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Stalham students join art's masters

PUBLISHED: 18:56 23 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:50 30 June 2010

STUDENTS from a north Norfolk school are set to see their work exhibited next to some of the most famous painters in the world at The National Gallery in London.

STUDENTS from a north Norfolk school are set to see their work exhibited next to some of the most famous painters in the world at The National Gallery in London.

Stalham Junior School is one of only 12 schools nationally to be chosen for the honour after producing work for the gallery's, Take One Picture, initiative.

Last year the gallery invited primary schools to use Pierre-Auguste Renoir's 'Umbrellas' painted in the late 19th century, as a tool for learning across the curriculum.

Stalham Junior School collapsed the curriculum for an entire week to work solely on the project, creating 23 workshops for the children to choose from and get involved with.

Out of the workshops, the children created a diverse range of items, including dance, music and film pieces, which were included in an exhibition held at The Forum in Norwich in May last year.

At the beginning of this year, representatives from The National Gallery visited the school to look at the work and selected one of the projects the children had worked on entitled, Trashion, which involved making clothing from umbrella materials, to be included in an exhibition in the gallery, which opened last week and runs until mid-September.

The whole school will be going to see the exhibition at the gallery in June, which also features interviews with the children about the impact of the project, and a song sung by 11-year-old Amy Morris, from Stalham Junior which was composed, performed and recorded in a music workshop.

Head Mike Beames said: “I have been teaching for 35 years and this is by far the most amazing project I have been involved with.

“The whole school community was able to get on board with the project, from local artists to parent helpers as well as the staff.

“We are really proud of what everyone has achieved.”

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