As part of their Spanish studies, on Thursday the Middle School students enjoyed a field trip that took them into New York City. First they saw a Latin American performance at the Symphony Space on the Upper West Side that incorporated the music, dance and storytelling of Cuba, Brazil, Puerto Rico and Mexico. WFM student volunteers got up on stage to dance, chant and practice Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art form. In the afternoon, the students and their teachers headed further uptown to the Hispanic Society, a museum that showcases the art and cultures of Spain, Portugal and Latin America. The students participated in a guided tour through the museum that was conducted, in part, in Spanish. On the way back to school, the students noticed a local mural project that covered the walls of buildings across from the Hispanic Society. The Audubon Mural Project is a collaboration between the Audubon Society and local artists to create murals highlighting endangered bird species throughout John Audubon’s Manhattan neighborhood.
This trip culminates a unit about Spanish art and literature and provides students with rich visual inspiration for their upcoming final project. For this project, students will create their own work of art, drawing from artistic elements such as magical realism, cubism and surrealism. In the coming weeks they will present their work to their peers and respond to questions, all in Spanish.