Kallos Gallery

26th January 2015

Pupils get hands on with ancient art

Kallos Gallery’s successfully launched its Education & Outreach programme for schools last term. The initiative saw school pupils, students, and teachers visiting the gallery and even having the chance to handle objects from its extraordinary collection of ancient Greek art.

Over sixty students and their teachers, from five different secondary schools around London, Kent and Oxfordshire, have visited Kallos Gallery since September.

The activities are tailored to the age-group and the subject-knowledge of the class, but every student has the opportunity to participate by talking about an object in the gallery to the rest of the class and by contributing to group discussions. Of course, the highlight for many was learning how to hold one of our 2,000-year-old works of art!

We offer lunch, or tea and cake, in the relaxed and informal environment of the gallery’s luxurious library, where we invite students to ask the gallery staff about the artefacts, the gallery, its founder Baron Thyssen, and importantly what it is like studying the ancient world beyond school.

Dr Liz Sawyer, Kallos Gallery’s Director of Events, Education, and Outreach, commented: ‘Leading this programme has been an absolute pleasure. Kallos’ aim is unique, encouraging young people to explore and connect with the objects whilst learning key communication skills.  This is crucial for their continued interest and study of the ancient world.’

Here is a selection of comments from students and their teachers about their visits:

‘I don’t know if you realise quite how amazing and generous the gallery has been. The pupils were genuinely amazed by the day and I think it is something that will have a long-reaching effect on them.’ (Year 9 teacher)

‘I just wanted to say another massive thank you for a fantastic experience yesterday — it was truly astonishing.’ (Sixth Form student)

‘The boys were absolutely delighted with the trip and carried on talking about it after we left for a good long while.’ (Classics teacher)

‘It was thoroughly enjoyable, and I especially loved that we were able to get so close to the artefacts!’ (Sixth Form student)

Bookings are now being taken for schools visits up until July 2015, so contact Dr. Liz Sawyer to make a reservation for your class’s visit. Groups are limited to a maximum of twelve students per visit, from age 11 up. We especially encourage schools that do not have a Classics department to visit us, and welcome enquiries also from teachers of English, History, Art, and Drama.