Lochaber Rotary hosts art master class for pupils

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The Rotary Club of Lochaber hosted a new style ‘Young Artist’ challenge for local high school pupils interested in an art-related career.

The event took the form of a mini master class in portrait painting led by Alastair Smyth, retired Principal of Art at Lochaber High School.

The participating pupils then had two hours to create their own masterpieces.

The ‘sitters’ for the event were Rotarians Iain Johnston, President of the Rotary Club of Lochaber, and Angus Nicolson.

This year’s winner, Holly Baldwin from Kinlochleven High School, received the attractive artist palette trophy and a voucher for £50.

The runner-up was Callum Woombs, from Mallaig High School, who received a set of pencils and a £25 voucher and all entrants received individual advice and encouragement from Mr Smyth.

Eilidh Stewart, art teacher at Kinlochleven High School, told us: ‘This has been a great opportunity for the pupils to work with an experienced portrait artist and to learn specialist techniques that we do not always have time to cover in school.’

In bringing the event to a close, Margaret Boyd, this year’s Rotary Youth Convenor, thanked all who had made the event such a success.