Category Archives: Art and Design

GENERATION – Contemporary Art Tours, Workshops, CPD and Projects

GENERATION is a major, nation-wide exhibition project showcasing some of the best and most significant contemporary art to have emerged from Scotland in the last 25 years. Many venues involved in GENERATION offer opportunities for educators including one off tours, workshops, CPD and longer term projects. You can use the venue pages on the GENERATION website to find the contact details of galleries near you.

If you are looking for more information about using contemporary art in the classroom, the new website feature ‘GENERATION 12/25 – Educators’ may help. It explores the potential for using examples of contemporary art when working with young people, and highlights a range of digital resources on offer.

We are really interested to hear from you if you have contemporary art resources that you’d like to share.

You can contact us on Twitter @genartscot

Iona McCann
GENERATION, Public Engagement Co-ordinator


Scottish National Gallery CPD Workshops – now free!

Life Drawing Inspired by Titian

Saturday 6 September 2014, 10am-4.30pm. FREE. Limited places. Clore Education Centre, Scottish National Gallery.

Inspired by Titian’s dynamic figure poses and loose handling of paint, this course will look at approaches to drawing the figure in an energetic and expressive way. Drawing materials will be combined in layers to achieve some of the effects that Titian sought and that Degas emulated in his own pastel paintings. Charcoal, ink and chalk pastels will be used on a variety of surfaces. Led by artist Damian Callan.

GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland

Friday 26 September 2014, 1.30–4.30pm & Saturday 27 September 2014, 10am-4.30pm. FREE. Limited places. Clore Education Centre, Scottish National Gallery.

This short intensive CPD course for Teachers will begin with an examination and discussion of the GENERATION exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery – exploring ideas, materials and processes.

Thereafter, we will work in the Clore studio from our own creative ideas and those inspired by the exhibition. A variety of conventional and unconventional materials will be available to engage and experiment with, helping us to consider how choice of media, technique and form communicate meaning.
Whilst the main focus of the workshop is to allow participants personal creative exploration time, we will discuss how the ideas and materials introduced in the workshop could be used successfully in the classroom. Led by artist Audrey Grant.

To book a place of any of these sessions, please contact Sarah Mackinnon, Education Bookings Coordinator on 0131 624 6410 or email

Further CPD sessions to be announced shortly.

Download the latest Programme for Schools here:

Continued Professional Development – National Galleries of Scotland

We can provide exciting and stimulating Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions for whole schools, departments, art forums and cluster groups.

These sessions cover a range of topics, such as:

•how art can support and extend the Curriculum for Excellence

•increasing teachers’ confidence in using object-based learning in the Galleries and the classroom

•developing teachers’ skills in looking at art

•using works of art in the classroom creatively

•practical experience in different art techniques

Above sessions can be booked for a half day or full day. We also offer specialist hands-on workshops for Secondary Art Teachers and Primary Art Specialists.

Free place available for both September events. Email to book your place!

Tesco Bank Art Competition for schools

The Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools 2015 is now open for entries.

With fun, inspiring themes for nursery, lower and upper primary, secondary and special education schools we hope you enjoy looking at, talking about and finally making your own art. You can download each of the categories separately. All winning artworks will be framed and exhibited at the Scottish National Gallery with a selection featured in a colourful calendar posted to every school in Scotland.

Full details can be found at The closing date is Friday 1 May 2015.