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Artists take center stage in language class

Published: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
Bureau Valley High School students learned about Spanish-speaking artists and created works in their style. The students, holding their masterpieces, are (from left) Glenda Valle, Janelle Norden, Yulian Osorio, Lacey DeVenney, Nellie Benavidez, Samantha Haney, Kate DeBrock, Sabrina Johnson, and Michelle Vainowski. Photo submitted by Heather Foster.

MANLIUS – Students in Tina Eller’s Spanish 4 at Bureau Valley High School studied Spanish-speaking artists during a 3-week unit in January and February.

The students learned about artists such as Diego Rivera and Rufino Tamayo of Mexico, Francisco de Goya of Spain, and José Campeche of Puerto Rico. They selected one to write about in Spanish. Those compositions included the artist’s birth and death, where they studied art, what style they were known for, and their most important works.

The next step was to make a visual presentation and answer questions about it in Spanish.

In another part of the unit, the students pretended to be their artist and answered questions in an interview style.. 

The final project session was to replicate one of their artist’s works. The students had the choice to paint in watercolors, acrylics or pastels, sketch with pencil, take a photograph, or sculpt with clay. Art teacher Sheila Heth provided hints.

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