The GAC Education Pack is for those working in Secondary, Primary and Early Years. The pack includes examples of lesson plans covering Drawing, Painting, Design and Photography.

The education resources for Glasgow Art Club have been created by a small group of talented teachers passionate about art; about teaching; and about making the cultural resources of Glasgow Art Club accessible to educational groups.

There is a section with information on how to book an educational visit, some guidance on risks and potential hazards, to help teachers or others bringing educational groups, assess and plan their visits.

Then there are the resources for each sector: early years, primary, secondary art and design students, and resources for using with National Progression Award students at level 4.

This pack was produced by Jackie Marno, Laura Bernstein, Eileen Campbell and Rhona Black, with co-ordination by Emma Griffiths, Building Learning. The pack was funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, part of a wider repair, conservation and engagement project to allow more people to access and appreciate the cultural heritage of the Glasgow Art Club.

The pack can be downloaded here -

Early Years Resource

Primary Resource

Secondary Resource

Photography Resource


Booking your visit

Glasgow Art Club has produced these resources for teachers to encourage self-led visits by education groups.

The Club is busy a lot of the time, with members, diners, events and functions. Staff of Glasgow Art Club may be available when groups visit, and will do their best to assist if there is capacity. The resources have been designed for teachers to lead their own visits, and the assistance of Club staff should not be depended upon. A teacher pre-visit is essential.

Visits are particularly welcome on Mondays and Tuesdays, between 11am and 12 noon, and in the afternoon between 2pm and 3pm.

Please email the manager at or call 0141 248 5210 and speak to a member of staff to arrange your visit, which will require a reasonable amount of notice, and dates offered that do not clash with other events or bookings. Please also look at the Planning Your Visit suggestions on the following page, which teachers may wish to use to create a visit risk assessment which complies with the requirements of their own establishment.



The Glasgow Art Club recently undertook and completed a project to restore its building at 185 Bath Street, Glasgow, with financial assistance from Historic Scotland, the Heritage Lottery Fund and other funding bodies. As part of this project we are committed to making the Club’s facilities and its heritage known to a wider public, and at the same time encourage young people to take an interest in the pictorial arts.

The Art Club has been promoting the arts in Glasgow and the West of Scotland for over 150 years. Many of our members are professional artists. Some of Scotland’s leading artists have been members, including nearly all of the Glasgow Boys, Sir James Guthrie, Sir John Lavery, D. Y. Cameron etc. In recent times our members have included such artists as David Donaldson, John Cunningham, James Robertson and many others. There are regular exhibitions in the Club Gallery, which was designed by John Keppie and Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and these are open to public viewing.

Our programme aims to provide young adults, aged 14 – 18 years, currently in secondary education, with an insight into the cultural diversity of the arts within the Club’s environment; to expose them to the positive ethos of the expressive arts; meeting contemporary artists; viewing and discussing artists’ work; engaging socially with artist and lay members; and gaining insight into other professions associated with or supporting the Arts. The Club can offer an unprecedented opportunity for young people to experience the benefits of being part of an establishment of such historical and cultural importance. In this way it is hoped that their enthusiasm will be aroused to further their own careers in the Arts.


Below are Artist members of the Glasgow Art Club who have very kindly offered their support to the Education Project in the form of workshops, master classes and Artists’ talks.

Robert Kelsey
James S Davies
Delny Goalen
Michael Clark
Tom McKendrick