National Gallery Visit
Take One Picture Exhibition at the National Gallery, Summer 2016
Just last summer term, Loughton School produced some amazing work for our annual Take One Picture Week. The painting that year was ‘Mr and Mrs Andrews’ by Thomas Gainsborough. We submitted some of the pieces for consideration for the annual exhibition at the National Gallery in London.
In the Autumn of this year we were amazed that three different pieces were chosen- watercolour paintings by Y6, selfie poems by Y4 (inspired by MK Poet Laureate Mark Niel) and a Georgian House constructed, together with furniture and even food, by a group of Year 4 children. One of the Year 6 girls, Dagamra, had her water colour paintings chosen as the design for all the posters around the museum advertising the exhibition, the banner on the Take one Picture website and for postcards. The exhibition started on 8 June and runs right through the summer, finishing on 25 September. It is in the Annenberg Court in the National Gallery and it is free to enter. If you are visiting London this summer it is well worth a visit.
As an exhibiting school we were invited to take some children to a private viewing to officially launch the exhibition. The children were asked to talk about their Take One Picture experiences over the years, but this one in particular. Five girls, who are now at Denbigh School, travelled with myself and other colleagues to London on 5 July to talk about their watercolour paintings. Issy G and Maryam R from our current year 5 who wrote selfie poems went with us too. I was so proud of their confidence and poise as they spoke eloquently and with passion about their experiences and their love of art. The Director of the National Gallery, Gabriele Finaldi, told me that he was very impressed by them all and spent a long time chatting with them, encouraging them to visit the National Gallery on many occasions in the future.
Many of the children who made the Georgian House were away at the Peak District or Caldecotte on 5 July, so I took a second party of children to London on 13 July, especially to see their house exhibited in its glass case. The children were very proud. They also looked at another painting in the National Gallery with Orlagh, one of the teachers from the Gallery. We had a wonderful day out in London and saw many famous sites too. Travelling on the underground at rush-hour was particularly memorable for all of us!
I was very proud to take all the children on both visits as their behaviour was impeccable and their enthusiasm was wonderful to behold. My great thanks go to all the staff that helped me during the two visits: Kath Graham, Kelly Gordge, Annette Furniss and Dave Bundy.
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