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Take One Picture

What is Take One Picture? 


Take One Picture is the national programme organised by the National Gallery for primary schools, which aims to inspire a lifelong love of art and learning. 

Every year, The National Gallery take one picture from the collection to inspire cross-curricular work in primary classrooms. 

For the last four years, Hill Top have planned activities around each focus painting which takes place in four stages:  


Stage 1: Planning our project 

Our teaching staff attend CPD sessions as a way to start our Take One Picture project. We learn about the focus painting from Gallery educators, explore it in depth with other teachers and develop techniques and ideas for using paintings as a resource for curriculum-based learning.  


Stage 2: Working on our project 

We then introduce the painting to our children and complete a project based on the picture.  

We try to include the following elements:  

  • Painting links: Work links back to the focus painting   
  • Investigative approach: Projects are shaped by child-led research 
  • Process: Children have the opportunity to learn a new process inspired by the painting 
  • Cross-curricular learning: Projects make meaningful links across the curriculum 
  • Community: Learning involves people or places in the local community  

We always plan to submit our project, and so we document the process as we go, capturing photographs of the work and quotes from the children. 

As part of our project, we have taken children to the National Gallery to see the real painting.  

Stage 3: Submitting our project 

We always work towards giving our children the chance to see their own project exhibited at the National Gallery, so each year we submit a PowerPoint presentation which shows the process, final result and how the project includes the Take One Picture criteria: Focus painting links, investigative approach, process, cross-curricular learning and community (detailed above). 

Hill Top always receives a participation certificate and we have been lucky enough to have our project chosen to be displayed at the National Gallery several times. 

Stage 4: Exhibiting our project 

The annual Take One Picture exhibition takes place at the National Gallery. The exhibition is held every summer and is a great way to celebrate our children’s creativity and showcase their responses to the focus painting. Our children have the unique opportunity to see their artwork exhibited at the heart of a world-leading Gallery. The National Gallery also run a digital programme alongside the exhibition, including video tours, photographs and descriptions of the projects to celebrate them online. 


Bellows the Horse 2020 Take One Picture Submission


Embossed Breastplates 2021 Take One Picture Submission


Stormy Sea and Gentle Rivers 2022 Take One Picture Submission