Hot on the tale of a tenement

10th June 2011 at 01:00
Web-based resource is a building block for learning, finds Deedee Cuddihy

One of Glasgow's most iconic tenements is set to become even more iconic, thanks to a new web-based teaching resource. The 100-year-old Victorian building in the west end of Glasgow was immortalised by Scottish artist Avril Paton, who made it the subject of her famous 1993 painting Windows in the West.

The 5ftx4ft picture was bought by Glasgow Museums and later voted Scotland's second-most popular painting. Reproductions of it sell in their thousands.

Now the painting has become the focus of an online resource. Primary schools can log onto Glasgow Museums' website and download a range of activities based on the building in Saltoun Street. They can also undertake a virtual visit to the tenement, thanks to Google Earth.

But even before the new resource became available, some schools in Glasgow had already discovered the painting's potential as a vehicle for learning.

When probationary teacher Fergus Donnelly was considering a cross- curricular topic for his P6 class at St Rose of Lima school in the east end of the city, he recalled his fascination with a print of Windows in the West which his parents owned.

His pupils, many of whom were also familiar with the image, spent three months on the project. The result was Windows in the East End, their larger-than-life-size collage version of the original painting.

The project had the full support of the artist who visited the school for a Qamp;A session with the pupils. More recently, the class took part in a Glow video conference about their work and Mr Donnelly was invited to give a presentation to teachers at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. (then search: "Windows in the West").

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