French students visit Cincinnati Art Museum

On Tuesday, March 27, 20 students from French II, III, and IV classes experienced the paintings and prints from artists Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso at the  Cincinnati Art Museum.

The French students are studying Impressionalist paintings, so French teacher Mrs. Julie Dill thought it was appropriate to visit the museum’s Monet in Giverny: Landscapes of Reflection exhibit.

Monet lived in Giverny, a region of France, for 43 years where he painted some of his most famous works of art, such as Water Lilies and Japanese Footbridge. The inspiration for these paintings came from his gardens in Giverny. The students learned about the different techniques Monet used to paint, such as his use of a pallet knife and different brush strokes.

The students also toured the gallery of Pablo Picasso, a Spanish artist who spent time in France. They learned about his etching techniques and viewed the modern portraits of  the women in his life.

“It was fun learning about the inspiration for all these famous works of art, because I had seen them before, but never really understood the meaning behind them,” sophomore French III student Jenna Zicka said.

Dill got the idea for the trip from reading the Cincinnati Enquirer.

“I saw that Monet was coming to the Art Museum, and I thought it would be a great experience for my students to see his artwork. It was a great opportunity because we had been learning about Impressionalist painters in class,” Dill said.

Dill is planning on having the students paint their own impressionist paintings for class.

“I was way more interested than I thought I would be,” said junior French III student John Conard, “I liked how the tour guide would have us view the Monets from different angles to show us the techniques used to paint them.”

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