Masterpieces in Schools

BBC Learning and Public Catalogue Foundation launch Your Paintings:

At the beginning of October twenty-six oil painting masterpieces by artists such as Gainsborough, Lowry, Monet and Turner were lent by museums and other collections around the United Kingdom to nearby primary or secondary schools for the day. Each of the schools had the opportunity to use the painting as inspiration for creative learning across as many subject areas of the curriculum as possible.

Have a look at this BBC news clip from Onny Primary School who were loaned a work by Monet for the day and watch a short film about their day.

Developed by the PCF in partnership with BBC Learning, Your Paintings: Masterpieces in Schools reflects the PCF’s commitment to improving public access to UK collections, to raising the profile of our national art collection amongst young people and to highlighting Your Paintings as a learning resource. The project offers participating children a unique opportunity to explore the contemporary relevance of a famous painting and to grow up with a lasting memory of the day a great painting visited their school.

To support these activities, the Your Paintings website features curriculum-based slideshows full of ideas for using paintings in the classroom. They are complemented by inspiring profiles of different careers in the art world, with contributions from Charlotte Higgins, Tim Wonnacott and Rupert Maas. Your Paintings already includes many resources for teachers to use including: a guide to artistic styles and movements; biographies of some of the world’s greatest artists; and over 200,000 artworks with details of where to see them for real.