The Perse School
King’s Hedges & Colville Primary
2014 - 2017
This project harnessed the energy and enthusiasm of Perse School sixth-formers, matching them to mentees in partnering primary schools. Over 8 sessions our tutors led mentors and mentees through a variety of activities aimed at developing thier critical and creative thinking and presentation skills at the same time as introducing them to concepts and figures in art and architectural history. This course, involving the Fitzwilliam Museum; the Cambridge museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, as well as King’s College and Gonville and Caius Cambridge, presents students from all schools with an opportunity for meaningful practical, emotional and intellectual development. We are delighted to be repeating this project with a larger vanguard of Perse and primary pupils again this year.
‘The Project with the Perse School made a major impact on the achievements of pupils concerned’
Ofsted Inspector’s Report, King’s Hedges, 2015
A Pre-U Study Day for Downe House
The aim of this London day-trip was to study at first hand examples of the Nude directly pertinent to the Pre-U Course. This intensive day was also a chance to open their minds to new case studies, and to draw links between all thematic elements of this section of the syllabus. At Tate Britain the students were able to compare a broad range of approaches to this theme, from Leighton’s The Sluggard to Gwen John’s Nude Girl and Francis Bacon’s Figures at the base of a Crucifixion. After a fun boat trip from ‘Tate to Tate’, the afternoon at Tate modern was spent exploring and giving presentations on contrasting works from Picasso to Barkley. L. Hendricks.
The day went very well; what you had planned was perfectly pitched, and your delivery was superb! The handouts were great too... thanks once again for such a super day!
Diane Slocombe, Head of Art History, Downe House
2013 - 2017
In the Spring terms for the past four years we run this exciting course in collaboration with Eton College, introducing Art History to 20 students from 4 local state-maintained schools. Through 8 workshops ranging from ‘Creative Responses to Art’ to ‘New Perspectives: the feminist view’, students were able to develop their self confidence, creative and critical thinking and ultimately to give 10 minute presentations on selected works of art.
I was fundamentally impressed by how The Bigger Picture were able to convince the students that they could learn a new subject and way of thinking, and learn to appreciate that their lives had been changed significantly for the better.
Vaughan Clark, Art History, Eton College