Take One Picture 2018

See how primary schoolchildren have been inspired by Pintoricchio's Penelope with the Suitors, from 'The Odyssey,' in this year's Take One Picture exhibition

Pintoricchio, Penelope with the Suitors, about 1509
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Pintoricchio, 'Penelope with the Suitors', about 1509

 

The woman at the loom is Penelope, wife of Odysseus, the hero of Homer's 'Odyssey'. During Odysseus’s absence Penelope is besieged by suitors. She refuses to consider their advances until she has finished weaving a shroud. At night she unpicks what she weaves by day.

 

Southern Road Primary School artwork
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Southern Road Primary School, London
5–6 year olds

 

Pupils worked with their parents at home to decide what would best represent their family on a crest. At school, some children had a go at creating appliqué shields using felt.

Artwork by Farringtons School, Chislehurst
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Farringtons School, Chislehurst
10–11 year olds

 

After hearing the story of Penelope in 'The Odyssey', the conversation led to boats, shipwrecks, and treasure... and the treasure chest idea was born! It belonged to Penelope and contained all her favourite things.

 

Artwork by Sacred Heart RC Primary School, Teddington
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Sacred Heart RC Primary School, Teddington
9–10 year olds

 

As a class we looked at different types of fabric and used them to make pictures. We decided to create our own felt to show parts of the story in 'The Odyssey.'

Artwork by Glendower Prep School, London
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Glendower Prep School, London
9–10 year olds

 

The pupils each designed a flag that would represent their chosen Italian region. They presented their final design, explaining to their classmates the symbols and colours they had used and why.

Artwork by Bilton Church of England Junior School, Rugby
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Bilton Church of England Junior School, Rugby
10–11 year olds

 

We learned about the sweetheart pins that soldiers gave to their wives and girlfriends during the First and Second World Wars. We focussed on their symbolism, and we designed one specifically for the character of Penelope in 'The Odyssey'.

Artwork by Caroline Chisholm School, Northamptonshire
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Caroline Chisholm School, Northamptonshire
10–11 year olds

 

The children’s artwork expresses places seen on their own voyages and incorporates new techniques learnt, such as using modroc (plaster of Paris bandages).

Artwork by Wells Cathedral Junior School, Somerset
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Wells Cathedral Junior School, Somerset
7–8 year olds

 

Year 3 focussed on the cat and chequered floor in Pintoricchio's painting. They investigated board games with chequered patterns. In pairs they designed and made different chess pieces based on cat characters they had researched.

 

Artwork by Wells Cathedral Junior School, Somerset
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Wells Cathedral Junior School, Somerset
8–9 year olds

 

The students looked beyond the surface of Pintoricchio's painting, finding many small stories within the bigger frame and attempted to bring these smaller elements to life through printmaking workshops.

Artwork by Kingswood Primary School, Gloucestershire
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Kingswood Primary School, Gloucestershire
5–11 year olds

 

We looked at the flags representing the different districts in Siena where Pintoricchio mainly worked. We created flags for each of our school houses for a celebration of our school’s 125th anniversary.

Artwork by Parsonage Farm Nursery and Infant School, Hampshire
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Parsonage Farm Nursery and Infant School, Hampshire
4–7 year olds

 

We invited a local weaver to show the children what Penelope was doing in Pintoricchio's painting and teach them how to do it. The wools used had been hand-dyed by the children in colours that were in the painting.

Artwork by Cleveland Road Primary School, Ilford
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Cleveland Road Primary School, Ilford
5–6 year olds

 

The children analysed facial features, expressions, skin tones and hairstyles; they compared various portrait styles. They tried hard to convey the emotions Penelope from 'The Odyssey' might be feeling and experimented with oil pastels.

Artwork by The Paragon Junior School, Somerset
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The Paragon Junior School, Somerset
8–9 year olds

 

The children developed seascapes by drawing sail boats, experimenting with blue mixes, and using maps of Cornwall as their backgrounds. The idea of connecting locations across maps with woven and sewn lines came from a discussion about journey lines in indigenous Australian art.

Artwork by St Faith’s C.E Primary School, Hampshire
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St Faith’s C.E Primary School, Hampshire
9–10 year olds

 

As weaving is a central part of 'The Odyssey', the children decided to tell stories through their own weaving. On top of the weaving, they stitched clues from the story. The children worked in pairs and built their own frames.

Artwork by Baring Primary School, London
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Baring Primary School, London

6–7 year olds

 

During a drama lesson the children pretended to be the sailors from 'The Odyssey' who were terrified of the Sirens. The children used photos to paint self-portraits posing as the terrified seafarers.

Artwork by St Christopher’s School, London
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St Christopher’s School, London
10–11 year olds

 

Year 6 created their own boats that could set sail on epic adventures across the seas using willow withies, tape, and wire.

Artwork by Grafton School, London
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Grafton School, London
8–9 year olds

 

Year 4 were particularly curious about what a fresco was. Experiments were set up and the children drew, painted, and inscribed words onto prepared areas of modroc and plaster slabs.

 

Artwork by Limespring School, London
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Limespring School, London
7–10 year olds

 

The children used a wide variety of materials and learnt a range of new techniques to create mystical creatures inspired by Pintoricchio’s painting. Limespring is a school for children with specific learning differences such as dyslexia and dyspraxia.

Artwork by Limespring School, London
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Limespring School, London
7–10 year olds

 

Inspired by the mythical creatures in Pintoricchio's painting, the children made Sirens. They gained new clay modelling skills about and learnt about the process of applying coloured slip, drying the clay, and firing it in the kiln.

Artwork by Carterhatch Junior School, London
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Carterhatch Junior School, London
9–10 year olds

 

Anderson class recognised that the character of Penelope, with all her Suitors, was in a position of power and had choices. The children were interested to learn about other women in history who affected change in their lifetime.

Pintoricchio, Penelope with the Suitors, about 1509
Southern Road Primary School artwork
Artwork by Farringtons School, Chislehurst
Artwork by Sacred Heart RC Primary School, Teddington
Artwork by Glendower Prep School, London
Artwork by Bilton Church of England Junior School, Rugby
Artwork by Caroline Chisholm School, Northamptonshire
Artwork by Wells Cathedral Junior School, Somerset
Artwork by Wells Cathedral Junior School, Somerset
Artwork by Kingswood Primary School, Gloucestershire
Artwork by Parsonage Farm Nursery and Infant School, Hampshire
Artwork by Cleveland Road Primary School, Ilford
Artwork by The Paragon Junior School, Somerset
Artwork by St Faith’s C.E Primary School, Hampshire
Artwork by Baring Primary School, London
Artwork by St Christopher’s School, London
Artwork by Grafton School, London
Artwork by Limespring School, London
Artwork by Limespring School, London
Artwork by Carterhatch Junior School, London

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