Our travels began Friday afternoon when we left school to drive to New Jersey, where we stayed overnight before heading to JFK Airport in New York city.
We started exploring Paris at 6:00 am, heading to the Eiffel Tower, followed by a visit to the beautiful Saint-Chappelle, a Royal Chapel built in the 1200's and home to the Kings of France for several hundred years. Adjacent to the Chapel were prison cells where Marie Antoinette was held. Then on to the Arc de Triomphe, The Louvre and the Pompidou Center (which has a museum & a public library!) ending our day with a delicious meal at a French restaurant.
It was wonderful having Mrs. Rice, our Art Educator, with us when we visited the art museums. Here is some information from her about the Mona Lisa and Kandinsky works of art: Painted by Leonardo da Vinca, the Mona Lisa, located in The Louvre, is famous for her expression. At that time, artists were supposed to represent only the outward appearance of their subjects; Leonardo showed her soul, with her smile and eyes, that seem to follow you from wherever you stand. The artists initials, LV, are painted in tiny letters on the right eye. As you can see from the photo, it is a popular painting.
Kandinsky was a Russian abstract painter who was sensitive to color and sounds from an early age. Kindergarten students at Herman and Genesee learned about Kandinsky this fall when we went over color, shape and line. The students created their own Kandinsky tree and are currently learning how to create themselves with geometric shapes.