Tesco Art Competition 2018 Secondary 1-3

Theme: Energy

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.

Christmas and New Year Card

Both night and day are dramatically illustrated in this picture of two halves. Flames of fire are mirrored by soft linear feathers, stripes of light by the flat blackness of night.
An all knowing and alluring face stares out holding our gaze, inviting us to admire its full glory – look at my power, look at my beauty!

Joseph Sekalski was a painter, printer, etcher and illustrator born in Poland but settling in St Andrews. He made his own printing press using strange things including the back axle of a car and a tuck box. He was a teacher at Glasgow School of Art and at the Dundee Institute of Art and Technology. 

Folk Dance

You can almost hear the joyful beat of the music as the dancers twist and turn, elbows jutting out, on the dance floor. The rhythm of the music is echoed by the repeating pattern of the figures. Nothing matters except the all-encompassing sound. Everyone is lost in the moment, faces and names are of no consequence. Sweating and breathless everyone is having a great time.

Cyril Power is best known for his linocut prints but he was also a very successful architect and teacher. The first exhibition of British linocuts was in 1929 and this led to a series of posters on the theme of sporting venues that could be reached on the London Underground. In the last year of his life he produced 89 oil paintings.

Spreading refined sugar before bagging, Glebe Sugar Refinery Greenock

This woman is hard at work in her bare feet holding her shovel. Is this her daily job as she pauses for a moment to smile at the camera, or could this be a model brought in to pose for the occasion?

What is she shovelling? The black and white image and the uniform would indicate a time in the past when this kind of work might traditionally be done by men so what is happening here?

George P. Lewis worked for a time in Indonesia and was one of 16 official British photographers selected to document World War I. In 1918, he was commissioned by the Women’s Work Committee for the Imperial War Museum to record the heroism of women labourers in the transport and heavy industries. Peter Cattrell made prints from the original negatives in 2004. 

Things to consider

Here are a few questions to help spark the imagination.

  • How do we harness energy from wind, water and sunlight?
  • Windmills, power stations, wave farms, dams, feats of engineering and architecture – beautiful to behold or blots on the landscape?
  • Kettles, hairdryers, televisions, light switches, satellite dishes - how many appliances in our home rely on energy?
  • How can we make our homes more energy efficient?
  • You are what you eat. How do sportsmen and women keep themselves in prime condition?
  • Dancing, boxing, swimming, running – how do you like to burn off energy?


A picture which illustrates some form of energy. It could be natural or man-made, something very simple or something complex. 


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 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 2-07a

Health and wellbeing

I can explain the links between the energy I use while being physically active, the food I eat, and my health and wellbeing.
HWB 3 28a

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

To help me develop an informed view, I am learning about the techniques used to influence opinion and how to assess the value of my sources, and I can recognise persuasion. LIT 3-08a

When listening and talking with others for different purposes, I can:

  • Communicate information, ideas or opinions  
  • Explain processes, concepts or ideas
  • Identify issues raised, summarise findings or draw conclusions

LIT 3 09a


By investigating renewable energy sources and taking part in practical activities to harness them, I can discuss their benefits and potential problems. SCN 3-O4b

Social Studies

I can identify the possible consequences of an environmental issue and make informed suggestions about ways to manage the impact. SOC 3 08a

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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Tesco Bank Art Competition contact details

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