CLAVERING PRIMARY SCHOOL ART WORK TO BE EXHIBITED AT NATIONAL GALLERY
Pupils at Clavering Primary School have taken part in this year’s Take One Picture competition, organised by London’s National Gallery, and two classes have been successful, their work being chosen for exhibition at the National Gallery this summer.
The prestigious competition, open to primary schools internationally, showcases responses to a chosen painting from the National Gallery’s collection. Clavering’s two winning submissions will be displayed in the Gallery from 13th July to 8th October this summer.
This year’s painting, A Shipwreck on Stormy Seas by Claude-Joseph Vernet, inspired the children at Clavering School to explore the experience of sailors on board a shipwrecked ship through writing, drama, collaborative paintings, wire sculpture and digital recreations of the painting featuring the children themselves. They also made links to their science, looking at the refraction of light in water, and to their history learning about trade, in particular the spice trade with reference to Saffron Walden’s spice heritage, and to consider the possible cargo on board such a sailing ship. The children’s research led them to experiment with tie dye, using dyes made from spices from the spice trade and other natural pigments. Their tie-dyed squares were used to make sails for sailing ships in a large-scale collaborative work. This project, as well as a dance and drama project by Year 3, will feature in the National Gallery’s exhibition in the Sunley Room this summer.
Art co-ordinator, Sarah Rudkin, said of the project: “We are extremely proud to be chosen from so many entries to display our work at the National Gallery. This is an amazing accolade for the children, who worked so enthusiastically and imaginatively on the project, and we can’t wait to see the work in the exhibition. We loved taking the time to explore so many ideas inspired by Vernet’s painting and it was fascinating to see how differently each class responded to the work, each following different lines of discovery.”
A Shipwreck on Stormy Seas by Claude-Joseph Vernet
Part of Year 4’s spice tie-dyed sailing ships, inspired by Saffron Walden’s historical spice trade links – visit the National Gallery this summer to see more