Welcome to the National Galleries of Scotland Art Competition for Schools 2019. 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.
- Puddles, streams, canals, rivers, seas waterfalls: who are they home to?
- Jugs, buckets, watering cans, hoses: what do we use to contain or transport water about?
- David Hockney is famous for his paintings of swimming pools. What other well-known artists, musicians and authors have been inspired by water?
- How do we protect ourselves from water when doing things like diving, fishing or just walking about in the rain?
- Sinks, baths, pools, clothes horses: where do people wash and dry their bodies and their clothes?
- Can you think of famous stories or adventures that have taken place in snowy, icy landscapes?
A picture of something connected with water. It could be an object, a scene or a design for something used to protect us.
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 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 use and combine the visual elements and concepts to convey ideas, thoughts and feelings in expressive and design work. EXA 3-03
I can respond to the work of artists and designers by discussing my thoughts and feelings. EXA 3-07a
Expressive Arts: Music
I have listened to a range of music and can identify features and concepts. I can give constructive comments on my own and other’s work including professionals. EXA 3 18a
Literacy and English
When I engage with others, I can make a relevant contribution, encourage others to contribute and acknowledge that they have the right to hold a different opinion. LIT 3 02a
Prefer to submit a group entry?
Groups of two or more pupils in any age group can choose from any of the themes in this year's competition and submit a group entry.
Make a picture inspired by any of the five themes.
Use 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. As frames have been specially made, work entered must be either A2 in size or measure 120 x 150 centimetres.