Titanic Project: Liberty Steel

The Titanic crew visited Liberty Steel for a guided tour of the plant and to learn how slabs of steel are rolled and shaped into plates for ships, bridges and rigs.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Junk Kouture 2017

Click to view full size

Angela Sewell, Maia Winton and Natalie Marshall have been successful in entering the Junk Kouture competition with their garment “The Flying Scots Girl”. All the garments are made from recycled materials and the entry from OLHS was made from handbags, charity shop clothing, bubble wrap and can ring pulls. There were over 350 entries this year with the top 80 garments making into the Grand Final which will take place on February 9th in the SECC Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow. Many congratulations to Angela Sewell whose costume has been chosen to be part of the Grand Final.

Click to view full size

Supporters can buy tickets to the fashion show and vote for their favourite garment on the Junk Kouture Facebook page. You can now vote once a day for every design. This vote will close at midnight on Friday and it is worth 10% of the overall marks, so please vote for Angela!

Maia will model Angela’s design and perform her own choreography on the catwalk on February 9th. Thanks to Ms Steinert for her usual enthusiasm for all things artistic!


A number of our S3 pupils were very excited to be involved in a BBC filming production for the BBC Scotland Learning Twitter account which formed part of a daily video advent calendar called Labvent. Pupils created four videos featured across Advent. Art classes  learned some of the techniques used in film and television production, such as sound recording, presenting and animation. Only four schools in Scotland took part so it’s great that our pupils had the chance to be involved with this exciting project.

Thanks to Ms Steinert for organising such a fantastic opportunity and for Mrs Sinclair for letting us take part!


2nd year pupils at OLHS have started a new Interdisciplinary Learning class, finding out about the Auld Alliance between Scotland and France.

Two classes meet on Wednesday mornings and three on Thursday mornings. Staff involved include Mrs Fitzpatrick, Mrs McAlinden and Mr Pegard from Modern Languages, Mrs Letham and Mr Smith from Social Subjects, Ms Steinert from Art, Miss Kane from Religious Education, Mrs Macfadyen from the LRC and Classroom Assistants, Mrs Johnstone and Mrs McFall.

To begin with, pupils got organised into groups, and looked at some heraldic designs, before creating their own gorgeous coats of arms along with French mottos like, Comme un reynard.


Fashion Show

North Lanarkshire Council is hosting a “Glam Metal” Fashion Show featuring the work created by high school pupils all over the region. The submission from Our Lady’s High School features the work done by last year’s S1 pupils who created tie and scarf designs in Ms Steinert’s class as part of the Art and Design curriculum.

The fashion designs will be shown in a special runway catwalk exhibition in January 2010 at Summerlee Industrial Museum, Coatbridge. The following pupils’ work is being submitted : Nadia Warnock, Leah Holmes, Erin O’Neil, Jay McMahon, Brendan Reilly, Colette Rodgers, Kieran Ross, Ryan Fox, Piotr Lasiewicz and Matthew Cassidy.

Click here to have a look at some of their work on Ms Steinert’s blog.

Visit to Munch exhibition

Report by Ms Steinert

A group of 22 4th, 5th and 6th year pupils visited the Munch exhibition at Glasgow University’s Hunterian Gallery today. The exhibition featured many of the artist’s most renowned prints including “The Scream”, a black and white woodcut print that is an iconic image many people will know.

We were given special permission to sketch in the gallery and each pupil chose a print to study in depth and then produced their own version in pencil. Many of these drawings were exceptional and the pupils worked very hard to capture the Munch imagery. An exhibition of the pupil’s work will soon be on display in the Art Department for all to enjoy. Many thanks to the Hunterian, which gave the Our Lady’s group special permission to photograph the pupils at work in the gallery.

Afterwards the pupils viewed the Hunterian Gallery’s permanent collection and Mackintosh room before wandering over to the Hunterian Museum, where pupils became engrossed and fascinated by the work of Dr William Hunter and his wide-ranging collections which are displayed there.

Upper school pupils also took the opportunity to take photographs in the university’s atmospheric cloisters for their Higher Art and Design Expressive unit.

The visit was a huge success with many compliments from university staff and the bus driver on the pupil’s mature and enthusiastic behavior- well done!

Timorous Beasties

Report by Ms Steinert

Higher and Int 2 Art and Design pupils were asked to go to the Timorous Beasties shop located on Great Western Road in Glasgow’s West End to see the hand printed wallpaper and textile designs firsthand.

The shop features the designs of the design duo Paul Simmons and Alistair McAuley who create very modern wallpaper designs that have a subversive edge like their modern take of an 18th century Tiolle design: The Glasgow Tiolle. This design features some classic Glasgow architecture mixed up with images of the problems of substance abuse and modern urban life in Glasgow. They are very much influenced by William Morris but have a unique and raw edge to their work which the pupils enjoyed seeing first hand.

Every pupil that went to the shop collected a sample of a different wallpaper pattern and Ms Steinert was pleased that they all had made a real effort to see some contemporary design work for themselves-well done class! You can see some of their designs on their website.

Christmas Card Competition

Report from Ms Steinert

This year's winning Christmas card

This year's winning Christmas card

All S1 pupils take part in this exciting competition to produce the official Our Lady’s High School Christmas card as part of their Art and Design classes.

The entries this year were of an exceptionally high standard with all pupils working very hard to produce some great images of angels based on Renaissance paintings which they interpreted in either a snow scene or with a colourful background.

The winning entry was produced by Kayley Roarty (1C), and the 4 runners up are: Leah Holmes, Lauren Harvey, Lorna Mitchell, and Colette Rodgers. All five designs will be created into cards and sold in packs of 5. These cards will be on sale at the Christmas concert on December 9th.

As so many entries were outstanding this year, we have also printed a selection of the other images as stickers for decorating envelopes.