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Take One Picture: An exhibition of work by primary schools inspired by Rubens's 'A View of Het Steen in the Early Morning'

Since 1995 the National Gallery has invited primary schools from across the UK to use paintings in the classroom as a focus for cross-curricular teaching and learning. Hundreds of schools have taken up this challenge and many of these submit work to the annual Take One Picture exhibition.

The 2008 exhibition shows some of this work and shares creative ways of responding to the featured National Gallery painting, 'An Autumn Landscape with a View of Het Steen in the Early Morning' by Peter Paul Rubens. Made in 1636, this panoramic landscape depicts Rubens's country home at Elewijt, in an area of natural beauty between Brussels and Antwerp. It was here that he spent the last years of his life.

The schools represented in the 2008 exhibition are:

  • Castlecroft Primary School, Wolverhampton
  • Enborne CE Primary School, Newbury
  • Esher Church School, Surrey
  • Maun Infant & Nursery School, New Ollerton, Nottinghamshire
  • Ruskin Junior School, Swindon
  • St Mary’s CE VC Primary School, Bridport, Dorset
  • St Nicholas CE Primary School, Radstock, Bath
  • Southam Primary School, Warwickshire
  • Takeley Primary School, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
  • Wheeler Primary School, Hull
While some of these schools are new to the Take One Picture scheme, others have embedded using a painting as a stimulus for cross-curricular teaching and learning into their yearly planning. It enables schools to offer a broad and balanced curriculum, teaching core subjects through the arts. The scheme helps teachers deliver the DCSF Primary National Strategy: Excellence and Enjoyment and the objectives of the Government's Cultural Offer for schools. It also aligns with the principles of Personalised Learning.

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