School Bulletin - August 2023


New academic year, new programme! 

We are here to support your learning and teaching across the curriculum. Visit Aberdeen Art Gallery, Maritime Museum and Provost Skene’s House with your pupils to enjoy special exhibitions, explore our collections, take part in workshops and use our learning resources.


Exhibition and school's workshop  

A Quentin Blake Summer: Illustrating Verse and Book Covers 
Aberdeen Art Gallery 
8 July - 17 September 

Your pupils will love this joyful celebration of the unique talent of Sir Quentin Blake, the UK’s best-loved illustrator. ' Illustrating Verse and Book Covers brings together a selection of Blake's sketches and illustrations for the first time, from comic nonsense poems to the ever-popular stories by Roald Dahl.  

We have four free workshops for up to 33 upper primary pupils on each day below running from 10:00 – 11:45:

  • Thursday 31 August
  • Thursday 7 September
  • Friday 8 September
  • Tuesday 12 September 

Workshop activities support literacy across learning and include an exhibition introduction and support to create new book covers, stories and illustrations in the gallery’s learning space. Please email us at to book a workshop.


Book a self-guided group visit

Teacher-led class visits are a great way to explore the displays in our venues. They provide you with the opportunity to focus on specific exhibitions that support classroom studies on local heritage, creativity and people from the North East of Scotland who have shaped the city and changed the world. 

Get in touch in advance of your visit so staff are ready to welcome you. 

Email and include the following: 

  • School name
  • Number of learners and adult teachers
  • Age/stage of learners
  • Teacher contact (mobile and email)
  • If you need a lunch space

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Looking ahead . . .


'El Hacedor, 2021' (detail) © Ian Howard


Constructed Narratives: Lennox Dunbar, Ian Howard and Arthur Watson
14 October–28 January
Aberdeen Art Gallery
Admission free

Lennox Dunbar, Ian Howard and Arthur Watson are three of Scotland’s foremost artists. The Aberdeen-born contemporaries attended Aberdeen Grammar School and were greatly influenced by visits to the Art Gallery. This exhibition features works purchased for the collection early in the artists’ careers. These sit alongside more recent examples by these significant figures who, as artists and educators, have influenced subsequent generations.

This exhibition provides senior secondary learners with an excellent opportunity to investigate how artists find inspiration and develop ideas into artworks.



Use our resources to explore the collection and look out for our new packs coming soon! 



Top image: 'Mr Magnolia' (detail) by Quentin Blake 3 © Quentin Blake