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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Morning at the Frick

Through our new collaboration with the Frick Collection, a group of our sixth grade boys and their art teachers made their first visit to the Frick today. 

Led by museum guide Olivia Birkelund, the boys viewed master portraits in the Collection that related to specific topics they are studying in various disciplines, and which helped inform their understanding of the genre throughout time.

Works viewed included Joshua Reynolds' portrait of General Burgoyne (boys are studying 18th century American history); El Greco's portrait of Vincenzo Anastagi, Bellini's Saint Francis (a Saint the boys are very familiar with, and they will visit the Basilica in Assisi during their Eighth Grade Italy Study Tour), Holbein's Saint Thomas More (a reproduction of which hangs in our library), and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres' portrait of the Comtesse d'Haussonville.

Later in the term, when the boys create self-portraits in 'line and watercolor,' they will most certainly draw upon lessons learned today. 

Saint David's is purposefully increasing these types of collaborations with cultural, educational, and scientific institutions throughout our city. Such learning beyond the classroom walls exponentially expands the palette from which our boys can explore and bring meaning to skills and concepts learned in the classroom, and the world around them. 

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