Dunhurst students sketch Sam Banks Pavilion

Group 3 pupils drew studies from observation of the Sam Banks Memorial pavilion, while in its early stages of construction. The exercise fitted well into their current project of Landscapes and Townscapes.  Inspired by the architectural pen and ink drawings of David Gentleman’s work, which they had seen earlier in the Bedales Gallery, they went on to develop their own drawings using similar line and ink wash techniques.

They enjoyed tackling the challenge of making the oak posts appear 3D and observing the perspective of the pavilion’s form and shape. Watching builders John Russell and Gabriel Langlands gradually transforming the structure as they drew,  made the experience even more enriching.

Group Ones who also witnessed the making of the timber frame, were able to  see the link between this activity and their work on William Morris and the Art and Crafts Movement and its continuing influence on the school.

View sketches.

Sketch of Sam Banks Pavilion


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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