Take One Picture

Banner Image: Elvetham Heath Primary School, Hampshire with designers Sue Fox and Sue Kenneally

Caroline Marcus was former Curator for the National Gallery’s Take One Picture Exhibition. Take One Picture is the Gallery’s, flagship national primary school project. Each year, a single picture becomes the focus and inspiration for 4-11 year old children’s learning across the curriculum. Looking in close detail at a single painting and discussing relevant universal themes enables pupils to make meaningful connections across cultures and time. It also allows children to discover, imagine and explore whilst unlocking their creativity. Thousands of primary school children throughout the UK and in international schools abroad have participated in the National Gallery’s Take One Picture scheme, which has been running for over 20 years. Selected work is exhibited at the Gallery and there is also a digital display.

In 2020, Caroline was a keynote speaker for InSEA, at the International Symposium on Reform and Innovation of the Art Curriculum in Asian Schools, November 2020, hosted by East China Normal University. She spoke about Engaging Children in the Arts – Participation and Evaluation. She shared her former experience as director Takeover Day, Kids in Museums, curator Take One Picture, National Gallery and evaluation consultant, Royal Opera House.

Watch Caroline talk about Engaging Children in the Arts:

Teachers’ resources, National Gallery
Teachers’ resources, Ashmolean Museum
Teachers’ resources, Jewish Museum
Take One Picture press release
Take One Picture audio slideshow, BBC

Artwork images:  © National Gallery, Take One Picture 2014

As for you Caroline, well I doubt we can ever say enough ‘Thanks’ for the opportunity you have given us. Many of the parents were commenting on your energy and enthusiasm for the project and for the children. I was able to corroborate their views and elaborate further by telling the story of how you just ‘burst in’ and ‘took over’ when you visited us and that you had so much passion and that the children ‘buzzed’ for days.

Roy Sewell, classroom teacher

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