Pupils are using new skills taught by a silversmith to enhance their art portfolios as part of a school project.
In a first for Aberdeenshire, Banff Academy art students have been attending lessons at Banff’s Smiddy Centre for Excellence for Silversmithing and Jewellery.
The initiative Meet the Maker, a partnership between the school, Craft Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council, involves students working alongside three craft professionals over a six-month period.
Silversmith tutor Megan Falconer has been working with the youngsters showing them the tricks of the trade over the past few weeks.
The groups initially spent time at Duff House, exploring the historic home, and were then tasked with drawing designs and developing them into a concept which could be used to make a piece of jewellery.
Sixth-year pupil Alana Cameron said she enjoyed getting out of the classroom and having the chance to be creative.
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She said: “I love coming to the Smiddy. I started off creating a necklace but I’ve developed the design and now want to make it as a ring for my final project.
“The whole experience has been really interesting and I loved going around Duff House looking at the tiny patterns and symbols which we used as inspiration.”
Councillor Gillian Owen, chairwoman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee, said: “This exciting project has been made possible through a special partnership.”