What can the artist Stanley Spencer tell us about the First World War? 

Phil Arkinstall

The resource includes a sequence of three lessons that allow pupils to understand war artist Stanley Spencer’s perceived experiences of the First World War. It includes PowerPoints, painting resources, data capture sheets, a quiz and biographical accounts of the artist’s life. The central aims are to engage pupils with art and to see how a multi-disciplinary approach can broaden their appreciation of how something like war can be interpreted and presented to an audience. The final activity involves the creation of a visitor’s podcast for use at Sandham Memorial Chapel, the location of Spencer’s First World War murals.

(Lessons 2 and 3 are on the next page)

Please note: some images have had to be removed from the resources for copyright reasons. If you have any enquiries about the images please contact maheema.chanrai@history.org.uk.

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