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WKISSP lecture


The West Kent Independent State School Partnership (ISSP) is a partnership of eight secondary schools - Beechwood Sacred Heart School, The Judd School, Kent College Pembury, The Malling School, Mascalls Academy, Oakley School, The Skinners’ School and Skinners’ Kent Academy and has been established with the aim of sharing resources and together, provide high aspirational learning opportunities for pupils. The projects will not only benefit pupils, but also enable teachers to extend their professional development, free from curriculum constraints. 

This year, to mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci, the WKISSP hosted their first event; an evening’s lecture, on Tuesday 21st May at The Judd School, for students in years 7 and 8 and their parents.

Mr Matt Wilson, a teacher of History of Art and a published writer, provided an overview of Leonardo da Vinci's career and legacy, and incorporated a selection of his paintings and drawings. He then discussed da Vinci's extraordinary and unprecedented work in art, anatomy, botany, engineering and mathematics. Mrs Haley Tomlinson, from the Conservation Department at the National Gallery, then spoke on Leonardo da Vinci’s Virgin of the Rocks: materials and methods. The talk provided an introduction to the materials and methods that were used to create this work, from the preparation of the wooden support and the creation of the design, to the gradual build-up of the paint layers and application of the details in gold. Particular attention was paid to the sfumato paint effects for which Leonardo was so famous. The students and their parents then had the opportunity to ask the guest speakers questions.

Over 120 students and parents from across the 8 schools attended the hour long lecture. Below is some of the feedback received.

“The evening was interesting, engaging and informative –thank you”

“Absolutely fantastic full stop!”

“It was great. We both really enjoyed it and I am looking forward to hearing what is coming up next. Brilliant idea to help bring kids and parents together in learning and a pleasant, social, low key, local night out.

“It's rare that parents and children have learning opportunities at the same time and so I really enjoyed that about the evening, we could then discuss what we'd learned together. Normally it's the child learning and the parent supplementing their learning so it was good for the kids to see that we enjoyed learning too.”


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Posted: 10/06/2019 at 16:24
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