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World renowned paintings spring to life at Truro High

Iconic works of art leapt off the canvas and into the classroom this week as Truro High School's young creatives brought high Renaissance paintings to life in a day of hands-on artistic challenges.

Nearly 140 girls aged from 9 to 14 were challenged to recreate world renowned works of art including ‘Primavera’ by Botticelli, ‘The School of Athens’ by Raphael, ‘The Battle of San Romano’ by Paulo Uccello and ‘The Last Supper’ by Leonardo da Vinci.

A collaboration between the school’s Humanities & Enterprise and Creative & Performing Arts faculties, the interactive day aimed to get pupils thinking creatively about art and history whilst putting their teamwork skills to the test with girls of all ages.

The day began with fascinating seminar on the history behind each painting and the seismic shift that occurred in art and culture during the Renaissance.

Split into house teams of varying ages, pupils were then tasked to recreate these paintings with materials and costumes scavenged from around the school grounds.

Innovative solutions were taken to the challenges presented to the teams ranging from fashioning classical togas from plastic sheeting to using the school’s dining room to stage da Vinci’s Last Supper.

Pupils were also asked to document their journey throughout the day so each team elected a group of journalists who were on hand taking photos and notes as their pieces of art sprang to life. The day was rounded off with a series of presentations to showcase their artwork and explain how they got there.

Published by: Grace Kennard

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