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Passionate printmaker mentors Carrick Academy pupils

 14 January 2016  |  

The young printers celebrate their success

The young printers celebrate their success

Young people from Carrick Academy interested in a career in print have just had the experience of a lifetime.

The nine young people, all from S3, were involved in a nine week project which provided an in depth exploration of the world of print. The lucky students learned everything from concept and design through to techniques such as photo-etching under the expert guidance of Ian McNicol, master printmaker at The Glasgow Print Studio.

Ian took the students on a journey, showing them just what it's like to work in a professional print environment. Along the way they produced high quality work including the creation of new house emblems for their school and also pulled together a portfolio of individual art work.

At the end of the nine weeks, the students visited the Glasgow Print Studio to turn their designs into works of art through the production of copper plate etched prints. The project then culminated in an exhibition of their work at Rozelle house in Ayr.

The project to inspire these budding printers was funded jointly by Place Partnership, South Ayrshire Council and Maybole and District Young Arts (part of NADFAS, the National Association for Decorative and Fine Arts).

Councillor Bill Grant, Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: "For young people looking to experience working in a state of the art print environment, this was an amazing project. The students were involved in the full print experience and although they did not set out to put on the exhibition, the quality of their work was so high that it had to be displayed.

I am sure this experience will stand them in good stead for the future and they can add to their portfolios, building on everything they have learned so far. I hope there are more projects of this type at Carrick Academy and with other schools in South Ayrshire so that students can put theory into practice while still at school."

Jean Climie, Deputy Head of Carrick Academy said: "Carrick Academy is grateful for the opportunity to participate in this project and for our young people to work with a practicing local artist. We have just re-introduced our original House names and these new emblems have really captured the spirit of the Cargill, Culzean and Crossraguel Houses

Ian McNicol, from the Glasgow Print Studio said: "As a passionate printmaker, I was keen that this print workshop series offered the students a strong challenge and valuable creative experience.

"The response from the students and how they dealt with the challenges of the brief and working with completely new mediums has been outstanding. This is reflected in the quality of the work and final designs they have produced.

Working with the young people from Carrick Academy again showed the incredible creative potential that lies within the young people of Ayrshire."

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