Brush with history of art in Edinburgh

Youngsters are delighted with their hard work as it is displayed for all to see
Youngsters are delighted with their hard work as it is displayed for all to see
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THEY look very pleased, clearly impressed by the artistic ­efforts of their classmates – and ­possibly by their own handiwork too.

Taken in November 1964, these ­pupils, above, were taking a good look at what was on display in an art ­exhibition at their London Street School, the building’s walls adorned with creative delights from paintings of owls and witches, to houses and huge smiling faces.

The Queenat George Watson's

The Queenat George Watson's

And back in March 1958 at the ­Edinburgh College of Art, a more ­orthodox approach seems to have been taken in the sculpture class, pictured right.

Materials spread out before them on wooden tables, these students are ­obviously deep in concentration as they hone their skills.

Clearly enthralled by her ­creative offerings, pupil Irene Wellwood, above, with paint thickly smeared across her feet, looks thrilled after finishing this Boroughmuir High School playground painting in June 1972.

And at the Outlook Tower Art Centre’s young people’s art class in 1963, right – new members look on as pupils of Mrs Polly Green paints from a still life subject

Students at the Capital's art college.

Students at the Capital's art college.

From the front page, it was unlikely that these budding artists caught on camera ­during a Royal visit to George Watson’s College in June 1982 had any real idea about the importance of the figure ­behind them observing their finger painting.

Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth peers over the ­shoulders of the two young boys as they seem – ­almost blissfully – unaware of her observation, caught up in ­finishing their great art work instead.

Irene Wellwood was thrilled with her playground painting

Irene Wellwood was thrilled with her playground painting

Pupils were delighted to be the subjects

Pupils were delighted to be the subjects