Saturday, December 10, 2011

Junior Certificate Art Exhibition

The Annual Art Exhibition of Junior Cert work that was completed during 2010/11 will be on display tomorrow evening in the BSR. It follows the Carol Service in the Chapel and the work can be viewed while sipping on mulled wine and munching mince pies!
Posted below is a small selection of some the work on display tomorrow evening.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

Still Life Drawing

Close up of Still Life

Form VI have been working on Still Life drawing with Mr. Watts, and posted today is work by Henry Roe. The Still Life section of the exam accounts for 25% (100marks) of the overall exam. More examples of the Form VI Still Life work will be posted in the coming days. 

Still Life by Henry Roe

Henry Roe was also responsible for the poster design (see below) for the recent Shakespeare Society production The Comedy of Errors, photos of which can be viewed HERE.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Importance of a 'Visual' Education

In yesterday's Irish Times, Eoin Cunningham writes an article on the value of art in the secondary curriculum. Read the the full article HERE.

Friday, November 11, 2011


The Frog Blog Science Week Art Competition
November 13th- 20th 2011

Next week The Frog Blog,  (the highly acclaimed blog of the Science Department of St. Columba's College) is holding a nationwide Art Competition as part of Science Week.

For Science Week they want you to draw, paint, sketch or sculpt on any aspect of science, discovery, space and nature!
Entry is completely free and open to anyone in primary or secondary school in Ireland. Just photograph or scan your work and email your entries to
Entries close on Wednesday 16th November
The winners in each category (Primary & Secondary) will receive a €50 iTunes Gift Voucher.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Creative Embroidery, Form II

Katie Stewart

Mark Crampton

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Creative Embroidery Form II

Gabriel Burgaz Zaballa

Gabriel Burgaz Zaballa

Aytan Barnes

Freddie Morris

Restorers unveil the devil in Giotto's detail

Art restorers have discovered the outline of the head of a devil hidden in the clouds of one of the most famous frescoes by Giotto in the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi. Read the full article  in yesterday's Irish Times about this extraordinary find.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Creative Embroidery Form II

Oisin Large

Iris Glaser

Tesh McLarn

Monday, November 7, 2011

Creative Embroidery.

Form II pupils have been working on Creative Embroiderys which has demanded of the pupils both machine stitching and hand sewing. Their designs were inspired by the 'Natural World' and the execution of these designs was inspired by an Exhibition they visited earlier this term which was presented by the Embroiders Guild of Ireland. An array of materials has been used including beads, dye, plastic, tree bark, leaves, sweet wrappers as well as traditional fabric and thread. Over the next couple of days Sccart will publish the Embroidery work from Form II.

Monday, October 31, 2011


Form I undertook to complete a brief for their prep which asked them to create a Halloween themed piece of art with nothing more than a piece of orange and black paper , a scissors and a stick of glue. A number of interesting pieces were created ranging from paper sculpture to a torn paper image of a pumpkin! Fireworks and scary faces were also included but we have chosen to publish the work of Art Punch (see below) for the array of images and text that he chose to depict. We especially like the contrast of the torn paper in the pumpkin's face and the clean edges of the remaining images. In addition to this, consideration has been given to the overall balance of the composition. Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Showcase Of Art By Old Columbans.

Tonight A Showcase of Art by Old Columbans went on display in the BSR. The exhibition of work will be on display until the end of this week and it is well worth a visit. There is a vast selection of work on display ; drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles, design and photography. Also available is a catalogue of the exhibition, and a calender which showcases the work of pupils who are currently attending The College.                                        

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Preparations are well under way for A Showcase of Art by Old Columbans which will he held at the College on Thursday and Friday this week.

Preparation for Lino Printing

Form I continue to work on different printing techniques. Their next printing experience will take the form of a lino print. Posted today are a selection of their designs, all based on self portraits. The pupils have adapted their original self portraits for lino printing, and have tried to adhere to creating a balance in their compositions between positive and negative space.

Chance Gustafson

Daisy McKeever

John Bennet

Soren Higgins

Helena Gromotka

Jack Stokes

Monday, October 24, 2011

Form V Q-Set, Batik Work.

Form V Q-Set Art pupils are experimenting with a different type of Batik. The traditional technique which requires the use of wax and dye with fabric has been replaced with plain old paint and a mixture of flour and water which mimics the resistance of the wax.
Posted below are a couple of test strips. The test strips allow the pupils to figure out the limits of these less traditional materials, for example, the correct consistency of paint, the ratio of water to flour, the thickness of the lines, the viscosity of the flour and water mixture etc. The results are quite effective.

Dena Al-Hamdan

Constantin Beissel von Gymnich

The pupils have now begun more developed compositions which are showing great potential.

Julia Xie

Dena Al-Hamdan


There are two competitions coming up that pupils may find a worthwhile experience to enter. The first is the Doodle for Google Competition which is open to all pupils. The second competition is linked to the charity Sightsavers, but is only available for the pupils in Form Primary. Please ask your art teacher for more information.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Showcase of Art by Old Columbans

This exhibition will run over two days at The College. There will also be a 2012 calender available to buy which showcases the work of  talented artists emerging within The College.

'July' displays the work of Molly Dunne.

There will also be a full colour  exhibition catalogue available with examples of work from the exhibitors.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Does the Tara Brooch fit the Golden Ratio?

In today's Irish Times there is a small piece discussing the complexity of the famous Tara Brooch.
THE COMPLEXITY of the Tara brooch goes deeper than the creatures that line its metal edges.
Dr Michael Brennan dissected its symmetry and geometry at the National Museum of Ireland yesterday afternoon as part of Maths Week 2011.

The rest of the article can be read HERE.

Old Columban Art Exhibition