Fledgling artists

Eileen Cooper, first lady Keeper of the Royal Academy currently has an exhibition of her work at the Bank Street Gallery, Kirriemuir and pupils from Airlie Primary School were delighted to meet her and show some of their artwork.

Eileen Cooper, first lady Keeper of the Royal Academy currently has an exhibition of her work at the Bank Street Gallery, Kirriemuir and pupils from Airlie Primary School were delighted to meet her and show some of their artwork.

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Bank Street Gallery in Kirriemuir is delighted to have collaborated with Airlie Primary School in a tribute to Eileen Cooper RA.

The artist visited the gallery last Friday and met some of the fledgling artists in a project which has been a testament to the new Curriculum for Excellence.

One of the key attributes of Eileen Cooper’s work is her ability to layer stories within her pieces, achieving atmosphere through ambiguity. This quality underpins the project, with pupils of all ages analysing how the artist achieves that haziness of message. Replicating the use of collage in her show at Bank Street Gallery, junior pupils acknowledged Cooper’s current fascination with tigers. Their individual works show how the collage can be constructed in such a way as to create different options for interpretation of the image. Senior pupils complemented their fellow pupils’ work in a collaborative mosaic collage.

Staff at the school have been delighted with the partnership. They said: “All of the children have been very focused in their tasks. The discussions arising from an examination of Eileen Cooper’s work revealed a surprising appreciation of her creativity from the youngest to the oldest - and the work that they have produced has reflected their enthusiasm.”

The children’s work can be seen at Eileen Cooper’s solo show at Bank Street Gallery until April 27. Opening times can be checked at the Gallery’s website.