Guest Book – International School of Aberdeen Preschool

On Friday we were visited by lots of young pupils from the International School of Aberdeen’s preschool class. They explored campus using our sculpture map and their very own “I spy…” sheet and visited The Sir Duncan Rice Library. Our current Waterlines exhibition focusses on the sculpture of the same name outside the Library so we used that as our starting point and talked about what a sculpture is. The pupils loved walking around Waterlines and seeing it from all angles. Next we looked at the newest of the University’s outdoor sculptures Evolutionary Loop 517.  We tried to work out what the sculptures were made of, and discussed which ones we liked and why. The classes’ opinion was split on both of the Library’s sculptures but all agreed that Evolutionary Loop 517 was particularly good to touch and climb on!
Sculpture climbing
Next we escaped the cold by visiting the exhibition to see where the artists, Will Maclean and Marian Leven, got their inspiration from. Both were inspired by the sea and ships and so the pupils hunted in the gallery to find references to these.
In the exhibition
Once they had had a good look at Will and Marian’s artwork the pupils were set the challenge of creating their very own sculptures for outside of the Library. They used recycled materials such as bottles, coffee stirrers, plastic containers and egg boxes to create amazing pieces of 3D art.
Here are the artists at work:
Sculpture building Sculpture building Sculpture building Some of the finished sculptures
Before they left us for lunch the pupils finished off with a story in our comfy corner. It was called Little Tug by Stephen Savage and it had a lovely ending to end a very nice morning.
Story in the comfy corner
If you would like to bring your pre-school or nursery class to visit The Sir Duncan Rice Library please email us at

Posted by: Lynsey


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