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PICTURES: Artist Lisa leads family painting masterclass at Bower


By Alan Hendry

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Visiting artist Lisa Weller and primary seven pupil Nathan Pope with their orca paintings.
Visiting artist Lisa Weller and primary seven pupil Nathan Pope with their orca paintings.

Pupils and family members took part in a painting masterclass at Bower Primary School, depicting an orca rising from the sea as the focal point of their artwork.

Lyth Arts Centre's Caithness artist in residence Lisa Weller led the showpiece event to more than 40 participants on Wednesday afternoon.

It marked the end of a series of sessions she had led during the summer term in the school.

Infants, younger brothers and sisters, parents and grandparents all attended and followed a step-by-step demonstration in how to create a canvas painting based on an orca image Lisa had brought along.

Parents and children from Bower Busy Bees Nursery also attended the session.

The event provided another opportunity for families to attend in-school activities after the end of Covid restrictions.

Class teacher Vicki Ross said: “It was lovely to see our pupils paint with their family members.

“Family learning opportunities are a great way of building and sustaining relationships within our school and nursery community. They are important for our school and its future.

“Lisa’s input has helped develop new skills for our families and pupils in a relaxing and enjoyable manner.”

The pupils show off their canvases with Lisa.
The pupils show off their canvases with Lisa.

Lisa said: “It was a joy to teach my biggest class to date, with over 40 participants all painting along with me together.

“It was also delightful to teach a varied range of ages in the session, with young siblings and grandparents taking part along with the Bower primary children and staff.

“Everyone did a wonderful job and I was very impressed with the work they produced. It never fails to surprise and please me that, even though we are all painting the same image, everyone produces a unique piece of art.

“I look forward to continuing the Caithness Artists in Residence [CAIR] project at Busy Bees in the holidays and then working with Keiss Primary School in the new school year.”

John Gunn (P3) learns to paint with his granny.
John Gunn (P3) learns to paint with his granny.
P5 pupil Noah Gunn leading the way with his parents.
P5 pupil Noah Gunn leading the way with his parents.
Nursery pupil Sofia mixing the colours for her canvas.
Nursery pupil Sofia mixing the colours for her canvas.
P1 pupil Finlay and little brother Aulay help mum prepare the paintbrush.
P1 pupil Finlay and little brother Aulay help mum prepare the paintbrush.
Kian (P3), little brother and mum get to work.
Kian (P3), little brother and mum get to work.
Daisy attended with her mum to support her big brother Magnus in school.
Daisy attended with her mum to support her big brother Magnus in school.
Family members share their work with Lisa Weller.
Family members share their work with Lisa Weller.

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