Valley Stream Students Explore World Art Show

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On December 8 and 9, world language students from Valley Stream’s Central High School and Memorial Junior High School attended the annual World Language Arts Exhibit held in Central’s library. Every year, this event features replicas of famous pieces that originated in the Caribbean, France, Italy, Latin America and Spain in addition to artwork from deaf artists.

Students toured the gallery-style show and gathered information about pieces dating as far back as the Middle Ages. Those in the American Sign Language program wore earplugs in order to explore the exhibit as deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals would.

Central’s LOTE Department Chairperson Dan Saitta and Library Media Specialist Lisa Dichiara, in collaboration with the entire World Language Department, arranged for this showcase of masterpieces created by famous names such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Pablo Picasso, Carlos Merida, Edouard Manet, Henri Matisse and many others.

Students were asked to identify and describe their four favorite pieces and incorporated the knowledge they have obtained in their language classes through speaking and writing tasks. The overall experience served as the culminating event of an instructional unit on art.