Exploring the origin of italian literature through art

October: the second topic of the project is about art.

Being a vocational school, we don't do art as a regular subject so we decided to start a course connected to literature.

Since we are studying the origin of italian literature, we focused our attention on St. Francis of Assisi and, particularly, on the paintings that Giotto dedicated to the saint's life.

The students are from the 3rd grade; the main subject they're studying is mechanics so they are not so keen on art! But they put quite a lot of effort into this project and some of them succeded surprisingly well!



  • Visual thinking

    First of all, in classrom, students watched a PP presentation about Italian religious literature in 1200, focused mainly on the character of St. Francis. They were asked to look carefully at the paintings showed on the file.

    Then, using the flipped classrom method, at home students had to work on schoology.com and read the assignment: (https://app.schoology.com/assignment/789836561/info).

  • Assignment

    "Look carefully at these paintings and try to gather all the information.

    Then go on the discussions section and leave a comment about what you saw and what you learned. E.g.: if you liked it or not (if not, why), comment about the style, the colour or whatever got your attention. Say if you've ever heard about this painters before. Also, say what you understood about St. Francis (you can mention his life, what he did or what he wrote)."

  • In the lab

    The next few lessons took place in the computer lab. First, student took a test about what the information they gathered from the paintings (https://app.schoology.com/assignment/790146933/assessment_questions).

    Then, they watched a video about a virtual visit in the church of St. Francis in Assisi (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_JFZqMFlws).

Their artistic path

Finally, they were splitting into five groups, using the collaborative work learning.

They now had to find other paintings of St. Francis done by Giotto. Then, using thinklink.com, they had to put information about Giotto and his paintings or about Francis’s life. Once the work is done, they posted their info-pictures on schoology.

One of the groups showing their painting to the class

In the last part of the project, every group had to show their work to the class.

The final "product"

As the end of the month was approaching we were all a bit sad because we enjoyed the process a lot and we didn't want it to finish 😥.

Anyway, after all the groups had showed their work to the class, the students were asked to create a "blog" page, to register what they have done, reporting emotions, thoughts and comments about the project. So, the page filling was completely up to them!

Now please have a look at the ART activity blog  - we hope you all enjoyed the way we developed the topic. And if you want to leave a comment, feel free to sign the Guestbook !

NEOCLASSICISM: a storytelling

November 2017: a new project!

This year our class, 4C M.A.T., is very happy to have the chance to be part again of the international knowledge fair.

The topic we have to work with is classical culture and we chose to focus on Neoclassicism, since it's part of our literature programme.

 STEP ONE: First of all, after discussing a map about Neoclassicism, we had to research about it and its multiple meanings in art, literature and architecture.



STEP TWO: Once we had made our ideas clear, we started the "real work": the aim was to create a storytelling about Neoclassicism using different tools, choosing among Prezi, Canva, Powerpoint, Storify, Thinglink or whatever we could find surfing the net. We worked in pairs and decided to focus on whichever neoclassical aspect we liked most.



STEP THREE: the productions were uploaded on the Neoclassicism folder we have on Schoology (https://app.schoology.com/course/1260375270/materials?f=103596715)