By Mansi Singh
All around the classroom, there is silence. Everyone is bent over their desks, drawing or painting strange abstract people. Mrs. Catherine Gahl’s Spanish Culture class is working on making an abstract painting, which also uses cubism.
“My favorite part about Spanish Culture is how we learn about the background of countries all over the world, yet they all share the same trait, the Spanish culture,” Rebecca Wertz, seventh Grade, said.
Gahl’s Spanish culture class is studying famous artists and their types of paintings. Although most students used colored pencils, except for a for a few, all of the students enjoyed “painting” their portraits.
Some styles of paintings were realism, surrealism, mystical realism, baroque, cubism, abstract, and rococo.
“I like it because it helps me know what art is in different countries,” Daniel Tanner, seventh Grade, said. One student, Wertz, particularly enjoyed the art unit.
“I like it because it shows me the world in the perspective of an artist, whose paintings preserve what they see through their life, yet they use their own colors, designs, and shapes to describe it.” Wertz, Seventh Grade, said.
“I think they like to step outside and do something different,” Gahl said.
“They have been working on PowerPoints as partners, and now they get to work as individuals,” Gahl said.
Gahl said that studying art helps the students understand the Spanish culture further because it helps the students appreciate diversity in art.
All of the students in Spanish Culture, as well as Gahl, enjoyed the art unit, but there’s plenty more to come.
All stories, photos and video footage by the seventh and eighth grade newspaper students.