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

‘The Story of Cupid and Psyche’ (c.1473) by Jacopo del Sellaio (1441/2-1493); tempera and gold on a wooden panel – From the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
‘The Story of Cupid and Psyche’ (c.1473) by Jacopo del Sellaio (1441/2-1493); tempera and gold on a wooden panel – From the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

The Inspire Story

Inspired!

Cupid and Psyche: How a Fifteenth-Century Renaissance Panel Became the Most Loved Painting in Cambridgeshire

Sheila Ceccarelli tells the Inspire Project story and how teachers across Cambridgeshire worked with the Fitzwilliam Museum Education Team and AccessArt to bring Del Sellaio’s ‘Cupid and Psyche’ to life in their classrooms. A sample of the resulting children’s artwork was seen in the ‘Inspire’ exhibition – A celebration of children’s art at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge until 22nd March 2020.

The Story of Cupid and Psyche

Cupid and Psyche by Jacopo del Sellaio (1442 - 1493)  painted in egg tempera and gold on a wooden panel c.1473 

This is the story of Cupid and Psyche as seen in this Rennaisnace panel by artist Jacopo Del Sellaio and brought to life by Kate Noble, Education Officer at the Fitzwilliam Museum and Holly Morrison.

Inspire 2020 Inspire CPD for Primary School Teachers in Cambridgeshire

Inspire 2020

The Inspire 2020 Project

Over the course of a year, AccessArt worked with Kate Noble, and the Fitzwilliam Museum Learning Team, to inspire primary school teachers, in and around Cambridgeshire, to take a closer look at Cupid and Psyche by Jacopo Del Sellaio to inspire creative responses by pupils in their schools. This collection of AccessArt resources both documents the Inspire journey and signposts AccessArt posts which supported the teachers. Follow this link to find out more about Del Sellaio’s Cupid and Psyche as well as Renaissance processes and Inspire 2020 resources for teachers.

Inspire 2020: Introducing Colour and Egg Tempera on a Gesso Panel

The Inspire 2020 and Colour

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.

Inspire 2020: Teachers

The Inspire 2020 CPD

This post documents the CPD (Continued Professional Development) sessions in February and March 2019, hosted and delivered by the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge in collaboration with AccessArt, for Cambridgeshire teachers participating in Inspire 2020 Project.

Inspired! An Evolving Collection of Posts by Participating Inspire Teachers

Inspired! Psyche’s Resilience by The Fitzy Peters

Natalie Bailey shares the submission for Inspire by Year Five pupils who call themselves the ‘Fitzy Peters‘

Natalie shares the pupils’ Inspire journey and their response to the Renaissance painting of Cupid and Psyche by Jacopo Del Sellaio at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge as well as her reflections on the transformative impact that the project had on the children and how art can support healing and wellbeing.

Inspired! ‘The Tree’ by Year One and Two at Hauxton Primary School

Pamela Stewart shares the submission for Inspire by Year One and Two pupils in ‘Owl Class‘ at Hauxton Primary School

This post shares the pupils’ Inspire journey and all that they learned in response to looking at the Renaissance painting at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and where science and art can meet.

Inspired! Re-Creating Cupid and Psyche in Mixed Media by Year Fives at Linton Heights

Kirsty Webb shares the submission for Inspire by Year Five pupils at Linton Heights Junior School

This post shares the pupils’ Inspire journey and how they worked together exploring mixed-media on a large scale making a creative response to the Renaissance painting at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Inspired! Making at Linton Heights Junior School

Anna Campbell shares how the whole school engaged with making

Projects were integrated across subjects in response to the Renaissance painting of Cupid and Psyche by Jacopo Del Sellaio at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, and how she used the project to progress pupils’ making skills throughout the year groups.

Inspire - A Celebration of children's art in response to Jacopo del sellaio's cupid and psyche

Inspire ArtWork from the Fitzwilliam Museum - An exhibtion of children's work inspired by the Renaissance artist Del Sellaio, In collaboration with AccessArt

Inspire – December to March 2020, was an exhibition of art made by primary school children and celebrated creativity in Cambridgeshire schools. It championed the on-going importance of cultural learning and the visual arts for all children and young people.

Based on the National Gallery’s Take One PictureThe Fitzwilliam Museum and AccessArt teamed together to offer free Inspire 2020 CPD (Continued Professional Development for Teachers), focusing on one painting, Cupid and Psyche by Jacopo del Sellaio, as a source of ideas and inspiration.

Del Sellaio’s Cupid and Psyche was on display next to the children’s work in the Octagon Gallery.

With very special thanks to Kate Noble,  Miranda StearnSarah Villis, and Holly Morrison for making this project happen and Alison Ayres.

With special thanks to all the schools who created work for the exhibtion

Arbury Primary School, Bottisham Primary School, Cheveley C of E Primary School, Great and Little Shelford C of E Primary School, Great Giddings C of E Primary School, Harston and Newton Community Primary School, Haslingfield Endowed Primary School, Hauxton Primary School, Heritage School, Histon and Impington Junior School, Houghton Primary School, Kings Hedges Primary School, Linton Heights Junior School, Mayfield Primary School, Milton Road Primary School, Morley Memorial Primary School, Peckover Primary School, Robert Arkenstall Primary School, Samuel Pepys School, St Laurence’s Catholic Primary School, St Peters, Stamford School, Stapleford Community Primary School, Thorndown Primary School, Thriplow C of E Primary School, Cambridge University Primary School, The Vine Interchurch Primary School, Wheatfields Primary School, Wilburton C of E Primary School, William Westley C of E Primary School, Willingham Primary School 

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