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INSPIRE 2020

Go back to Inspire: A Celebration of Children’s Art in Response to Jacopo del Sellaio’s Cupid and Psyche

The Story of Cupid and Psyche Sellaio, Jacopo del; painter; Italian artist, 1441/2-1493
The Story of Cupid and Psyche by Jacopo del Sellaio; Italian painter; 1441/2-1493; Courtesy of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

AccessArt has been delighted to have worked with Kate Noble, Miranda Stern, Alison Ayres, Sarah Villis and Holly Morrison, from the Fitzwilliam Museum Learning Team, to inspire primary school teachers, in and around Cambridgeshire, to use the Museum Collection to support their pupils’ learning and creative development.

Artworks created by children are celebrated in an exciting exhibition of children’s art curated by the Fitzwilliam Museum in 2020; Inspire.

Inspire celebrates the creative journeys and processes of both children and their teachers, and during the course of the Inspire 2020 Project, ongoing throughout 2019, supported schools in developing their creative approaches.

Modelled on the National Gallery, London’s, Take One Picture, Inspire, took a deeper look at one painting in the Fitzwilliam Museum Collection, and from there make our own journeys and discovers.

The focus painting was The Story of Cupid and Psyche by Jacopo del Sellaio, an Italian painter working with Sandro Botticelli in Florence, Italy in the 1400s.

Find out more about the Story of Cupid and Psyche by Jacopo del Sellaio with this Interactive Story Resource and this  Fact Sheet produced by the museum’s learning team.

The collection of resources below was used by teachers during the Inspire 2020 Programme, running throughout 2019.

Inspire 2020 Programme Goals

  • CONFIDENCE

    Teachers and pupils will develop confidence working in the museum spaces, responding to museum objects and sharing their ideas.

    Teachers will develop their confidence teaching and advocating for art and design within their school.

  • KNOWLEDGE

    Teachers and pupils will develop knowledge of museum objects, art forms and art skills through inspiring interactions with museum objects.

    Teachers and pupils will develop knowledge of how to plan and deliver cross-curricular projects.

    Teachers and pupils will develop a better understanding of how to promote child led enquiry based learning within their setting.

    Teachers will develop their knowledge of how to plan and deliver high quality art experiences for their pupils.

  • CREATIVE THINKING

    Teachers and pupils will respond creatively to the collection in a variety of different ways, e.g. talking, drawing, mark making, modelling, moving, writing.

    Teachers and pupils will use imaginative, inquisitive, persistent, collaborative and reflective approaches when responding to the museum objects, collections and spaces.

Beginnings

M.75-D-2-THM Apollo and EndecheliaStarting a project can feel daunting for even the most accomplished artist, but is also a fertile time of ideas and discovery.

Over the years we have created lots of strategies for starting new projects and moving ideas forwards using creative techniques and tools.

We’ll be here to guide you through the process!

 

Introduction for Participating Teachers and Educators

This post shares resources, creative prompts and outcomes from two parallel CPD sessions delivered by Kate Noble from The Fitzwilliam Museum (Education) and Sheila Ceccarelli (AccessArt) for Cambridgeshire teachers participating in Inspire 2020 Project. Using Sellaio's Cupid and Psyche as a starting point, teachers explore how art skills can be used for cross-curriculum learning and as a spring board for creative projects in the class room.

Teachers are inspired by Jacopo del Sellaio’s Cupid and Psyche at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

This post shares resources, creative prompts and outcomes from two parallel CPD sessions delivered by Kate Noble from The Fitzwilliam Museum (Education) and Sheila Ceccarelli (AccessArt) for Cambridgeshire teachers participating in Inspire 2020 Project. Using Sellaio’s Cupid and Psyche as a starting point, teachers explore how art skills can be used for cross-curriculum learning and as a spring board for creative projects in the class room.

Introduction for Participating Teachers and Educators

This post shares how egg tempera was used as a medium in the Italian Renaissance and how teachers interpreted the processes involved in the teaching studio at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge with AccessArt and the Fitzwilliam Education Team, as part of the CPD programme for Inspire 2020.

Exploring Egg Tempera

This post shares how egg tempera was used as a medium in the Italian Renaissance and how teachers interpreted the processes involved in the teaching studio at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge with AccessArt and the Fitzwilliam Education Team, as part of the CPD programme for Inspire 2020.

Kate Noble’s Introductory PowerPoint Presentation

An introduction to Inspire 2020; The project’s aims and timeline; More about The Fitzwilliam Museum Education programme; More about Take One Picture; Guidelines for the Inspire 2020 Exhibition submission; What we’ll be looking for and top tips for the project.

