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World record $160m for Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger

//15/05/26
Pablo Picasso’s Women of Algiers has sold for $160m in New York. That’s a new world record for the most expensive painting ever sold at auction!

The cubist oil painting is part of series of 15 works by the artist, created in 1954-55. Women of Algiers version 0 is an example of an Arabesque study, and explores the nature of colour, line and composition.

Picasso had a great admiration for Eugene Delacroix, the French romantic painter who painted the original Women of Algiers in 1834. He started work on the 15 paintings after the death of his friend Henri Matisse.

You can see the painting and find out about the sale here on the Christie’s auction house web site

World animal day

//20/09/29
Use the activities and ideas on the World Animal Day website to celebrate World Animal Day (4 October) with your learners. The ideas are for learners of all ages and focus on raising their awareness of the importance of animals in the world, of their needs and of how looking after them well can benefit us all. Which activities will best suit your learners? (Image taken from the worldanimalday.org.uk website)

Animal community lessons

//20/09/29
Use these lesson plans from rootsandshoots.org to do animal community projects focusing on animal shelters with your learners and help them celebrate World Animal Day (4 October). The site (created by the scientist Jane Goodall) promotes empowering young people to build a better future in their communities.  On pages 3 and 4 there are plans for lower primary, primary and secondary learners. How much will they learn about animals in their community and animal shelters? (Image taken from rootsandshoots.org website)
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