Fraser Avenue photography project – artwork by p4 pupils

The photography project we have been involved in over the last 8 months with the p4 pupils of Inverkeithing Primary saw its final fruition at the school at a ‘share the learning’ event. The incredibly lively and beautiful mixed media artworks, based on the wonderful photographs which the children had taken of Fraser Avenue just before the demolition began and just after the first stage had gone, were turned into a pull-out book. The pupils were justifiably very proud of their art and loved telling their parents and carers about it at the event. See more about this project here







This project was instigated by Fife Council’s Fraser Avenue Regeneration Project and led by Inverkeithing Arts Initiative)


Altered Book – The Owl Story

One of the participants in our Book Art Creative Workshops decided to try one of the suggested techniques of creating an ‘altered book’, where a whole book is reconfigured to create a completely new work of art. She took the subject of the book as a starting point, and cut away pages in layers, highlighting words in a ‘found poem’, and adding materials to illustrate the ‘story’ of the altered book. Isn’t it beautiful?

altered book - front cover     altered book - nest

altered book tawny owl

altered book little owl  altered book short eared


Old Books into New Art – Workshops at the Friary 2015

Inverkeithing Arts Initiative ran two workshops in November based on making new art from second hand books. These workshops were very well attended, and we think the people who took part came up with some fascinating works of art. The atmosphere in the Friary was very contemplative during these workshop sessions, as everyone, including the children, focused on their interpretations of the book -art techniques. Here are some of the creations:

IMG_0947   big fat moon

night of the hunter  poem in the making


dragon   this dark and curious feeling

cropped book art 1  IMG_20151117_211745631

victorias family          vintage

We also made decorations with the second hand books, simply using jewellery wire and old books, and one of our participants kindly showed us all how to make tree and angel decorations  from folded books. This was fascinating and very well received! Sharing creative skills is a great way to learn new skills and build communities.

tree and angel folded books

musical decoration        red heart decoration

Many thanks to Inverkeithing Community Council and Fife Cultural Trust for funding Inverkeithing’s Creative Workshops at The Friary.