Tesco Bank Art Competition 2018 Primary 1-3

Theme: Cats

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.

Corner by fire at 13 Heriot Row, Edinburgh. Andrew the cat

What does this cat do all day?
Who does he belong to – a family, an old man, a young lady?
Where would he sleep at night?
He probably doesn’t have to hunt for his food but if he did, what would he be trying to catch?
Would he enjoy being stroked and what would he feel like?

Jemima Blackburn was born in Edinburgh, one of seven children. She was very sick as a child and this is when she started drawing and painting. She never went to art school but illustrated 27 books. She was especially good at painting birds. Beatrix Potter was a great fan of her work and some people think her book Tale of Jemima Puddleduck was influenced and named after the artist. Jemima painted every day, often friends and family doing ordinary things and she also made work in stained glass. 


What are these tigers doing?
What kind of sounds might you hear from their mouths and their tails?
They all look the same size. How long do you think their bodies are?
If you suddenly jumped into the picture who would be more afraid, you or the tigers?
What do tigers use their whiskers for? How would they sense danger?

Norbertine von Bresslern-Roth, who was Austrian, is one of the most important animal artists in the world. She has also illustrated books for children. Her mother was the daughter of a riding school owner. This artwork was made by the the printing method of linocutting. Sharp tools are used to cut into the lino, ink is rolled over the surface and paper set on top. You can see that there are only a very few colours used. 

Una and the Lion

Do the girl and lion know each other or have they just met?
Who is looking after whom?
Where have they just come from? Where are they going?
Who or what are they looking at?
What would you do if you met a lion on your way home from school?

This painting illustrates a story called The Faerie Queen. In the story, the princess is trying to free her parents who have been captured by a dragon. She meets this lion along the way. He thinks she is so beautiful that he decided to help her rather than eat her. William Bell Scott was a poet as well as an artist. 

Things to consider

Here are a few questions to help spark the imagination.

  • How many different kinds of cats can you think of both tame and wild? Biggest? Smallest?
  • What countries in the world do big cats come from?
  • What patterns do they have on their fur?
  • What do they like to eat? How do they catch their prey? Why do some cats have bells on their collars?
  • How do cats move with different parts of their bodies?
  • What kind of toys can you buy for your cat to play with?
  • Some cats are now endangered species. How does this happen?
  • Why do we not see lions and tigers in the circus any more?
  • If you were a wild cat would you rather live in the desert, in a forest or jungle or in a zoo?
  • Do you know any famous cats like Mog, Maisie or Orlando the marmalade cat? Can you think of stories or poems with cats in them like The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Cat in a Hat, The Tobermory Cat or Pussy cat, pussy cat where have you been? or Macavity?


A picture of a cat. It can be wild or domestic. It might be eating, sleeping, hunting, playing or even stuck up a tree! 


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, confidence in the handling of materials, and boldness and impact.


Curriculum for Excellence

Expressive Arts Art and Design

I can create and present work using the visual elements of line, shape, form, colour, tone, pattern and texture. EXA 1-03a

Inspired by a range of stimuli, I can express and communicate my ideas, thoughts and feelings through activities in art and design. EXA 1-05a

I can respond to the work of artists and designers by discussing my thoughts and feelings. EXA 1-07a


Inspired by a range of stimuli, I can express my ideas thoughts and feelings through creative work in dance. EXA 1-09a

Literacy and English

When I engage with others, I know when and how to listen, when to talk, how much to say, when to ask questions and how to respond and respect. LIT 1-02a

When listening and talking with others for different purposes, I can exchange information, experiences, explanations, ideas and opinions, an clarify points by asking questions or by asking others to say more. LIT1-09a


I can explore examples of food chains and show an appreciation of how animals and plants depend on each other for food. SCN 1-102a

By comparing generations of families of humans, plants or animals, I can begin to understand how characteristics are inherited. SCN 1-14a

Social Studies

By exploring a natural environment different from my own, I can discover how the physical features influence the variety of living things. SOC 1-13b

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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