Tesco Bank Art Competition 2018 Nursery

Theme: A Place to Live

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.

A View of Tantallon Castle with the Bass Rock

Who lives in this castle?
Why is it sitting right on the edge of such a high cliff?
If you look closely you can see people at the bottom of the painting and boats in the sea. What is happening?
If you could climb into the painting where would you like to be?

This castle is in East Lothian and you can go and visit it today. Alexander Nasmyth painted lots of landscapes but he is most famous for the portrait of his friend, the poet Robert Burns. He was also an engineer designing and building a number of bridges. He designed the grounds of Inveraray Castle too. What a very clever man he was to leave behind so many things for us to enjoy!

Little Girl in a Tent

Does this little girl live in the tent? How do you know?
Does she look happy? Who is the person with her? 
What is the tent made from? What can you see lying outside it?
There is a cart in the picture. What would it be used for?

This photograph is a mystery. We do not know who took it or when or why it was taken. Because it is in black and white we know it must have been taken a long time ago. It is kept safely in a drawer in the gallery so that the light does not make it fade. 

Two Houses, Concarneau

How many differences can you spot between these two houses? How many people do you think live here? Are they all one house or a number of flats?
If you were visiting how would you enter?
Imagine there are noises and smells coming from the houses. What could they be?
We cannot see anyone in the windows but the people who live here are neighbours. Can you use your imagination to make up some stories about them? If they met outside they might say ‘Bonjour!’ What does this tell us?

Anne Redpath was born in Galashiels and her father was a tweed designer - so colour was very important to both of them. She lived in France for a while with her family, making this painting in Concarneau which is a little fishing port. She had three sons, two of which became artists like their mother. 

Things to consider

Here are a few questions to help spark the imagination.

  • Bricks, stone, ice, mud, stilts, paper - what are buildings made from? In this country? In different parts of the world?
  • What do we call the rooms we eat, sleep or wash in?
  • What could you live in if you need to move your home around? 
  • How would you build a tree house?
  • Doors, windows, steps, railings, paths, turrets, pillars, gates - what shapes can you see?
  • People in fairy tales live in some strange places. Was Rapunzel happy in her tower? Was the ginger bread house a safe place to stay?
  • In the story of the Three Little Pigs, whose house was the strongest? Why did the old woman live in a shoe?


A picture of a building or structure you would like to live in. It could be a house, a castle, a wigwam, an igloo, a lighthouse or a caravan. 


A4, A3 or A2 size paper in any colour.
Any materials or combination of materials, such as pencils, paint, chalks, crayons, paper or fabric.

Entries will be judged on originality and creativity, confidence in the handling of materials, and boldness and impact.


Curriculum for Excellence

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 learning to assess and manage risk, to protect myself and others, and to reduce the potential for harm where possible. HWB 0-16a

Literacy and English

I enjoy exploring events and characters in stories and other text, sharing my thoughts in different ways. LIT 0-01c

I listen and watch for useful or interesting information and I use this to make choices or learn new things. LIT 0 -04a

Numeracy and mathematics

I have spotted and explored patterns in my own and the wider environment and can copy and continue these and make my own patterns. MTH 0-13a

I enjoy investigating objects and shapes and can sort, describe and be creative with them. MTH 0-16a


Through creative play, I explore different materials and can share my reasoning for selecting materials for different purposes. SCN 0-15a

Social Studies

I explore and discover the interesting features of my local environment to develop and awareness of the world around me. SOC 0-07a

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.

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