Welcome to the National Galleries of Scotland Art Competition for Schools 2020. The aim of this competition is to encourage 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 as a class, 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.
- What toys do you like playing with?
- How do toys change for children as they get older?
- Do boys and girls like playing with different toys?
- If you were a toy-maker what would be the most exciting toy you could make?
- Do you play with different toys when you are in different moods?
- Are some toys for playing with alone and some toys for playing with friends?
- What is the difference between toys for playing with inside and toys for playing with outside?
- Can you think of noisy toys? Toys for building? Toys for pretending? Toys for cuddling?
- What would your toys do if they all came to life when you were asleep?
- Can you think of any stories about toys? The Nutcracker, Pinocchio, Toy Story
A picture of a toy or a group of toys. You could be playing with the toys or the toys could be playing together. It could be a toy that you have played with before or one that you have invented.
Any materials, techniques or processes (for example drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, photography, computer aided design, collage, montage) to make your piece as long as each entry is two-dimensional.
It can be A4 or A3 in size.
Entries will be judged on:
- Originality and creativity
- Confident handling of materials
- Boldness and impact
Curriculum for Excellence
Entering this competition can 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 can compare aspects of people’s daily lives in the past with my own by using historical evidence or the experience of recreating an historical setting. SOC 1-04a