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 kinds of magical creatures have you heard of?
- What is a monster? Is a monster always scary?
- What makes a creature scary? Its size, sharp claws, big teeth, colour, loud roar, ability to breathe fire?
- What makes a creature magical? Wings, talking, magical powers - what could they be?
- Where would your magical creature or fierce monster live? What would they eat?
- What size would your creature be? As big as a house or small enough to fit in your pocket?
- Is your creature furry, scaly, slimy, spikey or feathered?
- What would your creature do if it met you? Would it let you ride on it? Would it show you some magic? Would it want to eat you up?
- Think about different stories with fierce monsters and magical creatures in them, Greek myths and legends, fairy stories, stop-motion model animation in films: King Kong, Clash of the Titans, Jason and the Argonauts
A picture of a magical creature or a fierce monster or both of them together. You could be in the picture as well if you like.
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
I can create and present work that shows developing skill in using the visual elements and concepts. EXA 2-03a
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
Literacy and English
When I engage with others, I can respond in ways appropriate to my role, show that I value other’s contributions and use these to build on thinking. LIT 2-02a
I can show my understanding of what I listen to or watch by responding to literal, inferential, evaluative and other types of questions, and by asking different kinds of questions of my own. LIT 2-07a
I can use my knowledge of a historical period to interpret the evidence and present an informed view. SOC 3-01a
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.