Avalon Second Grade Starts Art Program

Art instructor Donna Burke enthusiastically calls on a student in class during a lesson about artist Van Gogh on November 2, 2012, at The Avalon School in Gaithersburg, Md.

Avalon’s second grade started an art appreciation program last Friday to introduce them to past artists and their work.

Donna Burke, a part-time teacher and mother of Avalon eighth grader Stas, will head the course and brings an abundance of knowledge and experience.

“[We want to] build their cultural literacy so that later when they hear somebody mention an artist… they’ll have in their mind a picture of what art they did,” said second grade homeroom teacher Istvan Teleki.

Español: Autorretratos, pinturas al óleo

Español: Autorretratos, pinturas al óleo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Friday’s first class, Burke covered the famous artist Van Gogh.  The second graders enthusiastically learned about all different types of paintings painted by the 19th century painter from the Netherlands.

Burke shared with the class famous Van Gogh illustrations such as self portraits, Starry Night, Starry Night over the Rhone, and a painting of his apartment in Paris.

While reviewing Starry Night, one student shouted, “I’ve seen this in a show… SpongeBob!”

At the end of the class students created a little bookmark as keep sakes to take home from the day.  Future classes may end with a game instead of a craft project.

The class will cover many other artists such as Albert Petersen, Monet, Mary Cassatt, and Rembrandt.

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