The sessions were part of a larger collaboration with the Edinburgh Peace & Justice Centre, with the aim of painting a peace mural in Princes Street Gardens in Autumn 2018. While here, the pupils had the chance to explore aspects of art history, develop skills that they will use in their Art & Design exams, and get to know Edinburgh College of Art a little bit better.
The final mural will accompany a new memorial for conscientious objectors in the gardens, and as such the Art History Club sessions were designed to encourage pupils to consider the role of art in public spaces and the intersection of art and politics.
They were given lessons on such topics as street art, propaganda and memorials, and then created their own works to develop ideas associated with these concepts.
Art History Club will pick up again in the late spring, with the aim of giving even more pupils the chance to leave their mark on the mural in Princes Street Gardens.
If you are a teacher at a local high school who would be interested in engaging with this project, or similar projects in the future, please do get in touch with us at ECAschoolsengagement@ed.ac.uk