On Wednesday 4th October, 6.1s from Radley and Oxford High met for a joint study day. The day offers the students to choose from a wide range of electives covering everything from Art, Literature, Language and Culture to Science and Engineering. The result was a thoroughly stimlating and enjoyable day.
The Cyanotype Workshop allowed the students to explore this photographic process, linking art and chemistry, to create images on both a large scale. It took place outside in the Clock Tower courtyard, and also more
intricate work in the dark room. Having exposed the images and objects to UV light, the students enjoyed watching their work develop before their eyes and were all delighted with the wonderful outcomes. The study day also offered a stimulating pottery session. During the morning, the students threw pots on the wheel using a heavily grogged Raku clay which was followed by glazing the work and firing it in a small Raku kiln during the afternoon. Removing the pots at 1,000 degrees and smothering them in sawdust before submerging them in water allowed the students to create a dramatic reduced glaze affect. Raku combines the element of earth, fire and water through a dramatic process. The process is unusually quick and the results are quite beautiful.
Milo Brett, 6.1, C Social, wrote:
This event, led and organized by Mr Mosedale, was a very different yet intriguing day to the normal days of most 6.1 Radleians. With various different activities, ranging from studying of the scientology cult to French Cuisine, the day turned out to be a great success. Having myself sat in on the Arabic Studies course with nine other Radleians and Oxford High girls, I certainly found the day to be fascinatingly enriched with a whole different culture.
I was particularly interested with the side of Arabic and Islam which isn’t very much talked about: peace and culture. The day was spent learning parts of the language, basic phrases in conversation such as hello “alhan”/my name is “ismi” and much about the Arabic way life and history, such as the golden age of Arabic cinema and watching some classic Arabic cinema such as ‘Caramel’.
The day was a real eye opener into the Middle Eastern language and life and I am sure that it was a similarly enjoyable day for all the 6.1s and Oxford High girls.