Nicolson Institute pupils have been working hard on their schoolwork from home, leading to international recognition for one art project.

Secondary 1 student Seumas Ferguson was one of the pupils who took part in the Getty Challenge as part of his art and design lessons - recreating a famous work of art using only materials and objects from around their own homes.

The Los Angeles Museum has already received thousands of recreations of famous artworks, which they have been posting online, but there was special recognition for Seumas’s recreation of ‘Wanderer above the Sea of Fog’ by German artist Caspar David Friedrich (c1818, pictured together with Seumas’s recreation).

Seumas put time and effort into achieving an excellent likeness in his Lewis version of the portrait, garnering hundreds of likes on Instagram and a call from the Kunsthalle Museum in Hamburg, home to the original portrait, who have featured his piece on their own Facebook page.

A Nicolson Institute spokesperson said: “The school, and especially the art and design department, are delighted that Seumas’s work has been recognised in this way, testimony to his interest and dedication.

“Since lockdown began, many S1-3 pupils have engaged with a variety of set lessons in a similar positive manner and to a high standard, and the school acknowledges the support and encouragement from parents which makes this possible.”

You can find the original challenge on the Getty Facebook page at