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We are delighted to announce the winners of our October City Art Stars competition for schools. Weekly, interactive art sessions were delivered via Microsoft Teams to pupils from Niddrie Mill Primary School, Pirniehall Primary School and Forthview Primary School. These City Art Stars sessions were inspired by our current exhibition ‘Incoming: New Acquisitions at the City Art Centre’.

Pupils created ink drawings of Edinburgh landmarks inspired by the artist Kate Downie, cut out symmetrical leaf designs taking influence from Nicola Murray’s cyanotype prints and created prints of animals that are endangered or at risk in Scotland due to loss of habitat, over-fishing and climate change, inspired by the woodcut prints of artist Ade Adesina. We combined these prints with pen drawings and chalk rubbings to create imaginary landscapes.

The winning artworks for October were voted for by City Art Centre staff and members of the Culture & Communities Committee at the City of Edinburgh Council:

GOLD AWARD – Keira, Pirniehall Primary School

We were so impressed by the excellent use of printmaking in this artwork by Keira. Our judges loved the colourful buildings in the background too. Overall, this is a very eye-catching piece. Well done Keira!

SILVER AWARD – Jacob, Pirniehall Primary School

We loved the creativity and imagination in this artwork by Jacob. Not only is the puffin print brilliant, but the background is vibrant and dramatic. It really made us think about climate change and its effect on the environment. Well done Jacob!

SILVER AWARD – Max, Forthview Primary School

Our judges were really impressed by this intricate drawing of the Scott Monument by Max. He has added lovely details in this artwork such as the tonal shading in the building structure and the colourful flower beds below. Well done Max!

BRONZE AWARD – Tamara, Niddrie Mill Primary School

This is an excellent symmetrical design by Tamara. The cutting has been done beautifully and we love the colours and patterns used to decorate this leaf. Well done Tamara!

Our four fantastic winners will receive certificates and an art materials prize.

Visit our schools blog to see more artwork by pupils across Edinburgh: City Art Stars – City Art Stars – Schools programme for the City Art Centre (


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