Welcome to the National Galleries of Scotland Art Competition for Schools and Families 2020. The aim of this competition is to encourage nursery and school children to interact with, and be inspired by, artworks in the National Galleries of Scotland Collection.
Here you will find three key artworks to look at and discuss, with some additional images included below. There are suggestions of things to think about, instructions on what to make, examples of materials that can be used and how the artwork will be judged.
Things to consider
Here are a few questions to help spark the imagination.
- Do you have a pet? Do you know anyone who does? What sort of animals are they?
- If you could have any pet in the world what would it be?
- Would your pet be big or small? Fierce or friendly? Soft or spikey?
- What noises would your pet make?
- Would you rather have a furry rabbit or a scaly crocodile?
- What can you do with a pet? Stroke it? Ride it? Play with it?
- Where can you get a pet from?
- What do you need to do to look after a pet?
- Can you think of any songs about animals? How Much is That Doggy in the Window?, Little Peter Rabbit, Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
A picture of a pet. It can be real or imaginary. You can be with your pet in the picture or your pet can be on its own. Your pet could be sleeping, playing, eating or doing anything else you can think of!
Any size paper, up to A2 (60 x 42 centimetres), in any colour.
Any materials or combination of materials, such as pencils, paint, chalks, crayons, paper or fabric.
Entries will be judged on:
- Originality and creativity
- Confident handling of materials
- Boldness and impact
Curriculum for Excellence
Entering this can competition contribute to your teaching of Curriculum for Excellence and interdisciplinary learning. Here are some examples of what the children will be able to do in working towards their entries:
Expressive Arts Art and Design
Inspired by a range of stimuli, I can express and communicate my ideas, thoughts and feelings through activities in art and design. EXA 0-05a
I can respond to the work of artists and designers by discussing my thoughts and feelings. EXA 0-07a
Health and wellbeing
I am developing my movement skills through practice and energetic play. HWB 0-22a
Literacy and English
As I listen and take part in conversations and discussions, I discover new words and phrases which I use to help me express my ideas, thoughts and feelings.
I have observed living things in the environment over time and am becoming aware of how they depend on each other. SCN 0-01a
Prefer to submit a group entry?
Groups, including families, of two or more children in any age group can choose from any of the themes in this year's competition and submit a group entry.
Entry form and guidelines
Entry process for families and schools:
Read the instructions for each category very carefully.
Complete an entry form (or provide all the information requested) and include with your entry.
Make sure that the name of each child is written very clearly and spelt correctly as no amendments can be made at a later stage.
Entries are best kept flat rather than rolled (with the exception of large group entries).
Entries should be delivered to Scottish National Gallery.
Voucher applications for schools
To support art in schools, teachers are invited to apply for a free artist led workshop for their class or £100 vouchers for art materials. Just complete the application form and submit it with your entries. 12 vouchers and 12 workshops will be allocated.