Seeing – Learning at the Guggenheim


To truly understand a foreign language, it helps to immerse yourself in the culture of that language. And for that reason, Walt Whitman’s world languages teacher Ms. Aileen D’Addario took her class on a trip to see a Picasso exhibit at New York City’s Guggenheim Museum.

“The curriculum for World Languages is centered around the ‘five Cs,’” said Ms. D’Addario. “One of the Cs stands for culture, which is a vital component of language study.” Originally, the trip was scheduled in December, when the museum showcased a Picasso black and white exhibit, but for various reasons it was postponed.

“The Picasso exhibit ended before we could reschedule," said Ms. D’Addario. "Luckily, the museum contains the works of many artists, including Picasso, Degas, Van Gogh, and many other famous artists from around the world in their permanent collection. Languages and art are prime examples of how to incorporate interdisciplinary connections.” The students spent the day exploring the many masterpieces housed at the Guggenheim, which afforded them a greater understanding of foreign cultures and languages.