The National Gallery

Diana and Callisto Schools Project

Can a 400-year-old painting help young people confront contemporary social issues?

The National Gallery’s Diana and Callisto Schools Project set out to explore the of impact of using Titian’s painting Diana and Callisto to support the teaching of PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) in a creative way.

Working with artist Marc Woodhead and poet Patience Agbabi, the children produced poetry and art works dealing with the sensitive issues at the heart of the painting - unplanned pregnancy and relationships with peers.

We created this film over a three month period, as the children visited the gallery, created their artistic responses and gradually discovered parallels between their lives and the themes of Titian’s painting.

To find out more about the project, visit The National Gallery Diana and Callisto Schools Project page.



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