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Attending one of our CPD days is a great way to start a  Take One Picture project. The sessions offer teachers the opportunity to learn about the focus painting from Gallery experts, to explore it in depth with their peers, and to develop techniques and ideas for using paintings as a resource for curriculum-based learning.

Focus painting: The Finding of Moses

The focus painting for the 2022 exhibition is  The Finding of Moses by Orazio Gentileschi. See our Take One Picture key dates here.

In this huge painting, we are shown a new telling of an old story – a celebration of hope, kindness, and the beginning of a great journey, all told through the actions of women. Gentileschi updated the story for a 17th-century audience to celebrate the start of a new life. 

2020/1 Online sessions 

This year, our CPD sessions for 'The Finding of Moses' are being held online.

In February 2021, this will be a 2.5 hour twilight session.

In March and April 2021, these will be half-day afternoon sessions.

The sessions offer the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the Take One Picture programme, with tips on project planning and submission
  • Investigate strategies for developing pupils’ skills and confidence in responding to paintings, focusing on looking, questioning, storytelling and drawing
  • Learn about the focus painting and artist from Gallery educators
  • Receive a link to all PowerPoints and classroom resources shown, and a high-resolution image file of the focus painting

The half-day sessions give the opportunity to investigate these areas in more detail, as well as explore the pedagogy and practice of using a painting as a rich context for learning across the curriculum.

Twilight sessions:
Session cost: £45
Session timing: 4-6.30pm (including short breaks) 

Book tickets to online CPD: 12 February 2021

Half-day sessions:
Session cost: £60
Session timing: 1-4.30pm (including short breaks) 

Book tickets to online CPD: 8 March 2021

Book tickets to online CPD: 26 April 2021

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What do teachers think? 

"Extremely informative with excellent use made of expert knowledge. Huge amount of inspiring and practical ideas/starting points to take back to school."

"A very useful day and a vital part of the TOP process."

"Fantastic. Very high quality and inspirational. Lovely to have the freedom to explore a painting with the children, learn more about it and see the creativity that it inspires."

Find out more

All you need to know about our Take One Picture programme and exhibitions
Explore the exhibition
See how children have been inspired by George Bellows's 'Men of the Docks'
Handy resources for teachers about our Take One Picture focus paintings