Art connects students across continents

 

Mrs. Tracie Euker’s fourth grade art classes have recently embarked in an international post card exchange with fourth grade students from El Gimnasio Femenino, a school complex in Bogotá, Columbia.

Earlier this year, Mrs. Tracie Euker connected with El Gimnasio Femenino art teacher Patricia G. Didier through the internet. Together they designed an international post card exchange project to allow their students to experience the universal culture of art.

“We wanted our students learn about the similarities between us, despite our cultural differences,” said Mrs. Euker. “The exchange also assists the Columbian students with their English skills and teaches our students about the Columbian culture and language.”

What’s more, said Mrs. Euker, is that all of the students are experiencing the good, old fashioned thrill of giving and receiving tangible mail a practice that is sadly almost extinct in today’s digital age.

Through the exchange, American and Colombian students designed their art cards with symbolism popular to their culture and on the back wrote about themselves, their families, and hobbies and in some cases hopes and dreams.

Students say they have learned many things about their Columbian friends such as their favorite food, hobbies and cultural traditions.

Mrs. Euker and Mrs. Didier hope the students learn valuable life lessons from the exchange and continue to keep in touch wither their new international pen pals through the universal language of art.