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Dauntsey's History of Art Pupils Go Behind the Lectern

Published Monday 14th of November 2016 01:49:25 PM

Dauntsey’s History of Art pupils during a recent trip to Salisbury Cathedral Dauntsey’s History of Art Upper Sixth pupils have recently taken a turn behind the lectern, presenting to the Devizes University of the Third Age (U3A), an organisation which provides ‘life-enhancing opportunities for retired people through the sheer joy of discovery.’ The pupils held their audience of sixty captivated as they each spoke about one chosen artwork. Presentations covered a wide range of specialist subjects including the Italian Renaissance, Rococo, Neoclassicism and Modernism. One student, Miranda Bardsley, will re-deliver her lecture on Marcel Duchamp at the South-West regional heat of the national speaking competition, ARTiculation. Holly Pearson, Teacher of History of Art, Dauntsey’s said: “The standard of the pupils’ lectures was very high and the dynamic exchange of learning and thinking between the younger and older generations was extremely valuable for all involved.” “We have a very enthusiastic group of sixth formers who are passionate about History of Art. The lectures to the U3A are just one example of the activities we organise to enhance the pupils’ learning in the classroom. A recent trip to explore the extraordinary Gothic architecture of Salisbury Cathedral left the group in awe of this feat of medieval structural engineering.” The pupils received a £50 donation from the U3A in recognition of their efforts, which has been donated to the School’s chosen charity for this year, the Wiltshire Air Ambulance charity. For further information about Dauntsey’s School, go to www.dauntseys.org or follow us on Twitter at Dauntsey’s@DauntseysSchool.
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