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05 February 2012
This is a fabulous teaching resource from the National Portrait Gallery!
Pupils are asked to look at a portrait of the House of Commons from 1833, then asked to prepare an artists' brief for a painting of today's House of Commons to illustrate today's democracy.
The resource is online. It links Citizenship to art and to history so is brilliant as a cross-curricular activity, but you don't need to be an artist or historian to use it.
It examines democratic freedoms, the role of the monarch, the role of the electorate, women in parliament, the role of MPs, the role of protest and what the Parliament of the future should be like.