16. London People

By Martin Crabbe | March 18 2019

16. London People

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    Climate Action 16 (#Love London. Love the World.)

    Target audience:  Key Stage 3 Art students

    1. London People

    The aim of this unit is to help students approach and analyse the meaning of portraits, drawing on a selection of London artists from very different historical and cultural backgrounds. They will compare the ways the artists conveyed the identity, status and attitudes of their sitters, and consider how this might have been shaped by the lives, times and cultural context of the artist. The artwork featured in the unit also tells a story of the city, of its people and their connections with family, society and the world around. Students will be given opportunities to apply their new understanding to portraits in the city’s galleries, historic houses and museums and in the creation of their own artworks. In doing so, students will begin to appreciate and understand the diversity of attitudes and representations of London life.

    With special thanks to the Museum of London, the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars and the Association of Art Historians and A New Direction.

    Click here to see the resource ‘London People’

    1. Who are you?
    • Read the comic strip below.
    • Do you think all of London’s People are represented in the Artwork you have seen?
    • Consider how you want to be represented in a self-portrait. Create a self-portrait on the World’s Largest Lesson website and choose 4 words to describe your describe yourself. Click here to start your self-portrait.


    1. Background to this resource

    This project aims to:

    1. Connect London’s schools to great resources based on their city and
    2. To suggest ways to introduce a global perspective to their work.

    Each blog will be based on two major curriculum resources available freely to teachers:

    1. The London Curriculum– developed by experts in their field working in partnership with the Mayor of London and his Education and Youth team.
    2. The World’s Largest Lesson– produced by Project Everyone in partnership with Unicef to help schools address three major challenges:
    • End extreme poverty
    • Fight inequality and injustice
    • Tackle climate change

    Each blog will aim to provide ways for teachers to reflect on these big issues through their own contexts, subject areas and from a London perspective.

    Thanks to the teams at City Hall and Project Everyone for providing these great resources. Some of my blog has been adapted from their websites.

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