Welcome to the National Galleries of Scotland Art Competition for Schools and Families 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, 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 any size up to A2 (60 x 42 centimetres).
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
Entry form and guidelines
Entry process for families and schools:
Read the instructions for each category very carefully.
Schools are asked to select no more than 10 artworks per category for submission. You might want to invite another class to choose their 10 favourites.
Send us your entries by completing the online entry form .
Make sure that the name of each child is spelt correctly as no amendments can be made at a later stage.
Please submit images that are no larger than 10Mb and no smaller than 2Mb.
Send files as JPEG format.
Name the image file(s) with the name of the entrant and school name.
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.
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 appropriate part of the online application form and submit it with your entries.