Art and English work together at Dartmouth Academy to increase understanding of Shakespeare in latest “Tenth Day”
Dartmouth Academy students have been working to understand one of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays on one of the school’s special off-timetable days.
As part of Dartmouth Academy’s "Tenth Day series", Nicola Perrott, Advanced Skills Teacher and Director of Learning, helped GCSE Students to enhance their English Literature coursework by getting hands on with Shakespeare’s controversial “Merchant of Venice”.
Timed to support understanding just prior to the international Jewish Holocaust commemorations, the students explored the plight and depiction of Jews in Renaissance Europe.
Working with artist and teacher Anna Uhr Delia and local artist Dave Hasell, the students explored visual symbolism and created massive cardboard head constructions for the various characters in the play.
Holiday Home FOR SALE in Brixham, South Devon £2500 OFF any Regal...View details
Holiday Home FOR SALE IN BRIXHAM WITH SEA VIEWS over looking St. Mary's Bay beach. Come and take a look today. ONE WEEK ONLY. Facilities on site. Pools, Ents, Club, Shop. Quiet park with stunning area
Terms: Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or with a P/X on park. Come and take a look today and own your own part of South Devon. For allot less than you can imagine!! Letting permitted
Contact: 01803 220485
Valid until: Sunday, May 26 2013
Through designing and making their creations the students were able to discuss the themes, plot and characters of Shakespeare’s play.
The "Tenth Days" are a unique part of the Dartmouth Academy curriculum, in which every tenth day of the term is dedicated to immersive learning events. These can be part of larger projects or one-off initiatives to promote learning across the curriculum.
Mrs Perrott said: “Learning is most powerful when it is immersive, using kinetic, visual and verbal learning styles. By creating experiences such as this workshop we hope that students are more prepared to do well in their English coursework through Art and Design. Literacy is something we are all responsible for.”
Unanimously students expressed enjoyment with one boy saying: “It was a great day full of fun and I was really surprised at how much I learnt about Renaissance Europe – especially the role of women and the Jewish issues.”