Sgoil Lionacleit students get arty

The classroom moved outside for Sgoil Lioncleit students as they took part in the Machair Art Project this year.
The classroom moved outside for Sgoil Lioncleit students as they took part in the Machair Art Project this year.

EXPLORING the world around them, the culmination of a year-long project has resulted in a delightful art exhibition created by pupils at Sgoil Lionacleit, currently on display at Taigh Chearsabhagh museum and arts centre, Lochmadday, North Uist.

“Having the work on show in Taigh Chearsabhagh is a wonderful experience for all the young people,” said Sgoil Lionacleit Head Miller Macdonald.
“At the Opening of the exhibition the pupils were pleased to show off their work to parents and friends.”

The Machair Art Project was produced by students through a year long project facilitated by local artists Laura Donkers and Olwen Shone.

And Machair Life + project manager Rebecca Cotton, expanded: “The students have made artwork about how unique and important the machair is and at the same time furthered their understanding of the rare and delicate balance of the rich flora and fauna of the machair and the threat of some species becoming extinct.”

As well as gaining knowledge about the environment where they live, the birds animals and flowers that share their island lands; the school-children also gained valuable drawing and photography skills and got out and about in the community with many local people sharing their expertise and knowledge about crofting and the machair land.

“The school is delighted with the results of the project,” continued Mr Macdonald. “It has given many of the participants more confidence; they have gained experience of working in a team and they have improved on their presentation skills.
“They have also worked with an older generation who passed on their knowledge in practical and interesting contexts.”

Mr Macdonald also highlighted an added bonus of the project – how it has brought pupils into the Crofting course taught by the school to S3 and S4 pupils – and added: “The Machair Art project has not just been about art it has been about a lot more. Pupils have learned about machinery, animals and crops as well as the best way of taking a digital photograph or how to draw effectively.
“This has kept our pupils interested in the project from beginning to end.”

And you can view the project’s results at the exciting Machair Art Project exhibition which will run at Taigh Chearsabhagh until Saturday, December 29th.