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The Arts At Albyn

Art & Design taught from Lower 1 through to Upper 6 involving pupils in design, expressive activity and critical evaluation. Painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography offer a variety of media to allow pupils to express their ideas and their
feelings visually. The School has two well-equipped art rooms, a kiln and is integrating digital technologies alongside more traditional skills of portraiture and still life, stained glass and jewellery design. Older pupils undertake a critical appreciation of established artists and the relevant artistic movements from where they originate. Upper 6 pupils who study the subject to Advanced Higher Level often progress on to undergraduate courses in Art and Design, architecture and related fields.

Those with an interest in drama will have many opportunities to act during their time at Albyn School. From light-hearted plays such as the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the School has a long history of producing plays and musicals in both the Lower and Upper School with pupils also entering the BBC’s ‘Shakespeare off by Heart’ competition’. The option of studying Drama begins in Upper 3 with pupils developing drama and theatre production skills as they work on the production of scripted drama. Those studying the subject through to Higher Level will study texts from the perspectives of both actors and directors and will explore contemporary Scottish plays making use of the School’s Wood Lecture and Arts Theatre and the more extensive stage, lighting and sound facilities available in the FP Centenary Hall.

Excellent music provision for pupils starts in the Lower School where singing and the basics of rhythm are taught together with listening inventing and the theory of music. In the Upper School, pupils learn how to read music and develop their singing, percussion and keyboard skills along with an introduction to different musical styles ranging from the Music of Scotland to Electro-Acoustic Music. Older pupils can study for public examinations in music up to Advanced Higher Level Music where they develop skills in composing, listening and performance with the opportunity to produce portfolios of work in MIDI-sequencing.

Many pupils take advantage of the fact that we have a broad range of instrumental instructors to learn to play a musical instrument. They can then join the School orchestra, the Blues Band, Ceilidh band or other instrumental ensembles. Choral singing is particularly strong at Albyn. Nearly all the Lower School takes part in the Junior Choir while Upper School pupils can join the Upper School Choir or Vocal Ensemble. The School regularly performs at Aberdeen’s Cowdray Hall and Music Hall and there are periodic choral tours around Scotland and further afield. Albyn’s pupils are regularly represented in the National Youth Choir and Orchestra.

The Arts At Albyn

Art & Design taught from Lower 1 through to Upper 6 involving pupils in design, expressive activity and critical evaluation. Painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography offer a variety of media to allow pupils to express their ideas and their
feelings visually. The School has two well-equipped art rooms, a kiln and is integrating digital technologies alongside more traditional skills of portraiture and still life, stained glass and jewellery design. Older pupils undertake a critical appreciation of established artists and the relevant artistic movements from where they originate. Upper 6 pupils who study the subject to Advanced Higher Level often progress on to undergraduate courses in Art and Design, architecture and related fields.

Those with an interest in drama will have many opportunities to act during their time at Albyn School. From light-hearted plays such as the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the School has a long history of producing plays and musicals in both the Lower and Upper School with pupils also entering the BBC’s ‘Shakespeare off by Heart’ competition’. The option of studying Drama begins in Upper 3 with pupils developing drama and theatre production skills as they work on the production of scripted drama. Those studying the subject through to Higher Level will study texts from the perspectives of both actors and directors and will explore contemporary Scottish plays making use of the School’s Wood Lecture and Arts Theatre and the more extensive stage, lighting and sound facilities available in the FP Centenary Hall.

Excellent music provision for pupils starts in the Lower School where singing and the basics of rhythm are taught together with listening inventing and the theory of music. In the Upper School, pupils learn how to read music and develop their singing, percussion and keyboard skills along with an introduction to different musical styles ranging from the Music of Scotland to Electro-Acoustic Music. Older pupils can study for public examinations in music up to Advanced Higher Level Music where they develop skills in composing, listening and performance with the opportunity to produce portfolios of work in MIDI-sequencing.

Many pupils take advantage of the fact that we have a broad range of instrumental instructors to learn to play a musical instrument. They can then join the School orchestra, the Blues Band, Ceilidh band or other instrumental ensembles. Choral singing is particularly strong at Albyn. Nearly all the Lower School takes part in the Junior Choir while Upper School pupils can join the Upper School Choir or Vocal Ensemble. The School regularly performs at Aberdeen’s Cowdray Hall and Music Hall and there are periodic choral tours around Scotland and further afield. Albyn’s pupils are regularly represented in the National Youth Choir and Orchestra.

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