Ben Uri getting artful with schools' project

By Jessica Elgot, July 28, 2011
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Adding colour at Richard Cobden

Adding colour at Richard Cobden

Schools across the country could soon be using a Ben Uri art workshop trialled by pupils at a Euston primary last week.

Year two pupils at Richard Cobden School took part in a three-day workshop exploring movement based on paintings from the gallery's collection.

They studied Racehorses by David Bomberg, a drawing that reduces horses and riders to geometric shapes, and a pencil and chalk drawing of riders by Charles Fliess. The six- and seven-year-olds also delved into the Jewish heritage of the painters.

Education packs featuring Ben Uri works have been made available to thousands of schools through the London Grid for Learning. They include background to the artworks, photographs and ideas for art lessons.

‘There’s so much to learn from these artists’

Ben Uri learning and outreach co-ordinator Alix Smith said: "These artists made such a contribution and there's so much to learn from them. We hope that the workshops will be done in hundreds of schools, giving them access to works that are not on display."

At Richard Cobden, teacher Loren Poxon said: "We began by doing oil paintings, and now 3D models with newspaper, glue and coloured tissue, to show animals in movement. It's been fascinating for the children."

Last updated: 2:14pm, July 28 2011