Columbia Threadneedle Foundation has partnered with the National Gallery in London to support the Gallery’s 'Take One Picture' learning programme and exhibition. Complementing the Foundation’s support, Columbia Threadneedle Investments is the exclusive corporate sponsor of Take One Picture.
Take One Picture is an annual programme inviting primary schools to focus on one painting from the Gallery's collection to create an artwork based on its themes, subject matter, historical context, or composition. Schools use the artwork to inspire cross-curricular work over the school year and submit their work for an annual exhibition.
Launched in 1995, Take One Picture is the National Gallery’s flagship primary schools programme. Each year the Gallery chooses one painting from the collection to inspire primary classrooms countrywide. Teachers are provided with resources and guidance and the challenge is then for schools to use the image imaginatively in the classroom, both as a stimulus for artwork, and for work in more unexpected curriculum areas.
Pintoricchio, 'Penelope with the Suitors' (1509)
© The National Gallery, London.
Each year a display of work produced by schools based on the painting is shown at the National Gallery, and a selection is published on the National Gallery website. To be considered for the display, schools submit examples of how a whole class or school has used the picture in a cross-curricular way to the Gallery’s Education Department.
The National Gallery selected Pintoricchio's 'Penelope with the Suitors' as the source of inspiration for the 2018 exhibition which runs from 9 May until 12 August. From studies in portraiture and printmaking to flag designs and depictions of voyages, the exhibition celebrates the work of children from 27 schools across the UK. Their creative responses reflect the richness of Homer's epic story of Odysseus and Penelope, which children discovered in Pintoricchio's painting.
Explore Take One Picture here.