As promised, our classroom partners in China rewarded us with a visual feast of insights into their culture. As mentioned in an earlier post, I worked with Mrs. G’s second grade class to conduct an art exchange, to demonstrate how art can communicate culture. And since, most of our students are language learners, this focus on the piece of art, with all of its nuanced details, was a decidedly welcome change of pace. Not to mention far less daunting than trying to capture them all in extensive and detailed writing.
Our exchange partners are 10 years old, 2-3 years older than our 2nd graders, and needless to say, our kids were entranced by the artistic content and skills of our faraway friends.