Tesco art workshops for South Park Primary

Students were given a day of art workshops recently.
Students were given a day of art workshops recently.

Fraserburgh’s South Park Primary School enjoyed a special day of art workshops as the Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools arrived in the Broch.

Primary six classes at the Aberdeenshire school took part in memorable sessions led by the National Galleries of Scotland education team. They taught the pupils how to work with clay to create pieces based on Benjamin West’s Death of a Stag from the national collection.

The workshops are designed to widen accessibility to the magic of visual art, and bring Scotland’s national collection to children across the country.

The partnership between Tesco Bank and the National Galleries of Scotland, which encourages young people to pick up a paintbrush and get arty, is now in its third year, with the aim to educate and encourage young people across Scotland using the nation’s art collection as inspiration.

In 2013, entries increased by more than 80% on the previous year. Children from every region across Scotland, from Skye to Shetland and Dumfries to Dunfermline, entered artwork, which is on show at various locations across Scotland until the summer.

Linda McClelland, Playfair Co-ordinator at National Galleries of Scotland, said: “Visiting schools is a great way to make face-to-face contact with teachers and their pupils and to introduce them to the National Galleries of Scotland and their national collection of artworks.

“It’s always a joy to spend time in schools getting young people excited about art. We’re very grateful to the council teams who helped set up these sessions.”

Chair of Aberdeenshire Councils Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Isobel Davidson said: “This competition provides a great opportunity for primary pupils to get inspired about art and we are keen to encourage children to work on these skills outside of school.

It is important to recoginse the efforts of National Galleries of Scotland and Tesco Bank who have brought the excitement of art workshops to our schools.”

Adele Mills, Community Investment Manager at Tesco Bank, added: “This is just one of our initiatives across sport, literacy and the arts designed to play a meaningful part in the communities in which we operate.”