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Youngsters' joy at masterpieces

PUBLISHED: 10:06 26 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:54 03 March 2010

SUFFOLK pupils were a picture of delight when they collected framed masterpieces by some of the world's greatest artists to take back to their schools.

SUFFOLK pupils were a picture of delight when they collected framed masterpieces by some of the world's greatest artists to take back to their schools.

The framed reproductions will now be on permanent display at East Bergholt High School, Primary School and Stowmarket Middle School thanks to gifts from Sainsbury's Pictures for Schools scheme, now in its ninth year.

Included in the gifts to each school was Peter Blake's colourful, Children Reading Comics, as well as The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein, The Orrery by Joseph Wright and Snow Storm by Joseph Turner.

Each school also received a specially prepared pack that includes teacher's notes, postcards and a BBC video showing how the pictures can be used in the classroom.

Head of art and design at Stowmarket Middle School, Jo Cross, who came to the presentation at Sainsbury's on Hadleigh Road with four Year 8 pupils, said that donations were "a super opportunity for the children".

Student Jody Zarkos, 12, said: "We went to the National Gallery and saw some of the paintings before. I really liked The Ambassadors because depending on the way you looked at it, you could see hidden things in the painting."

Bob Clarke, head of art at East Bergholt High School, which shared its gift with the village primary school, was accompanied by two Year ten students who collected works by Blake and Turner.

He said: "They will be very useful for GCSE pupils who do a lot of critical study as well as practical work. It certainly helps with the teaching and it puts art in a place where it can be seen, which is a big plus."

Jan Seaborne, head of East Bergholt Primary brought four excited youngsters from Key Stage 2 to collect paintings by Holbein and Wright which are set to take pride of place at the school.

During the nine years of the scheme, Sainsbury's Pictures for Schools have donated 40,000 pictures to more than 8,500 schools in the UK.

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