Fife Contemporary Blog >
Summer School 2023

Since 2012, Fife Contemporary have partnered with the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust to produce an annual Summer School for senior art and design pupils in Fife. The summer school encourages students with an interest in art and design at school to continue to enjoy and explore their creativity beyond school. This year, students from various schools throughout the county attended the Summer School that took place over three days in three locations: Woodmill High School, Levenmouth Academy, and Bell Baxter High School. 

The students participated in engaging workshops led by local artists:

Kit Martin

A printmaker and photographer based in Newport, Kit works with camera-less processes and digital, sometimes experimenting with photography using natural elements like the sun and tide.


Inspired by the natural world outside and in museums, she now also enjoys photographing things through a microscope. She teaches cyanotype, argyrotype and pinhole photography at DCA and other venues.

Craig Thomson

An Illustrator, Photographer and Digital Artist based in Rosyth, Craig has 20 years industry
experience producing artwork in a broad range of styles and formats for companies like
Microsoft, Disney and Coca Cola.

Claire Christie

A textile designer based in Dunfermline, Claire makes and sells homewares, accessories and clothing inspired by architecture she sees from her 16th century Abbot House ‘Pink Hoose’ studio.

Sarah Wakeford

A painter and community artist based in Kirkcaldy, Sarah splits her time between painting in her studio and completing art for wellbeing projects in healthcare, education and
community settings.

Summer Workshops

Each day of the Summer School began with an engaging cyanotype photography activity led by our artist Coordinator Kit Martin. Students were given specially treated paper and instructed to arrange a variety of objects on it indoors before taking it outside. Once the paper was exposed to the sun for the required amount of time, they brought their creations inside, removing the objects and submerging the paper in a water bath which causes the paper to turn dark blue. 

Craig Thompson kicked off the first day of our Summer School at Woodmill High School with an illustration and character development workshop. The students started the day crafting a series of drawings that allowed them to envision their characters. The morning was dedicated to refining these characters, and in the afternoon the chosen final drawing was transferred onto framed glass that the students could take home at the end of the day.

Claire Christie led the second day of the Summer School workshop at Levenmouth Academy. During this session, the students worked on creating their own unique print plates by cutting out shapes from foam sheet and fixing them onto card squares. Using an array of printing inks, the students experimented with different colors and pattern combinations printing onto paper.  

Sarah Wakeford ran the final Summer School workshop at Bellbaxter High School. The Session focused on botanical plaster casting and painting. During the workshop students were tasked with selecting objects to imprint into clay. They then to craft borders around the clay so that the plaster could be poured on top. After the plaster had dried, the students extracted their pieces from the moulds and used a wide range of paints to infuse vibrant colours into their botanical plaster casts.  

Our First Visit to DJCAD

This year, we expanded our Summer School programme by organising a day trip to Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. This new part of the project enabled the students to experience what it’s like to attend an art college. They started the day with a fun activity where they had to use cardboard to design and make different objects. This activity challenged their creativity and problem-solving skills. They also had the chance to explore the college and interact with the staff and students there. The purpose of this trip was to show the students the opportunities available at art college and inspire them to consider applying.

We are grateful to Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design for hosting this valuable experience for our students.

Our annual Summer School is supported by the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust and the Cookie Matheson Trust. Our away day was produced in collaboration with Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.

Leave a Comment