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Take One Picture: An exhibition of work by primary schools
inspired by Renoir's 'Umbrellas'
Room B, 29 April–19 September 2010
The National Gallery's Take One Picture scheme invites
primary schools throughout the UK to use a painting
from the Gallery's collection as a stimulus for learning
across the curriculum. Hundreds of schools respond to
the challenge and submit work for the annual exhibition.
The selection of pieces featured here and those described
in the exhibition film demonstrate the innovative ways
in which schools have responded to this year's focus
Renoir's 'Umbrellas' (about 1881–6).
Renoir was an Impressionist artist, fascinated with
capturing the effects of colour and light. He can be
seen experimenting in this bustling Parisian street
scene. First painted in a soft, feathery style, the
artist later reworked the left side, introducing harder
contours, more muted colours – and the umbrellas.
Teachers and artists involved in the project have written
their own texts about the exhibits.
The schools represented in the 2010 exhibition are:
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
- Grafton Primary School, London
- Hampreston CE VA First School, Dorset
- Horningsham Primary School, Wiltshire
- Kew Green Preparatory School, Surrey
- Milbourne Lodge School, Surrey
- Samuel Lucas JMI School, Hertfordshire
- SERLS Friendship, London
- Stalham Junior School, Norwich
- Takeley Primary School, Hertfordshire
- Thorpe Greenways Infant School, Essex
- Wellingborough Preparatory School, Northamptonshire
- Wyke Regis CE Junior School, Weymouth
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