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National Gallery laps up goblet sculptures created by Lttle Hallingbury Primary pupils

By Herts & Essex Observer  |  Posted: May 07, 2013

  • Artwork created by Year 2 pupils in Ash Class has been selected for an exhibition at the National Gallery

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SCULPTURES created by Year 2 pupils at Little Hallingbury Primary that were inspired by a painting by Dutch artist Willem Kalf are to go on display at the National Gallery.

Each year the prestigious London venue invites schools across the UK to look closely at one selected picture from its collection – this year Kalf’s Still Life with Drinking Horn – as part of its ‘Take One Picture’ project and use it as inspiration to create any form of exploration that fits in a creative curriculum.

Ash Class teacher Georgina Wheatley said: “We decided that our focus would be on the rather unusual ‘bobbly’ stems of the goblets in the picture. The reason they were often not smooth was because people would eat without forks; their hands would be greasy and slip on the stem of their drinking vessel.

“We designed and made goblets using junk material and decorated them so that the stems were not smooth. Each goblet was dedicated to a real guild or a pretend guild – another link to the picture.

“Thirty pieces of work were selected from around the country and the submission from Ash Class will be exhibited in the National Gallery from June 12 until September 22.

“We are very proud of this achievement and would like to thank all the staff and parents who supported us in making our ideas happen and with such a successful outcome.”

Ash Class are planning a visit to the gallery in Trafalgar Square later this term.

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