Dianne Kotzur, the art and technology leader at Rutherglen, was inspired by an Adobe advertising campaign, in which classical portraits were recreated using digital techniques, but decided to put her own spin on it.

“We thought that we’d have a go at doing exactly the same thing but approaching it in a non-digital way. 

“The idea that we were trying to go with was definitely more of the art appreciation side of it, where the kids had to investigate the works, and really look at them and how they were created,” she explains.

Kotzur’s decision to make the project based on more traditional, rather than digital, techniques came about as a desire to offer students a different creative experience to the instant and immediate digital culture they were used to, “rather than click on an icon on the internet in two seconds, look at it for two seconds and move on”.

Students worked in pairs for this project, with one student being the ‘painter’ and photographer, and the other being the ‘painted’, and were asked to investigate the artist and context of the piece from which they derived their inspiration before deciding how to adapt and represent the work.

“…then it was more of the practical side, so the experimenting with materials and techniques, working with props, painting backgrounds or manipulating backgrounds to suit the image,” Kotzur explains.

With the success of this year’s project, she hopes to have even bigger plans for the students next year.

“We’ve already planned that next year, the kids want to do the same thing, but we’re going to recreate a large work, a large-scale work, and use all the students in one piece,” she enthuses.