World language teachers Mrs. LaGumina and Ms. Perry teamed up with Art Dept Chair Ms. Quartaro to give Italian 3 and Spanish 3 classes an extraordinary opportunity to dive deeply into European Renaissance art over the course of several days in November 2018.
Ms. Quartaro shared PowerPoints about ancient Renaissance art with the Italian students, and she presented famous works by Spanish-speaking artists to the Spanish students. Throughout her presentations, Ms. Quartaro pointed out certain artistic techniques, provided biographical information, and offered cultural context.
Students learned of Artemisa Gentileschi, an Italian Baroque painter today considered one of the most accomplished artists of that period. The girls found out that one of the most famous paintings in Art History is "Las Meninas" by Diego Velazquez; it is a depiction of King Philip's family, featuring Princess Infanta Margarita Teresa and includes a depiction of Velazquez himself, painting the painting. Throughout the presentations, Mrs. LaGumina and Ms. Perry asked the students questions in the foreign language.
Then, each group went on a Google Expedition. Students looked through virtual reality goggles for a guided tour of either ancient architecture or sites related to the famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.
Next, students learned the vocabulary for art wheel elements in the foreign language and recreated a masterpiece in their own choice of colors while "O Sole Mio" or Spanish music played in the background. Finally, Italian students presented in Italian their research on an artist, and Spanish students wrote a paper in Spanish comparing the works "El Nino Rojo" and "Las Meninas."