National Gallery showcase for talented pupils of Riseley Lower School

Year 3 pupils at Riseley Lower School who took part in a project at the National Gallery.
Year 3 pupils at Riseley Lower School who took part in a project at the National Gallery.
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Creative pupils from Riseley Lower School have seen their work exhibited at The National Gallery.

The Year 3 youngsters have taken part in the project Take One Picture, run annually by The National Gallery, open to all primary schools.

Each year the gallery focuses on one painting from the collection to inspire cross-curricular work for the pupils in their class.

The challenge is for schools to use the image imaginatively in the classroom, both as a stimulus for artwork, and for work in more unexpected curriculum areas. National Gallery Education then displays a selection of the work in the annual Take One Picture exhibition at the National Gallery, and on their website.

Using this year’s chosen painting, The Bathers At Asnieres by Georges Seurat, children in all year groups at Riseley submitted various forms of work - art, design technology, literacy and drama - and were delighted to that the dramatisation had been selected for the exhibition, along with work from only 22 other schools in the UK.

The children, guided by their teacher Helen King, made characters in the painting come to life. Their characters wear bowler hats, walk their dogs and dangle their legs in the water.

The script was written by the children and they also narrate throughout the film as they perform actions to recreate some of the characters in the painting.

The pupils spent a day in London to view both the original painting by Seurat as well as the Take One Picture exhibition.

The exhibition runs until September 21 in The Annenberg Court in The National Gallery and online at