Tesco Art Competition 2018 Primary 4-7

Theme: Makers of Magic

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.

The Witches

These ghostly figures stare upwards pointing their long bony fingers in synchronisation at something we can’t see. A light source illuminates their silhouetted faces with bulging eyes and hooked noses. Each one holds a finger to their mouth. Is it in thought or in astonishment? We can only guess. A strange moth-like creature hovers in the air and the flying hair indicates a rush of wind. There is no doubt that something very strange is going on here.  

Peltro William Tomkins was an English engraver and draughtsman who gave drawing lessons to the daughters of King George III. He was appointed historical engraver to the Queen. This picture illustrates a scene from Shakespeare’s Macbeth. He worked in what is called the ‘dot and stipple’ style and this is an engraving from a painting by another artist Fuseli.

The Spell

This could be a scene from a play with stage set and actors but it is certainly not a comedy. Something very serious is going on here. Expectation hangs in the air as the key character stares and points his long stick towards the mysterious chalk-ringed skull. What are the books on the table and who is his accomplice skulking in the shadows? They may have been here for days at this work or perhaps they have just started. 

William Fettes Douglas was fascinated by alchemy, mysticism, astrology and magic. He was self-taught and worked as a bank clerk in Edinburgh for ten years eventually becoming Director of the National Gallery of Scotland. He was a great collector of things such as coins and ivories. This painting is thought to show a magician trying to raise the spirit of a dead man so that it can reveal the secrets of the afterlife. 

Village Witch [Opus O.1263]

What a happy little village with brightly coloured, higgledy-piggledy houses and a bell tower. A horse-like creature leaps merrily across the road. It looks like an owl has stolen some washing. But where is the witch? This could be her at the front, holding an arm out – maybe to rescue the washing? You would expect only a good witch to live in such a cheerful place but maybe this one is just passing through . . .

Born in Grangemouth near Edinburgh, Alan Davie was impressed by the work of the American Abstract Expressionists and their free style. He was also interested in jazz music and Zen Buddhism. He could play the saxophone, piano, cello and bass clarinet. Lots of symbols appear in his work, inspired by American Indian pottery, maps, ancient rock carvings and Aboriginal art. 

Things to consider

Here are a few questions to help spark the imagination.

  • Rabbits out of hats, pumpkins into coaches, a lady sawn in half, card tricks or broomsticks for flying. If you had magic powers what would you use them for?
  • Could you write a magic spell to make something amazing happen? It might start with abracadabra or be in rhyme.  
  • If you were a witch what would you put into your cauldron to make a witches brew? Try writing a recipe including quantities.
  • Makers of magic don’t always look like you or me. What kinds of clothes do they wear? How do they travel?
  • You might get ideas from fairy tales like Cinderella or from Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Dr Who, The BFG.


A picture of someone making magic. It might be a witch, a wizard, a fairy godmother, or conjurer. It could be a piece of good magic or something very wicked. 


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 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 within art and design. EXA 2-05a

I can develop and communicate my ideas, demonstrating imagination and presenting at least one possible solution to a design problem. EXA 2-06a

I can respond to the work of artists and designers by discussing my thoughts and feelings. EXA 2-07a

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 consider the impact that layout and presentation will have and and combine lettering, graphics and other features to engage my reader. LIT 2-24a

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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Scottish Ballet

We are thrilled to be working once again with Scottish Ballet.
As well as helping select our own ten winning artworks, Scottish Ballet will choose some further pieces in celebration of their fantastic 2018 Christmas production, Cinderella in which lots of extraordinary pieces of magic happen. Scottish Ballet will have special treats for the winning young artists’ schools.



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