Take one treasure school learning

Inspiring Children through museum collections

What is the Take One Treasure Virtual School Learning Offer?

  • A bespoke class or whole school project that explores cross-curricular themes and subjects through a work of art and supporting object in our collection. 
  • Creative and enquiry based activities.
  • Opportunity to have a museum exhibition.
  • Supports Take One Picture @ National Gallery.
  • Arts award option. 

If you would like to discuss options and pricing for your school please get in touch at stlearning@twmuseums.org.uk

Our work with schools - 'Take One Picture 2020' National Gallery initiative

Each year the Take One Picture initiative focuses on one painting from London’s National Gallery collection to inspire cross-curricular work in primary classrooms. 

South Shields Museum & Art Gallery played a major role in helping the Reception through Year 6 classes at SS Peter and Paul RC Primary School engage with the 2019 selected painting 'Men on the Docks', by George Bellows through delivering a school assembly and developing and delivering bespoke museum workshops. The children engaged with South Shields Museum’s painting 'The Wreck off the South Pier' and other objects in the collections through visual literacy, movement and poetry writing. The result of this and other local visits helped form the works for an exhibition that was displayed at South Shields Museum and provided a fantastic example of cross curricular engagement with a local school utilising the museum’s collections to link with other major historical works of art. In addition, the staff and a team of children took ownership of the curation and hanging of this exhibition.

Take a look at SS Peter and Paul RC Primary School's exhibition opening video on facebook here.

Every year, as part of the Take One Picture initiative, the National Gallery invites primary schools nationwide to submit their creative responses to a painting from their collection. Artworks are then selected to be displayed in a primary school exhibition at the gallery entitled ‘Take One Picture’.

For the ‘Take One Picture 2020' exhibition, SS Peter and Pauls RC Primary were one of 37 schools out of 1000 entries from across the country selected to participate in the National Gallery exhibition. Moreover, they were the only school chosen from the North East. 

Maria Butt, the headteacher at SS Peter and Paul RC Primary School, said: “I am incredibly proud of our children and their wonderful artistic creations.”

“The exhibition initially caught my eye because of its theme ‘Men of the Docks’.  As we’re situated in Tyne Dock, I thought it was important to get involved and share the talents that we have here within our school community."

“Creative art is a key part of our wider curriculum from early years to key stage two. as a school, we focus on nurturing creativity from the start of primary school, through to the end."

“It’s fantastic to be recognised on a national level, especially given the huge number of schools who entered. Not only are we representing our school but the entire region – it’s great to put South Shields and the wider North East area on the map.”

The artwork created by the Reception and Year 6 classes were chosen to be included in the gallery exhibition and their work can be seen here: Take One Picture 2020

Here are some of the artworks created by SS Peter and Paul RC Primary School:

A school project notebookImage: A notebook created by SS Peter and Paul RC Primary School, South Shields, in response to the Take One Picture project.


Artwork, tyne bridge collage
Image: Artwork designed by SS Peter and Paul RC Primary School, South Shields, in response to the Take One Picture project.


Image: The artwork designed by SS Peter and Paul RC Primary School, South Shields, 10–11 year-olds. Using photographs taken of their local waterfront, Year 6 made their own version of 'Men of the Docks' in response to the Take One Picture project.
Image: The artwork designed by SS Peter and Paul RC Primary School, South Shields, 10–11 year-olds. Using photographs taken of their local waterfront, Year 6 made their own version of 'Men of the Docks' in response to the Take One Picture project.