Rosehearty pupils enjoy art initiative

Pupils at Rosehearty School took part in a major art initiative which saw a professor of the University of Aberdeen visit the primary school.

The ‘Masterpieces into Schools’ project aims to give school children across the UK the chance to see art works by world-renowned artists.

Rosehearty School pupils were lucky enough to be part of the initiative, which saw John Duncan Fergusson’s 1910 oil painting ‘Hortensia’ loaned to the school from the University of Aberdeen’s Museum Collections.

The painting was accompanied by Shona Elliott of the University’s Museums service and Professor John Morrison of the University’s History of Art department.

Professor Morrison gave a talk to P4-7 pupils, giving them the opportunity to learn about the history and context of the painting and to inspire them to create their own works of art.

During one of the talks, Professor Morrison said the painting on show was “worth more than a Ferrari”.

During the course of the day, P4 pupils created their own works based on the painting; P5 pupils made their own collages; P6 pupils recreated part of the visiting masterpiece; and P7 pupils created their own artworks, using Hortensia as their inspiration, but had to change at least one aspect of the painting.

Commenting, Head teacher Roselynn Birnie said: “We’re really privileged and excited about this initiative.

“It’s a great learning experience for the children and it’s supporting the Curriculum for Excellence.”

Shona Elliott, curator in the University’s Museums commented: “The University of Aberdeen’s museum collections are among the most important in Scotland.

“We have been delighted to work with the Public Catalogue Foundation and BBC Learning to arrange for the loan of one of the most important of our hundreds of paintings to Rosehearty School.”

The ‘Masterpieces into Schools’ scheme is organised by Your Paintings - a joint initiative between the BBC, the Public Catalogue Foundation and participating collections and museums from across the UK.

The University of Aberdeen offers many activities to engage the public with its research and expertise, including exhibitions, activities for schools, talks, festivals and events co-ordinated by the University’s award-winning public engagement with research unit.