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Art - Facing up to creativity

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Children's creativity has been at the heart of Diamond Jubilee celebrations, with 10-year-old Katherine Dewar's drawing being selected as the Queen's official emblem. And last month a giant image of the Queen, made up of the portraits of 200,000 children, was projected on to Buckingham Palace over two evenings.

Pupils can still enter The Children's Queen: A Jubilee Portrait Competition for Schools, which is being run by the Good Schools Guide, together with the Renaissance of the Portrait Foundation. Entries must be received by 2 July. Schools can win pound;1,000 of art equipment and the best portraits will be presented to the Queen. For more information, visit http:bit.lyKb8fxT

If they are looking for inspiration for their own commemorative work, The Queen: 60 Photographs for 60 Years is an exhibition at Windsor Castle, which includes photos of her performing official duties. She has met 12 prime ministers and 12 US presidents, and you can see images of her with John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.

The exhibition includes photographs of the Queen during official trips, and other, more intimate images that capture important milestones in her life. There are informal photographs too, showing the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, sometimes with other members of the family, in more relaxed mode.

Children are unlikely to travel to Windsor, but they can see some of the portraits in the Royal Collection online.

www.royalcollection.org.uk

What else?

Try decorating your classroom with royal family photos using claireh1039's posters. Queen Victoria was the first British monarch to be photographed. Explore images of her and her family in a resource pack from nationalarchives.

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