Banchory pupils inspired by artist

Paul Barnes with P6 pupils
Paul Barnes with P6 pupils

Around a hundred Banchory Primary School pupils have been working alongside the internationally-renowned artist Paul Barnes over the last few weeks.

Paul has introduced them to his own drawings and paintings of fantastical creatures and inspired them to draw and paint in their own way.

The pupils have been excited by his paintings and been motivated to write their own poems, stories and folk tales, illustrating them in their own unique way.

Their work will be exhibited alongside Paul’s new paintings and prints at Woodend Barn in Banchory.

Paul was a pupil at Banchory Primary and the Academy and has been drawing all his life.

He went to Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen and is deeply inspired by his homeland of Aberdeenshire.

His illustrative and highly-detailed paintings portray imagined creatures possessing human-like qualities.

Inspired by folklore he explores the idea of how our surroundings can inspire and guide how we live and interact in our community.

Folk Tails exhibition will run from Saturday, June 24, until Wednesday, August 17. It is free and open Tuesday to Saturday from 12-4pm. More details by calling 01330 825431 or email