Samuel Lucas JMI School, Hertfordshire
Years 5 and 6 (9 to 11 year-olds)
The children worked collaboratively
with an author-illustrator to make a giant puppet theatre,
complete with decorated proscenium arch and scenery.
This was all hand painted by the children, as were the
masks. From an original idea of cardboard puppets, the
children, wearing masks, became the puppets and the
narrators the puppet masters.
The play was developed out of the students' observations
of the principle characters in the painting. They were
given appropriate names and identities and even relationships
and personality traits. The inspiration for the play
was the mystery of the change in Renoir's style over
the five years he worked on the painting.
Helen Davis (Lead Teacher)
© Samuel Lucas JMI School.
Photo: The National Gallery, London.