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 do you know about climate change?
- How has climate change started to affect different parts of the world?
- Have you noticed any effects of climate change where you live?
- What could happen if temperatures rose across the world?
- What could happen if the sea level rose?
- How could the landscape change in the next 50 years where you live? In other parts of the world?
- What can people do to slow down climate change? Recycle, reuse, repair, think about their carbon footprint, conserve energy, conserve water, limit food waste, buy local, reduce meat consumption, avoid single use plastic
- What are the best ways to communicate the urgency of action against climate change?
Create a picture relating to climate change. You could consider the effects or consequences of global warming and/or the ways in which it could be prevented.
Any materials (new or recycled), 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 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 0-07a
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
I can identify the possible consequences of an environmental issue and make informed suggestions about ways to manage the impact. SOC 3-08a
I can investigate the climate, physical features and living things of a natural environment different from my own and explain their interrelationship. SOC 3-10a
I can investigate the relationship between climate and weather to be able to understand the causes of weather patterns within a selected climate zone. SOC 3-12a
Health and Wellbeing
Through contributing my views, time and talents, I play a part in bringing about positive change in my school and wider community. HWB 0-13a / HWB 1-13a / HWB 2-13a / HWB 3-13a / HWB 4-13a
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.
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.
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.