This term the A Level Art and Design students had the opportunity to visit the Royal Ulster Academy exhibition at the Ulster Museum. This Annual Exhibition showcases the work of Academy members, invited artists and artists selected through open submission. The diversity of the work is excellent and we enjoyed seeing artwork by some of Ireland’s most important artists for example David Crone, Diarmuid Delargy, Neil Shawcross and a former teacher of Ballyclare Secondary School, Graham Gingles. Pupils were able to study the work of contemporary artists and make connections with their own work. This has really helped pupils to experiment and to develop their ideas and skills. We were treated to a tour of the Gallery by the artist Barbara Allen (who is a well established watercolour painter) followed by a workshop where she demonstrated techniques for using watercolour.