Pupils’ art for Games athletes

SCHOOL PUPILS in the Forfar and Kirriemuir areas are being urged to showcase their artistic talents to the world by creating Games-inspired artwork for the Athletes’ Village at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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.

With the web site 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.

Artist Vincent Deighan, who goes by the pen name of Frank Quitely, said: “I know how satisfying it is to see your work being appreciated and this is a fantastic opportunity for 6,500 school kids across Scotland to see their creative work on the world stage.”

Angus education spokesperson Sheena Welsh, added: “As a host venue for next summer’s games, the people of Angus are already looking forward to welcoming hundreds of competitors to the county, and it would be fantastic if artwork created by our young people was to welcome athletes when they arrive at their accommodation. It’s important we involve local people and communities in the excitement of the games, and this is an excellent example of the work taking place locally and nationally to engage young people in the event. I hope local schools will enter the competition, and take the opportunity to learn about the Commonwealth and the games, about values and about other countries and their cultures, while promoting the benefits of sport and healthy living.”

Schools can apply by registering at www.gameonscotland.org