French Students Visit Exhibit At NY Botanical Gardens

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(left to right) Sally Beriont of Garwood, Mike Yallico of Elizabeth, Patrick Roselle of Hillside, Andres Aguaiza of Roselle Park, Robert Vagueiro of Hillside, Aspen Jennings of Union, Cristina Santos of Carteret, and Monica Cioppettini of Summit.

(left to right) Sally Beriont of Garwood, Mike Yallico of Elizabeth, Patrick Roselle of Hillside, Andres Aguaiza of Roselle Park, Robert Vagueiro of Hillside, Aspen Jennings of Union, Cristina Santos of Carteret, and Monica Cioppettini of Summit. (Photo courtesy of Union Catholic High School)

SCOTCH PLAINS — Union Catholic students in Madame Ciringione’s French 4H class at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains recently began a unit on La Révolution impressionniste et Claude Monet: le peintre de la lumière (Revolution Impressionist Claude Monet: The Painter of Light). Students read about and discussed Impressionism and several famous French Impressionist artists. In particular, students researched facts about Claude Monet’s life and paintings through different French websites and shared their findings on Edmodo, an online educational tool used at the school.

On Oct. 19, the students of French 4H went on a trip to the New York Botanical Gardens to see the Monet exhibition. Students embraced the beauty of the gardens. The best part of the exhibit was the reproduction of the green bridge that arches over the lily pond at Giverny. Monet’s wooded pallet was also a great attraction for the students.

Back in the classroom, students have completed the research and painting portions of their own chosen Monet replica on canvas. Students will be writing en français bien sûr (in French, of course) about their painting next.


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