In this post, Pamela Stewart shares the submission by Hauxton Primary School, Cambridgeshire for Inspire: A Celebration of Children’s Art in Response to Jacopo del Sellaio’s Cupid and Psyche by Year One and Two pupils in ‘Owl Class‘.
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.
‘The Tree’ by Pupils in Owl Class
Introducing Cupid and Psyche
The story was told to us.
‘Tell us again!’ we said.
Every day for a number of weeks the story was retold.
Poppy’s mum, Pippa, said that Poppy drew the story on the blackboard at home and retold it often!
Let’s study trees and plants!
Linking across the curriculum during our Science week, we decided to ask Professor John Love to carry out an investigation with us on what colour of light plants thrive better in.
We then placed the seeds into different coloured bags – clear, blue, green, red and in tin foil (no light).
It was the ones in the red and blue bag that grew best!
We learned lots of facts about trees!
With the leaves we found, we produced still life pictures using pastels.
Now for the finale and our class tree…
We had learned about the Renaissance techniques of Jacopo del Sellaio and wanted to try them out ourselves.
Using poster paints, egg and wine (we had read that the wine makes the egg smell nicer!) we produced colourful leaves.
The eggs were supplied by one of our mums, Martina!
Gilding our leaves
‘The Tree’ by Owl Class
‘I loved learning about old pictures and how they were painted,’ said Jack.
‘It was such fun and I really liked painting with egg and wine!’ said Arianna.
‘Using the gold leaf was really tricky but it made our tree look really special,’ said Emily.
‘I hope we win!’ exclaimed Owl class!
Go back to Inspire: A Celebration of Children’s Art in Response to Jacopo del Sellaio’s Cupid and Psyche
Inspire opens on Tuesday 10 December 2019 to Sunday 22 March 2020
In the Octagon Gallery – Gallery 10, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Inspire is an exhibition of art made by primary school children and celebrates the creativity of our local schools. It champions the on-going importance of cultural learning and the visual arts for children and young people.
Based on the National Gallery’s Take One Picture, The Fitzwilliam Museum and AccessArt teamed together to offer free CPD (Continued Professional Development Sessions) for Teachers to local primary schools and resources, over the course of a year-long project Inspire 2020, focusing on one painting, Cupid and Psyche by Jacopo del Sellaio, as a source for ideas and inspiration.
Del Sellaio’s Cupid and Psyche will be on display next to the children’s work in the Octagon Gallery.
With very special thanks to Kate Noble, Miranda Stearn, Sarah Villis and Holly Morrison for making this project happen and Alison Ayres.