Children at Tregoze Primary School have applied their own interpretation to a 16th Century painting and exhibited their ideas to parents.
As part of the National Gallery ‘Take One Picture’ scheme youngsters spent a week understanding the classical Greek story of King Darius just after his defeat by Alexander the Great as portrayed by Paola Veronese in his 1565 painting The Family of Darius before Alexander.
Each class concentrated on different figures and animals in the work and produced their own paintings and artefacts like model animals and puppets, using a wide variety of materials, including a recycling project where bottle tops were incorporated into art works. On hand with ideas and inspiration was graphic designer and grandfather Mike Sigrist who helped to bring out the best from the children.
Art coordinator Sharon Baker said, “the children came up with wonderfully creative ideas. It’s amazing how much learning has come from one painting; each class put on a super display, and having a professional artist like Mike to call upon is fantastic.”
Sharon has submitted photographs of the exhibition and hopes that some of the work will be selected for the annual exhibition put on at the National Gallery of the best work from around the country.
Pictured showing off a model of Alexander the Great’s horse Bucephalus are: Rayyan and Noor Arif, Emily Rose Duffy, Elicia Evans and Shiane Boateng
Pupils join forces with Intel staff in aid of Help for Heroes
Staff at Intel in Swindon are assisting Tregoze Primary School to raise money for Help for Heroes and raise awareness about the reality of war, in line with their curriculum study of World War II.
Business Analyst Joanna Buller said, “on 22 September we worked with thirty year 6 pupils to plan and promote a charity event to coincide with Remembrance Sunday.
“The children had the opportunity to conduct and film interviews with military personnel and veterans visiting the school so that they could present a multi-media event proposal to the rest of the school by the end of the day.”
Joanna and her colleagues take part in volunteer events every quarter as part of the organisation’s corporate social responsibility programme.
“It’s about giving back to the community,” she said. “This quarter our focus will be specifically on education; it was constructive to work with the children at Tregoze to give a professional look to their presentation.”