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Out of Art into Storytelling

Use paintings as a stimulus for developing the literacy and performance skills of your pupils.

Get inspiration from pupils' project work - for primary and secondary teachers.

An introduction to the Out of Art into Storytelling project – 2 mins
Out of Art into Storytelling: an introduction – 3 mins
An introduction to the Out of Art into Storytelling project – 2 mins

Get inspired

See a selection of pupils' project work from Out of Art into Storytelling.

What the teachers say

Katie Love from Wroughton Junior School, Wiltshire

"The biggest thing was enabling me to give the children confidence to be storytellers."

Zoe Humberstone from Tealby School, Lincolnshire

"It’s been the glue that has brought the curriculum together across the school."

Doris Yohannes, St.Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, London

"The paintings add so much atmosphere, so much colour to their writing."

Tom Gray from Halstow Primary School, London

"From the moment I showed them the paintings, my class was hooked and produced some of the best writing I have ever seen."

See full case study of Tom's class

Get involved

If you are a teacher of primary school-aged children or secondary school English, you could join in our next Out of Art into Storytelling project. Check the website for dates of forthcoming courses. 

Seeing the paintings at the National Gallery is the natural starting point for a project. Find out how to arrange a school visit

Project evaluation

Cambridge University's Faculty of Education evaluated the Out of Art into Storytelling project.

Dominic Wyse and Laura McGarty, University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education:

"There is powerful evidence from the participants of the Out of Art into Storytelling project of the potential of pedagogy inspired by visual art to transform pupils' storytelling."

 Cambridge University report [PDF 4.7mb – opens in a new window]



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Twenty-five teachers from 11 London schools took part in the pilot Out of Art into Storytelling project. A number of people and organisations contributed expertise to the project. See list of project participants.


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