“COVID-19 and remote teaching have given us unusual opportunities to look beyond the confines of our classrooms and local community to visit places and see things that we would never be able to consider and experience,” says Shelly Ann Morris, San Fernando Valley Academy’s
Vice Principal and grade 3-4 teacher. Towards the end of their school year, her students had the opportunity to study Vincent Van Gogh in a History/Art lesson. They viewed online videos, discussed his life and troubles, and took a virtual tour of his museum in Amsterdam.
Their assignment was to recreate one of his paintings that spoke to them. “A few students were concerned about their own artistic abilities, but I assured them that others considered Van Gogh was talentless,” Morris said. “Unsurprisingly, they recreated some beautiful art pieces that I think are extremely special.”
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