Jason Cordingley Director of Art
I have been the Director of Art since 1998 and have loved seeing the range and scale of work undertaken in the department grow over this period. I have particularly enjoyed the many trips to the galleries in Edinburgh and beyond. Seeing the delight on the faces of pupils when, for first time, they see a painting that we have been looking at in class. It also never ceases to amaze me how thrilled our boys can be when exposed to new work in a gallery setting.
I have also taken a very keen interest in pastoral care over my time at Merchiston, having enjoyed being a Housemaster for Chalmers East for eight years and an Assistant Housemaster to the Sixth Form boarding house.
I came to the School from Carmel College in Oxfordshire, having been the Director of Art and an Assistant Housemaster there for a number of years. Previously I was an Art teacher at a London comprehensive.
I love the personal and flexibility feel that a small school provides. If you have a project or new idea, and are prepared to invest in it with the students, Merchiston supports your endeavours. One recent highlight was the large undertaking of creating with every pupil in our Fourth Form a large Giacometti inspired sculpture.
Not really mine- but our two daughters Columba and Mafalda.
A Pringle pupil- "Sir, I’m not sure what the name of this animal is in English but, it looks a bit like a chicken but more like a fox….."
Seeing old boys returning and enjoying being successful in their chosen creative pursuits.