Trying out the Rommelpot. Staged Photos from the UK
I receive the newsletter of The National Gallery, London each month and the May issue had some information on their annual project for young school children called Take One. Every year the NG chooses a picture from their collection and teachers and pupils across the UK are then asked to be inspired by the picture in their lessons. Cross-curicular work as they call it. The products of this will be viewed by the Gallery officials and a selection will be exhibited. It could be pictures the children painted, poems they wrote, videos, photos, sculpture, etc.
How about these marvellous cheetahs by the children of Saint Nicholas Junior School, Bath:
Inspired by Bacchus and Ariadne (1521-23) by Titian:
Wonderful. But what caught my eye in the first place was a staged photo. And as you know Marie and I are always trying to be on the ball about staged photos. This year the National Gallery handed out a painting by the Dutch painter Jan Molenaer (1610-1668):
Two Boys and a Girl making Music, 1629
And here is the most hilarious staged photo – isn’t it precious?
If you go here you can read more on this year’s picture, the exhibition and watch a nice little film about the children participating.
Last year the picture was Pierre Mignard’s Marquise de Seignelay and Two of her Sons, 1691.
Seems like a very good project. Once again the Brits beat the rest of us at reaching children with art.