotland’s Islands’. Continue reading »

May 142012
 

Kodamba is a music programme created for Argyll and Bute schools offering free CPD sessions.
LEVEL 1 CPD (P2-5)
15 May Lochgilphead Primary School
17 May Kirn primary school, Dunoon
22 May Park primary, Oban
24 May Dalintober primary, Campbeltown
30 May Rhu primary, Helensburgh
All sessions run from 4-5.45pm Continue reading »

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