Take One Picture: an exhibition of work by primary schools

Inspired by Renoir's ‘The Umbrellas’

This event was held from 29 April 2010 to 19 September 2010

29 April – 19 September 2010

Room B

Admission free

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 have responded to the challenge and submitted work for the annual exhibition.

The 2010 display at the National Gallery demonstrates the innovative ways in which schools have responded to this year’s focus painting, Pierre- Auguste Renoir’s The Umbrellas.

The painting

Renoir depicts a scene of everyday life, on a bustling Parisian street. It appears to be raining as many people hold umbrellas. The little girl holding a hoop gazes directly at the viewer.

Renoir was one of the Impressionist artists, focusing on the effects of colour and light and often painting scenes of everyday life in bright, pure colours. The contrasting colour pair, orange and blue resonates harmoniously throughout the painting.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
about 1881-6
Pierre-Auguste Renoir: 'The Umbrellas'

Generously supported by The Dorset Foundation and Mr and Mrs Christoph Henkel

Art work by Wellingborough Preparatory School, Northamptonshire Photo © National Gallery, London