Primordials in Oxford: Year Eight Graphic Novel Project

This September, our two Year Eight Latin classes at Cheney School, Apollo and Artemis, are taking part in a project to design, write and illustrate a graphic novel which imagines the primordial Greek gods in modern day Oxford. A series of lessons are being delivered to introduce different primordial gods, as well as exploring the…

Welcome

Welcome to the Iris Classics Centre’s blog! The Iris Classics Centre, hosted at Cheney School, is a vibrant community learning venue for people of all ages to attend events, workshops, lessons, and exhibitions. The Centre opened in October 2013, and a schedule of events is available on our website. The Centre is founded and run…

Minoan artefact stories

After introducing you to five Minoan artefacts in our last lesson, I set you all a homework challenge of creating a story based around one of the artefacts below: an octopus jar, a vase with a harvest scene, the famous and mysterious Phaistos disk, a sistron and a model of a snake goddess. Below are…

Introducing the Labyrinth!

We started last week’s lessons by discussing what a labyrinth was and where the idea of a labyrinth originated – the story Theseus, the Minotaur, Ariadne, and Daedalus’ dark and complicated maze. Arthur Evans had long been obsessed with finding the civilisation behind the labyrinth story; when he uncovered the remains of a vast palace…

Building Characters and Drawing Techniques

Yesterday, both classes got started on the process of starting to imagine their characters and build their story lines. For homework, I had asked everyone to choose a character (or characters) that you would like to base a graphic novel around if you were writing your own novel. I asked you to imagine what they…

Reinventing Greek Myth: Circe and Ulysses 31

In today’s lesson, we explored reinventing Greek myths through two very different adaptations. I asked you to read two pages from Madeline Miller’s novel, Circe, which tells the story of the witch Circe, who famously appears in Homer’s Odyssey. In the Odyssey, Circe is a relatively minor character. She is the daughter of the sun…

New Greek Monsters Gallery!

Thank you for all your inventive, exciting, frightening and downright disturbing Greek-style monsters! I really enjoyed them all, and hope you will enjoy exploring them too in this online gallery. As well as all these great portraits, we have some monsters who were described instead of drawn. The Hellagonatanies by Drew “are ancient creatures that…

Oceanus, Tethys and 3000 Oceanids

In this week’s lessons, we started by reading some pages from the “Understanding Comics” book by Scott McCloud, which explored some of the theories behind why comic art is so appealing. We discussed some of the ideas that you discovered, such as the concept that simplified drawings are more easy to identify with than ones with…

12 Olympians, a Titan and a Primordial Monster

In this week’s lessons, we have been continuing to explore how comics work. We looked at two comic pages at the start of each lesson, and discussed how they used the panels to show different parts of the story, as well as how the reader needs to use their own imagination to draw out the…

The Parthenon Frieze and Introducing Comics

We kicked off our second lesson with a quiz on on the vocabulary from chapter one, including a mixture of translation and word derivation questions. We then recapped the translation from chapter one of Telling Tales in Latin, and we explored what sort of story this was. The class spotted straightaway that it was a…

Unravelling the Fates

In this week’s lesson, we first looked at some clips from a film called The Adjustment Bureau. This features a group of men who appear to represent fate. They keep a close eye on everyone’s lives, and nudge people back in line if they are somehow veering away from their ‘plan’. The ancient Greeks grappled, just as…