Looking closely at 'Bathers at Asnières' by Georges
Seurat ignited children's curiosity. Inspired by the painting,
they explored lines of enquiry, including rivers, industry,
changing landscapes, leisure and painting techniques.
This display showcases creative investigations that transformed
the painting from a two-dimensional object to a three-dimensional
experience for children in the classroom.
It is a hazy summer's day in the 1880s, a time of significant
urban development and industrial change. Painted on the
scale of a traditional history painting, Seurat depicts
a scene of everyday life. Young men relax and swim on
the banks of the River Seine, which runs through the nearby
French capital, Paris.
The stretch of river depicted is at Asnières to
the north-west of the city. In the background a steam
train roars across a railway bridge. The factories and
smoking chimneys of Clichy lie beyond. Closer to the viewer,
a man in a top hat and a lady with a parasol travel along
the river in a punt flying the French flag.
Seurat's palette is limited to pure, vibrant colours and
he uses complementary colours, side by side for enhanced
Take One Picture is generously supported by The Dorset
Foundation and by the Tavolozza Foundation.
The schools represented in the 2014 display are:
Ashdell Preparatory School, Sheffield
Bishop's Tachbrook CE Primary School, Warwickshire
Bosvigo School, Cornwall
CE School of the Resurrection, Manchester
Charlotte Sharman Primary School, London
Columbia Primary School, London
Elvetham Heath Primary School, Hampshire
Gawber Primary School, Barnsley
Grafton Primary School, London
Kenmont Primary School, London
King Edward's Junior School, Bath
Lady Bay Primary School, Nottinghamshire
Little Hallingbury CE Primary School, Essex
Lunt's Heath Primary School, Widnes
Malorees Junior School, London
Netley Primary School, London
Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee School, London
Riseley CE Lower School, Bedfordshire
St Cuthbert's CE Primary School, Leicestershire
Takeley Primary School, Essex
Thomas's Kensington, London
Velmead Junior School, Hampshire
Ysgol Griffith Jones, Carmarthenshire
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