DECCA at the Language School of Telde celebrated International Museum Day on 17th May at the CAAM visiting the exhibition called Lucy’s Iris, in which 25 African women artists display their works. A fascinating experience.
Discussion, VTS and emotions under the watchful eye of Dinkenesh!
Lucy’s Iris is an exhibition of the work of 25 contemporary African women artists living in the continent of Africa, on its islands and amid the diaspora.
The exhibition title is a metaphor alluding to the systems that impose colonial thought, and the need to overcome these systems and reinstate a viewpoint that should never have been removed. This is the reason for the reference to Lucy, the female hominid considered for many years to be the grandmother of humanity.
On 10th and 11th May 2017, Students from “Developing English Communicative Course through Art” visited the CAAM with their teacher Norberto Ojeda and thoughout a two-hour workshop, they could experience what it is meant to be a woman in Africa though the eyes of these modern African artists. The workshop objective was to practice students’ linguistic competence usisng modern art installations. Something we do not usually see everyday.
The exhibition Lucy’s Iris was curated by Ortado Brito, CAAM Museum Director.
Two Intermediate 2 groups and one Basic 2 group from EOI Las Palmas de Gran Canaria gathered last Thursday to visit Néstor Museum. They had previously prepared the visit in class and the result was amazing.
The teachers, Rosario Rosales and Eugenia González, chose Poema de la Tierra, Poema del Atlántico, Epitalamio, La Hermana de las Rosas and Adagio and planned a gallery walk. The idea was to have the students prepare short oral presentations about the selected paintings in class. Accordingly, the students worked in small groups to learn about Néstor and prepare a description of the painting they were assigned. Once inside the museum they became guides. They stood next to their assigned paintings and explained them to other students who played the role of tourists in the museum.
For the teachers it was a highly rewarding experience. They felt overly proud of their students’ commitment. The students appreciated the chance to practice their English. Here are some of their comments: “I feel that I want to know more about Néstor and his work. I want more activities like that.” “We had the opportunity to talk to people that are in the same or different levels.” “The director of the museum was so nice and his explanation so interesting!”