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Visual Arts Inspiring Learning in Schools

Using the visual arts to deliver Curriculum for Excellence
Learning to look at art helps students master basic critical thinking skills important for success across the curriculum. Using contemporary art as a starting point for learning is one way to deliver the Curriculum for Excellence. Collaborative work between galleries and schools can also offer other ways to develop cross-curricular learning and potential to cover the following curriculum areas: expressive arts, health and wellbeing, languages, mathematics, technologies, religious and moral education, social studies, and sciences.


Engage Scotland Inspiring Art Cards
Engage Scotland Inspiring Art Cards are designed to aid pupil learning during a gallery visit or in the classroom when looking at an image or visual artwork.
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Engage Scotland Visual Arts Education Awards 2005
Engage Scotland celebrated the rich and vibrant visual arts education work happening across Scotland through the Awards. This was the only Scottish scheme to recognise the gallery education and visual arts outreach profession, and Awards of 1,000 were available to galleries, museums and arts organisations for memorable projects that offered individuals a quality engagement in the visual arts. The Awards were sponsored by the Scottish Executive's National Programme for Improving Mental Health and Well-being and supported by the Scottish Arts Council. The eleven winning projects were profiled in the suitably colourful and engaging publication- Creativity and Well-being. 

2005 Engage Scotland Visual Arts Education Awards information, including a full list of winners 

Creativity and Well-being PDF

The publication '..If I wrote down all the things I enjoyed I would run out of paper..' celebrated the winning projects in 2004.

The 2003 publication Creative Collaborations, commissioned by The Scottish Arts Council showcased current practice in gallery education in Scotland through case studies and offered those interested in working with the sector a useful resource of guidelines and contacts. Download a copy here. (6.6MB)


2003, the European Year of Disabled People, saw the publication of the report Addressing disability in galleries in Scotland produced by Engage, commissioned by The Scottish Arts Council, looking at physical and attitudinal issues of disability and access in visual arts and crafts exhibition venues in Scotland. Engage Scotland hope to work with the Scottish Arts Council to address some of the training needs highlighted in the findings. A PDF of the publication is available here or for more details go to publications section.


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