Take One Picture 2017

This year's Take One Picture exhibition demonstrates the innovative ways in which schoolchildren have responded to A Roman Triumph by Rubens.

Below are some examples of the work schoolchildren have produced for the exhibition: 

Paul Peter Rubens, A Roman Triumph, about 1630 - Take One Picture 2017 entry from Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Primary School, Essex
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A Roman Triumph 

 

A Roman triumph usually celebrated a significant military campaign or victory. Children explored the sensory elements of the painting and their enquiries were inspired by the people, animals and depiction of Roman culture they discovered.

Take One Picture 2017 entry from Brighton College Prep School, Brighton
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Brighton College Prep School, Brighton

8–9 year olds

 

Focusing on the elephant’s saddle-cover, pupils researched Roman trade routes and decided it came from Turkey. They experimented with different patterns in rug-making and weaving then created a knotted rug.

Take One Picture 2017 from Takeley Primary School, Essex
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Takeley Primary School, Essex

7–8 year olds

 

Inspired by Rubens's procession, children photographed their legs to create a ‘joiner’ picture in the style of David Hockney. A pupil-led process developed from drawing through to constructing pairs of legs to create a sculpture.

Take One Picture 2017 from St Cuthbert’s C of E Primary School, Leicestershire
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St Cuthbert’s C of E Primary School, Leicestershire

7–9 year olds

 

Pupils identified the animals, people and objects in Rubens’s painting, and visualised the sounds they might hear. They made work in the style of artist Roy Lichtenstein to explore onomatopoeia. 

Take One Picture 2017 from Soho Parish Primary School, London
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Soho Parish Primary School, London

7–11 year olds

 

Pupils linked Maths with architectural drawing by exploring 3D shapes. Children talked about what they saw, developed their 3D drawing skills, and put Maths into practise in different ways and contexts.  

Take One Picture 2017 entry from Pooles Park Primary School, London
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Pooles Park Primary School, London

9–10 year olds

 

Pupils based their project on the theme of movement. Children experimented with different mark making techniques then translated this onto a larger scale.

Take One Picture 2017 entry from Moreton Hall School, Shropshire
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Moreton Hall School, Shropshire

9–10 year olds

 

The man dressed in red reminded children of their local Town Crier who also leads processions. Pupils invited him to visit their school so they could draw him and learn about the history of local processions. 

Take One Picture 2017 entry from Lunt’s Heath Primary School, Cheshire
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Lunt’s Heath Primary School, Cheshire

5–6 year olds

 

Pupils used different colours and materials to collage their favourite part of the painting. Children thought about their sense of touch and chose appropriate materials to represent texture.

Take One Picture 2017 entry from Loughton Manor First School, Milton Keynes
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Loughton Manor First School, Milton Keynes

6–7 year olds

 

Pupils were inspired by the musical instruments because they were learning to play the trumpet.  Working with a visiting brass teacher they made a straight ‘tuba’ and a curved ‘bucina’.

Take One Picture 2017 entry from Loughton Manor First School, Milton Keynes
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Loughton Manor First School, Milton Keynes

5–6 year olds

 

Pupils investigated the size of a baby Asian elephant then used Maths and DT skills to construct a sculpture from plastic bottles and chicken wire. In Art they dyed fabric to create its skin, made felt for the headdress and designed the saddle-cover.

Take One Picture 2017 entry from Kenmont Primary School, London
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Kenmont Primary School, London

7–8 year olds

 

Year 3 researched Roman culture and focussed on the procession in the painting. They made a concertina book of Roman triumphs in London following the route of the River Thames.

Take One Picture 2017 entry from Kenmont Primary School, London
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Kenmont Primary School, London

3–4 year olds

 

Children used different sources and developed new skills to learn about elephants. They made drawings using pencil and charcoal and wrote captions and sentences using their knowledge of phonics.

Take One Picture 2017 entry from Hartsbourne Primary School, Hertfordshire
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Hartsbourne Primary School, Hertfordshire

9–10 year olds

 

Year 5 investigated the different columns found in classical architecture. They made sculptures from clay using techniques they learnt from working with  A-Level art students. 

Take One Picture 2017 entry from Harlands Primary School, West Sussex
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Harlands Primary School, West Sussex

5–6 year olds

 

Pupils were drawn to the flow of the garments worn by the revellers and applied Maths to design their own elaborate robes using repetitive geometric shapes and patterns.

Take One Picture 2017 entry from Hornbill School, HQ Brunei Garrison, Borneo
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Hornbill School, HQ Brunei Garrison, Borneo

5–11 year olds

 

Pupils drew self-portraits and arranged them as if they were in a parade. Discussing the picture at home helped develop pupils’ language skills, many of whom speak English as an additional language.

Take One Picture 2017 entry from Edward Wilson Primary School, London
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Edward Wilson Primary School, London

7–8 year olds

 

Year 3 used the painting to focus on their light and shadow topic. They created shadow puppets and then filmed a re-enactment of the parade creating sound effects with their voices and instruments.

Take One Picture 2017 entry from Clapham Manor School, London
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Clapham Manor School, London

9–10 year olds

 

Working together, pupils and teachers researched Greek and Roman temple designs before learning how to use recycled materials to make their own large-scale versions from card, tempera paint, and charcoal. 

Paul Peter Rubens, A Roman Triumph, about 1630 - Take One Picture 2017 entry from Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Primary School, Essex
Take One Picture 2017 entry from Brighton College Prep School, Brighton
Take One Picture 2017 from Takeley Primary School, Essex
Take One Picture 2017 from St Cuthbert’s C of E Primary School, Leicestershire
Take One Picture 2017 from Soho Parish Primary School, London
Take One Picture 2017 entry from Pooles Park Primary School, London
Take One Picture 2017 entry from Moreton Hall School, Shropshire
Take One Picture 2017 entry from Lunt’s Heath Primary School, Cheshire
Take One Picture 2017 entry from Loughton Manor First School, Milton Keynes
Take One Picture 2017 entry from Loughton Manor First School, Milton Keynes
Take One Picture 2017 entry from Kenmont Primary School, London
Take One Picture 2017 entry from Kenmont Primary School, London
Take One Picture 2017 entry from Hartsbourne Primary School, Hertfordshire
Take One Picture 2017 entry from Harlands Primary School, West Sussex
Take One Picture 2017 entry from Hornbill School, HQ Brunei Garrison, Borneo
Take One Picture 2017 entry from Edward Wilson Primary School, London
Take One Picture 2017 entry from Clapham Manor School, London

Banner image: Artwork by Kenmont Primary School, London. Photo © The National Gallery, London