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LS Lowry masterpiece goes on show in primary school
9:10am Saturday 12th October 2013 in News
PUPILS at St Matthew’s Primary School became curators of a world famous masterpiece as part of Your Paintings: Masterpieces in Schools, a new venture to inspire young people and encourage them to explore the nation’s rich and varied painting collection.
Your Paintings: Masterpieces in Schools saw a collection of famous paintings by the likes of Gainsborough, LS Lowry, Monet and Spencer and Turner, worth an estimated £14 million, into 27 schools across the nation.
A Public Catalogue Foundation initiative, led by contemporary British artists Bob and Roberta Smith and John Byrne, the event was also supported by BBC Learning.
St Matthew’s Primary School used their work of art to provide inspiration throughout the school day and across the curriculum.
Pupils and teachers also used the art as the creative spark in lessons including art, dance, drama and literacy.
The pupils produced their response to the masterpiece through canvas creations, drama productions, dance and literacy pieces..
Launched in June 2011, the site currently shows more than 200,000 oil paintings from 3,200 collection venues across the UK.
Around 80 per cent of the nation’s paintings are not on view and the vast majority had not been photographed before the Public Catalogue Foundation started work in 2003.
This project has already dramatically improved access to the nation’s publicly owned art.
Each masterpiece was accompanied by experts from the museum or gallery where it is usually displayed, to provide talks and expertise during the course of the day.
Bob and Roberta Smith said: “Putting great art in schools is a really wonderful project; all children deserve not only to appreciate and understand art, but to also have hands on first hand experience of working with materials.
“How exciting to have an amazing artwork in your school then to go to the art room or classroom and make something yourself.”
Masterpieces in Schools will be taking place in primary and secondary schools across the UK until October 18.
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