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Masterpieces in Schools

At the beginning of October twenty-six oil painting masterpieces by artists such as Gainsborough, Lowry, Monet and Turner were lent by museums and other collections around the United Kingdom to nearby primary or secondary schools for the day. Each of the schools had the opportunity to use the painting as inspiration for creative learning across as many subject areas of the curriculum as possible. Discover the paintings, collections and schools involved by clicking on the paintings on the map below.

Have a look at this BBC news clip from Onny Primary School who were loaned a work by Monet for the day and watch a short film about their day.

Developed by the PCF in partnership with BBC Learning, Your Paintings: Masterpieces in Schools reflects the PCF’s commitment to improving public access to UK collections, to raising the profile of our national art collection amongst young people and to highlighting Your Paintings as a learning resource. The project offers participating children a unique opportunity to explore the contemporary relevance of a famous painting and to grow up with a lasting memory of the day a great painting visited their school.

To support these activities, the Your Paintings website features curriculum-based slideshows full of ideas for using paintings in the classroom. They are complemented by inspiring profiles of different careers in the art world, with contributions from Charlotte Higgins, Tim Wonnacott and Rupert Maas. Your Paintings already includes many resources for teachers to use including: a guide to artistic styles and movements; biographies of some of the world’s greatest artists; and over 200,000 artworks with details of where to see them for real.

The Masterpieces

  • Lowry, Laurence Stephen (1887–1976)

    Market Scene: Northern Town, Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887–1976) The L. S. Lowry Collection, St Matthew's Primary Stretford

  • Monet, Claude (1840–1926)

    Le Chemin creux dans la falaise à Varengeville, Monet, Claude (1840–1926) The New Art Gallery Walsall, Onny CE Primary School

  • Gainsborough, Thomas (1727–1788)

    Heneage Lloyd and His Sister, Lucy, Gainsborough, Thomas (1727–1788) The Fitzwilliam Museum , The Voyager Academy

  • Turner, Joseph Mallord William (1775–1851)

    Dolbadarn Castle , Turner, Joseph Mallord William (1775–1851) Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales , Trelai Primary School, Cardiff

  • Knight, Harold (1874–1961)

    The Manicure, Knight, Harold (1874–1961) Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, Firbeck Primary

  • Spencer, Stanley (1891–1959)

    The Furnace Man, Spencer, Stanley (1891–1959) Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, Felpham Community College

  • Reynolds, Joshua (1723–1792)

    Self Portrait, Reynolds, Joshua (1723–1792) Plymouth City Council: Museum and Art Gallery, Chaddlewood Primary School

  • Luke, John (1906–1975)

    Connswater Bridge, Luke, John (1906–1975) Queen's University, Belfast , Gracehill Primary School

  • Lowry, Laurence Stephen (1887–1976)

    The Floating Bridge, Southampton , Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887–1976) Southampton City Art Gallery, St Edmunds

  • Strang, William (1859–1921)

    Thomas Hardy (1840–1928), OM , Strang, William (1859–1921) Glasgow Museums, Drumchapel High School

  • Lowry, Laurence Stephen (1887–1976)

    Francis Street, Salford , Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887–1976) Newport Museum and Art Gallery , Glan Usk Primary School

  • Luke, John (1906–1975)

    Connswater Bridge, Luke, John (1906–1975) Queen's University, Belfast, St Anthony's Primary School

  • Peploe, Samuel John (1871–1935)

    Blue and White Teapot, Peploe, Samuel John (1871–1935) Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery, Auchmuty High School

  • Spencer, Stanley (1891–1959)

    The Dustbin, Spencer, Stanley (1891–1959) Royal Academy of Arts, Hounslow Town Primary School

  • John, Augustus Edwin (1878–1961)

    Welsh Mountains, John, Augustus Edwin (1878–1961) Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery, Ysgol Rhys Prichard School

  • Peploe, Samuel John (1871–1935)

    Boy Reading, Peploe, Samuel John (1871–1935) Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture, Loretto Junior School

  • Spencer, Stanley (1891–1959)

    Village Life , Spencer, Stanley (1891–1959) Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, Grangefield Primary School

  • Spencer, Stanley (1891–1959)

    Portrait of Daphne Charlton, Spencer, Stanley (1891–1959) Lakeland Arts Trust, Settlebeck School

  • Fergusson, John Duncan (1874–1961)

    Hortensia , Fergusson, John Duncan (1874–1961) The University of Aberdeen , Rosehearty Primary School

  • Millais, John Everett (1829–1896)

    The Conjuror , Millais, John Everett (1829–1896) Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service (Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery), The Benjamin Britten High School

  • Bell, Vanessa (1879–1961)

    Byzantine Lady , Bell, Vanessa (1879–1961) Government Art Collection, Addey & Stanhope School

  • Lowry, Laurence Stephen (1887–1976)

    The Old Town Hall and St Hilda's Church, Middlesbrough, Tees Valley , Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887–1976) Middlesbrough Council, The Kings Academy

  • Spencer, Stanley (1891–1959)

    Gardening, Spencer, Stanley (1891–1959) Leeds Museums and Galleries, Meadowfield Primary

  • Wadsworth, Edward Alexander (1889–1949)

    Marine Set, Wadsworth, Edward Alexander (1889–1949) Laing Art Gallery, Walkergate Primary School

  • Davidson, Colin (b. 1968)

    The Dialects of Silence (Portrait of Michael Longley), Davidson, Colin (b. 1968) Royal Ulster Academy, St Brides Primary School

  • Nicholson, Ben (1894–1982)

    Bocque, Nicholson, Ben (1894–1982) Arts Council Collection, The Norton Knatchbull School

  • Auerbach, Frank Helmuth, b. 1931

    Mornington Crescent – Summer Morning II , Auerbach, Frank Helmuth, b.1931 Ben Uri, The London Jewish Museum of Art, Surrey Street Primary