Mr Bench's portrait is drawn by Joe (Year 6) in the style of Dürer. (You can find out more about the artist at the bottom of this page.)
Mr Bench is our Assistant Head and also teaches in Year 5. We asked him some questions to find out more about him:
What was your dream job when you were a child?
I always wanted to work helping animals, especially elephants as I think they are amazing!
What do you like to do when you're not at school?
I really enjoy running. I recently completed a half marathon and I'd really like to run a full marathon in the future. I also really enjoy visiting historical places- I'm a bit of a history geek at heart!
If you could be a character in a book, who would you be and why?
I would love to be a wizard like Gandalf or Harry Potter. I love the idea of having powers and trying to use them to do good.
If you could visit anywhere in the world for a day, where would you go and why?
So, this might not count- but I would want to go to space and observe the world from a satellite- image being able to say that you've been to space for the day!
A supremely gifted and versatile German artist of the Renaissance period, Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) was born in the Franconian city of Nuremberg, one of the strongest artistic and commercial centres in Europe during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. He was a brilliant painter, draftsman, and writer, though his first and probably greatest artistic impact was in the medium of printmaking. Dürer apprenticed with his father, who was a goldsmith, and with the local painter Michael Wolgemut, whose workshop produced woodcut illustrations for major books and publications. An admirer of his compatriot Martin Schongauer, Dürer revolutionised printmaking, elevating it to the level of an independent art form. He expanded its tonal and dramatic range, and provided the imagery with a new conceptual foundation.
The artist also cast a bold light on his own image through a number of striking self-portraits—drawn, painted, and printed. They reveal an increasingly successful and self-assured master, eager to assert his creative genius and inherent nobility, while still marked by a clear-eyed, often foreboding outlook.