Mount Stuart played host this week to a group of pupils from Hermitage Academy in Helensburgh as part of its ‘Young Art Critics’ programme.
Following in the footsteps of a group of Rothesay Academy pupils earlier this summer, the Hermitage pupils - all of them studying art at Higher level - were given a guided tour of Mount Stuart itself, and also saw ‘Four Paper Fugues’, the installation by artist Lorna Macintyre which forms this year’s contribution to Mount Stuart’s contemporary visual arts programme.
Lorna also led the pupils in an introductino to ‘cyanotype’ photo-printing, a technique used in one of the four pieces in Lorna’s installation in which specimens are placed directly on to chemically-coated paper, with sunlight used to create a silhouette effect.
Asked to describe the experience, one of the Hermitage pupils, Kristen Polley, summed it up in a single word: “Fandabbydozie!”
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