The Art and Design Department takes advantage of indirect light and, similar to studios found in most art schools, boasts a unique mezzanine studio level for advanced students. An imaginatively designed extension has been added providing additional accommodation. The department is well equipped and staff provide a wide variety of skills in a range of subject areas such as print-making, 3D construction, woven and embroidered textiles, photography, computer graphics and, of course, traditional drawing and painting.
The Art Department is always a hive of activity with lunch and after-school clubs provided for all levels, covering activities such as photography, mosaics, and senior pupils’ additional work on their portfolios. The high quality work by pupils is displayed around the school and students often contribute work to public exhibitions. Pupils have been involved in a wide range of projects including working with Glasgow School of Art’s Architecture Department to produce ideas for the redesign of Helensburgh’s seafront.
Lomond’s senior students were commissioned by International PEN to develop artwork to coincide with the 50th anniversary of PEN and the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to a famous imprisoned writer. The students created “empty chair” sculptures highlighting the plight of imprisoned writers in the world. The students’ work is now on permanent exhibition in Edinburgh, Tokyo and Oslo.
Senior Art and Design students have been working recently with a professional photo journalist on a large format wet plate photographic workshop.
The department benefits from visiting artists bringing their own expertise and specialisms to inspire and assist pupils. Cross-curricular projects have been rich and varied. The department runs a range of art trips from local galleries to major exhibitions in capital cities such as London and Berlin.