Friday marked the 25th anniversary of the competition, originated by Fourth Headmaster Dr. Donald T. Maiocco. It is one of four major summary projects that the Eighth Grade boys complete in their humanities course. Each eighth grader researches a notable work by a renowned artist, then delivers a lecture and PowerPoint presentation on the artwork. The lectures are judged, by a panel of educators and experts in art, on the depth of the boys' analysis and research, their oral presentation skills, and the visual design of their slides.
Congratulations to Nicholas and finalists Charlie C. (Self Portrait by Vincent van Gogh), Harlan S. (Panel for Edwin R. Campbell No. 4 by Vassily Kandinsky), Matthew S. (The School of Athens by Raphael Sanzio), Declan O. (The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo Buonarroti), and Pierce E. (Several Circles, No. 323 by Vassily Kandinsky). Each boy delivered an outstanding lecture that demonstrated mastery of the work studied and oratory skills honed under the guidance of their teacher and Art Historian Nancy Iannicelli.
This interdisciplinary project is representative of the classical ideal of balance at the heart of a Saint David's education; and is a lasting legacy of Dr. Maiocco's vision.