Download Kate’s PowerPoint presentation (pdf):

An introduction to Inspire 2020; The project’s aims and timeline; More about The Fitzwilliam Museum Education programme; More about Take One Picture; Guidelines for the Inspire 2020 Exhibition submission; What we’ll be looking for and top tips for the project.

AccessArt Drawing Prompt Cards

These prompts are designed to enable regular drawing in all settings. Try making your own prompts!

Download or Project AccessArt Drawing Prompt Cards (pdf):

These prompts are designed to enable regular drawing in all settings. Try making your own prompts!

Tools: Introducing Drawing

Drawing in the National Curriculum

Drawing in the National Curriculum

Feeling Through Drawing

Feeling Through Drawing

START HERE: DRAWING

START HERE: DRAWING

Ten Minutes, Five Times a Week

Ten Minutes, Five Times a Week

Tools: Introducing Sketchbooks and Self-Directed Learning

Sketchbooks in Primary Schools

Sketchbooks in Primary Schools

Developing Your Sketchbook Approach

Developing Your Sketchbook Approach

Making Sketchbooks at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Making Sketchbooks at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Journeys

M.75-D-3-THM CupidThe creative process is a journey, continuously in motion and moving.

It is not pre-conceived, but a continuous exploration with no fixed outcomes.

 

Tools: Introducing Themes and Storyboards

AccessArt Collection: Resources which Support Literacy

AccessArt Collection: Resources which Support Literacy

Illustrating Stories: Creating a Storyboard and First Dummy Book by Emma Malfroy

Illustrating Stories: Creating a Storyboard and First Dummy Book by Emma Malfroy

Page to Panel – How to Make Manga by Irina Richards

Page to Panel – How to Make Manga by Irina Richards

Drawing Storyboards with Children by Paula Briggs

Drawing Storyboards with Children by Paula Briggs

Illustrating ‘The Jabberwocky’ by Eleanor Somerset

Illustrating ‘The Jabberwocky’ by Eleanor Somerset

Tools: Colour

Colour Wheel for Infants and Juniors

Colour Wheel for Infants and Juniors

How to Make Beautiful, Liquid Drawings Inspired by Degas

How to Make Beautiful, Liquid Drawings Inspired by Degas

Exploring Primary Colours and Progressing from Powder Paint to Gouache and Acrylic

Exploring Primary Colours and Progressing from Powder Paint to Gouache and Acrylic

Exploring Watercolour at the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge with AccessArt

Exploring Watercolour at the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge with AccessArt

Tools: The Figure

AccessArt Collection: Drawing from a Live Model

AccessArt Collection: Drawing from a Live Model

Self Portraiture Photography by Anna Linch

Self Portraiture Photography by Anna Linch

Spotting Potential and Nurturing a Young Talent

Spotting Potential and Nurturing a Young Talent

Tools: Nature and Landscape

AccessArt Collection: Trees, Forest and Landscape

AccessArt Collection: Trees, Forest and Landscape

Wax Resist Autumn Leaves by Rosie James

Wax Resist Autumn Leaves by Rosie James

Layers in the Landscape by Emma Davies

Layers in the Landscape by Emma Davies

Tools: Collage

Gathering Marks and Tearing Paper to Appreciate Prints by Goya, Turner and Cornelius at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Gathering Marks and Tearing Paper to Appreciate Prints by Goya, Turner and Cornelius at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

From Drawing to Collage to Casting by Louise Shenstone

From Drawing to Collage to Casting by Louise Shenstone

Jo Allen and Rachael Causer at Ridgefield Primary School

Jo Allen and Rachael Causer at Ridgefield Primary School

Tools: Materials led Exploration

AccessArt Collection: Houses, Homes and Architecture

AccessArt Collection: Houses, Homes and Architecture

Making Sculptural Interpretations of 18th Century Portraits at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Making Sculptural Interpretations of 18th Century Portraits at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Making a Lyre Inspired by the Ancient Greeks

Making a Lyre Inspired by the Ancient Greeks

Conclusions

Inspire 2020 is not about static endings but about discovery, open experimentation and play.

The end point might just be a snap shot of a long process and not a final conclusion.

We hope that Inspire 2020 will give schools plenty of time and scope to play and find new avenues to explore, led by the children’s and teachers’, inspirations, fed by great art and hands-on creative processes.

We hope that along the way new skills and ideas will be cemented and creativity will be embedded as a resource to draw from for life. 

 

Resources

Find Out More About AccessArt Brilliant Makers Clubs

Find Out More About AccessArt Brilliant Makers Clubs

Find Out More About Take One Picture

Find Out More About Take One Picture

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