Hundreds of school pupils in Orkney will have the opportunity to experience art and design thanks to a new initiative run by the art school in Aberdeen.
The team from RGU’s Gray’s School of art will travel to Orkney in a custom-built Mobile Art School van packed with creative tools and materials. They will deliver workshops to local youngsters.
The recently launched the Mobile Art School aims to widen access to creative education and careers for young people.
It also offers training and mentoring opportunities for students and graduates, helping to develop the next generation of community-engaged artists and designers
Craig Barrowman, mobile art school coordinator at Gray’s, said: “We will be offering traditional skills, such as drawing and sculpture, and we will also be doing more high-tech workshops, such as sculpting in VR, where people can use VR headsets and cutting edge technology to create forms of infinite scale in a virtual space.”
The Mobile Art School will also be at the Pier Arts Centre on Friday, when members of the public will have the chance to take part in workshops and engage with the team.
Orkney project development manager Elsa Cox said: “For secondary students it offers a taste of life at Gray’s School of Art without leaving the islands, while providing younger audiences with a range of exciting tools to explore.”
The Gray’s Mobile Art School will visit Stromness Academy, Stromness Primary, St Andrews Primary, Stenness Primary and North Walls Primary schools.