Creativity Summer School for Teachers

  • Teachers | Course
  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery
  • We will start at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and move between the other galleries during the week.
  • Monday 23 July to Friday 27 July
  • Free, booking required

Applications are now being invited from teachers of all stages and subject areas. Immerse yourself in a creative environment for 5 days with a team of experienced creative educators and like-minded peers, to inspire, challenge and support you to take creative risks within the curriculum. We invite you to focus on any subject area of relevance to you and your learners.


  • How do we support learners to take ownership of their own learning and thinking, in the context of Curriculum for Excellence?
  • How do we develop the innate creativity of children and young people?
  • How could Scottish art support learning across the curriculum?

By the end of the week, you will have found solutions to these problems and created your own work plan to deliver back in school.

The week will include:

  • Creative provocations by Room 13 International and Hidden Giants
  • Learner-centred techniques and case studies by previous summer school participants
  • Planning time and mentoring to help you design classroom activity that you will trial back in class
  • Exclusive access to National Galleries Scotland collections and expertise
  • Active learning and team work
  • Lunch and refreshments provided


About You:

  • You should be willing to take risks and try new approaches
  • Committed to trialling approaches back in class, with support from one of our 'creative catalysts'
  • Willing to work with peers (we particularly welcome applications from more than one person per school; you may wish to apply with a fellow teacher / classroom assistant / parent council representative / janitor etc, with whom you would deliver work back in school)
  • Willing to attend a follow up meeting to review impact and identify opportunities to share the learning with the wider teaching community


Please apply by 30 March 2018. You will be notified by 16 April 2018 if you have been allocated a place.      

Enquiries welcome. 

Activity will be based at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and other National Galleries Scotland venues.

This project is part of Celebrating Scotland’s Art, National Galleries Scotland ambitious redevelopment of the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh.


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