School children at the Palace of Holyroodhouse
Schools: Edinburgh
The Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Queen's Gallery span 10 centuries of history and over 500 years of art, and provide unique opportunities for creative curriculum based learning.

School Sessions

Who was Castiglione the Lost Genius?

Age group: 
Second Level, Third and Fourth Levels
School subjects: 
Expressive Arts
The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione has been described as both a lost genius and a lawless rogue. His best-known works are large vibrant drawings in oil on paper but he was also one of Italy's most significant printmakers of the 1600's. However, he lived a turbulent life and often had to move between cities to escape the trouble he left behind. ... Read more about Who was Castiglione the Lost Genius?

A view of Holyrood Abbey taken from the Palace Gardens

Investigating Holyrood Abbey

Age group: 
First Level, Second Level
School subjects: 
Social Studies, Expressive Arts
Palace of Holyroodhouse

Pupils investigate the history of Holyrood Abbey and look for evidence of its turbulent past. ... Read more about Investigating Holyrood Abbey

Learning Resources

Design a Coat of Arms

Download the activity and design your own Coat of Arms - a design made up of symbols, animals and colours.

If you visit any of the Royal Residences look out for the Coats of Arms or the Royal Standard on display. ... Read more about Design a Coat of Arms

Compose your own landscape: Children's activity

Discover how artists composed paintings of landscapes in the seventeenth century and then have a go at composing you own landscape. ... Read more about Compose your own landscape: Children's activity