LONDON, UK.- The National Gallery will present Take One Picture, an exhibition of work by primary schools inspired by Degas's 'Beach Scene', on view from April 18 through July 4, 2005. Take One Picture is the National Gallery's nationwide primary school scheme which encourages a cross-curricula approach to learning and teaching using a single image as a starting point for classroom discussion and project work. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the exhibition, which last year attracted almost 74 thousand visitors.
Each year the scheme focuses on one picture from the nation's collection of Western European painting. Teachers find out about the painting from a dedicated website containing free resources and on-line exhibitions (www.takeonepicture.org.uk) and from the Gallery's Continuing Professional Development courses, which are attended by over 3500 teachers each year.
For this 10th anniversary exhibition, 160 schools from across the UK submitted work based on Degas's 'Beach Scene'. Far from being limited to art, the painting also inspired work on literacy, numeracy, science, geography, history, music and ICT. Delivering the National Curriculum in this holistic way enables students to make links between different subject areas. This is an approach supported by the Department for Education and Skills in the Primary National Strategy.
From ceramics and sculpture to music and video re-enactments of the scene, the range of work produced in response to the painting is as diverse as the schools that produced it.
In an independent evaluation of Take One Picture, which analysed the impact of the scheme over the past 5 years, 92% of teachers believed that the approach improved their pupils' learning and performance, 90% said that using one image in this way enhanced children's ability to work together in groups, and 87% said that it increased communication skills.