Chil­dren’s art beamed on to palace

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By BEN TRUSLOVE ben.truslove@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­ben­truslove

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.

Pic­tures: ALAN STORER

ART CLASS: Left, a self-por­trait by

Ben­jamin Stead; right, Ted Smith’s draw­ing; be­low, Eva Rose­blade with her

picture.

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