THE Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools 2017-18 launched yesterday with the help of pupils from Camstradden Primary in Drumchapel.

The pupils used a state-of-the-art 83-inch screen to create a digital masterpiece in Tesco Bank’s new design studio in Glasgow.

The competition is run by the National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) and supported by the bank and attracts thousands of entries every year from children across Scotland.

Organisers have now introduced a new digital option to allow children to create their artwork on tablets and computers.

Entrants to the competition will kick-start their own ideas by looking at some of the amazing works in the National Galleries’ collection.

The competition is open to children from nursery age all the way through to S3.

This year more than 7,900 children entered, and in total more than 47,000 young artists have taken part since the partnership began in 2011.

The winning entries are displayed in a touring exhibition, starting in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and moving throughout Scotland.

On top of this last year’s winners also received art materials, vouchers and workshops for their schools.

Linda McClelland, Playfair Education co-ordinator at National Galleries of Scotland, said: “A big thank you to the pupils of Camstradden Primary for helping us to launch the competition today with some digital flare.

“Every school in Scotland will be receiving one of our calendars featuring the winning works from 2017. Hopefully this will inspire teachers all across Scotland to take part in 2018 and help us celebrate our 15th birthday.”