RSA / LTS Schools Resource

RSA / LTS Schools Resource


Images from the Royal Scottish Academy: Scottish Art 1780–Present

To access the Learning and Teaching Scotland and RSA resource
‘Images from the Royal Scottish Academy, Scottish Art 1780 – Present’ please click here to link to the Learning and Teaching Scotland website

This new art and design resource for students and teachers across Scotland was launched at the RSA in May this year. It is the result of a year-long collaboration between Learning and Teaching Scotland and the Royal Scottish Academy.

Targeted mainly at students of Higher Art and Design, the resource may also support students of a wide range of ages and abilities. A CD will be issued free to all secondary schools in Scotland undertaking National Qualifications and the same material will be available on an accompanying website. Comprising of a selection of 180 images by 140 artists taken from the Royal Scottish Academy’s collections, the artists are either Scottish or have a strong Scottish connection. Each image is accompanied by brief information about the work, a biography of the artist and a critical commentary of the work. The works of art are arranged by topic to match NQ Art and Design units at Higher and cover Portraiture, Figure Composition, Still Life, Natural, Environment, Built Environment and Fantasy and Imagination. Artists can also be searched for alphabetically and chronologically.

It is an excellent example of school curriculum both promoting and benefiting from Scottish culture. It provides a window on art in Scotland from 1780 to the present day which can be used to inspire students and gives access to artistic expression in various genres to those who may not have a public art gallery close by.

Stuart Ritchie, Director of Curriculum, said, ‘Learning and Teaching Scotland is very pleased to be able to bring some of the wonderful artworks in the RSA collections that bit closer to young people in schools. This is exactly the kind of partnership working we look for to improve the quality of education.’

This resource has been developed by Learning and Teaching Scotland in close collaboration with the Royal Scottish Academy, the Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy, and with support from the Scottish Qualifications Authority.