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?

Secondary pupils standing outside the main entrance to the Palace of Holyroodhouse

An Introduction to the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Age group: 
Third and Fourth Levels, Senior Phase
School subjects: 
Social Studies, History
Palace of Holyroodhouse

With a member of the Learning team, pupils unravel the Palace’s history, from its origins in 1128 to the present day. Find out about past royal residents and discover some of the famous events that have taken place within the Palace walls.    ... Read more about An Introduction to the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Learning Resources

Seeing the story Children's activity screen shot

Seeing the story: Children's activity

By looking closely at paintings we can often discover a lot more than meets the eye. Artists had the ability to tell a story without using words. Instead they use hidden symbols and clues to pass on a message to the viewer. ... Read more about Seeing the story: Children's activity

Make a Miniature

Get inspiration from these tiny paintings of royalty.  Download the activity and create your own miniature masterpiece. ... Read more about Make a Miniature