Children’s art beamed on to palace
FACES of hundreds of children were projected on to Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.
Every child at Oundle Primary School did a self-portrait for the Face Britain project which then created a montage of the Queen and beamed it on to her palace.
It was part of the national celebrations and also broke a world record for the biggest number of people to work on one art work.
Teacher Claire Morrison said: “We asked all the children last year what they would like to do to celebrate the Jubilee and Olympic year.
“One suggestion was to break a world record. The Face Britain project was a brilliant chance for the children to make their mark in history.
“They were really excited to make their self-portraits and you can imagine the cheer that went up when we heard the world record had been broken.”
The scheme was announced last year and the children immediately jumped at the chance to paint their own portraits.
Each class is named after an artist and to mark the start of term in September many of the children celebrated their new form by painting in the style of their class name.
The work ranged from well known artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet to David Hockney and Andy Warhol.
The pictures were painted or draw on a variety of media then uploaded to the Face Britain website.
The organisers then put together the montage and turned Buckingham Palace into a giant canvas.
It was unveiled at the end of last month with Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton and hundreds of school children who were invited down to the show.
And it was on the BBC’S flagship children’s television programme.
All the original artworks have stayed with the children in Oundle but the digital copies will be kept for the nation forever.
They can still be viewed online at www.facebritain.org.uk
But that is not the end of the school’s celebrations.
Mrs Morrison said: “This is just the beginning, we’ve got all sorts of things planned.
“We’re really driving home the message of the Olympics and the Jubilee because it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.
“A big thank you to all the parents and staff who have made it possible and well done to the children.”
BEAMING FACES: How the projected images looked on the front of Buckingham Palace.
ART CLASS: Left, a self-portrait by
Benjamin Stead; right, Ted Smith’s drawing; below, Eva Roseblade with her