The official education programme around the 2014 Commonwealth Games was launched at Kelvingrove Art Gallery yesterday providing a unique opportunity for Scottish pupils to join the challenge of creating 6500 pieces of art to decorate the bedrooms of athletes and officials from across the Commonwealth.
Using the Games and its 17 sports as creative inspiration, primary and secondary pupils will be challenged to come up with 6,500 pieces of artwork to decorate bedrooms in the Athletes’ Village where the athletes and officials from across the Commonwealth will be staying.
The winning designs will be gifted to the visitors as a memento of their time in Scotland, and athletes will be encouraged to send a note expressing their personal thanks back to the young artists.
X-Men and Superman illustrator Frank Quitely joined pupils from Hillhead Primary to urge schools to get involved and make their mark on the Games.
Unveiling a giant frame containing the Hillhead pupils’ early designs, Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive David Grevemberg, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison, and Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages also added their artwork.
Mrs Robison highlights the importance of young people being able to connect with the Games :
With the website now live, teachers and educators across Scotland and throughout the Commonwealth can access a range of educational resources for learners of all stages including film and image banks, Games history, sport profiles and materials on the Commonwealth.