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School’s study of ancient Greece culminates in exhibit

February 13th, 2013 9:20 pm by Madison Mathews

School’s study of ancient Greece culminates in exhibit

On Wednesday, the streets of ancient Greece were brought back to life at Providence Academy.
Everything from the agora and the Parthenon to students dressed up as philosophers Socrates, Plato and Aristotle were on display in the school’s cafeteria.
Even the Minotaur was added to the mix.
It was all part of Providence Academy’s “It’s All Greek to Me” art exhibit, which was the culmination of a unit focusing on ancient Greece.
Artwork by elementary students was on display next to stations manned by sixth-graders that featured each student giving brief lessons to exhibit-goers about what life was like during ancient Greek times.
After spending the last several months learning about Greek history, art and culture, getting a chance to bring it all to life was a great way to end their ancient Greek studies.
“It’s just, like, really amazing, because the kids get to see everything that they’ve learned in class come to life. I thought that was really cool,” sixth-grader Alyson Culbertson said.
Culbertson was dressed as Greek goddess Hera, alongside fellow students Ben Jones, who was portraying Poseidon, and Christian Chumbley, who was portraying Zeus.
For them, the best part of being involved in the living exhibit was getting to see the reaction from younger students.
“It’s pretty fun to see the younger kids, their faces whenever they’re happy. It’s pretty tiring, but it’s fun,” Jones said.
Providence Academy has been hosting interactive exhibits for about 15 years. Each year focuses on a different era and art style.
“It’s our winter celebration of what we’ve learned in art history, art appreciation and art technique,” elementary art teacher Melody Shannon said.
Planning for each exhibit begins in September, and after about two days of set-up, the school’s cafeteria is transformed into whatever era the students have studying.
The exhibits have grown in popularity with younger students, making it the ultimate learning and teaching tool, Shannon said.
“We combine it all so they have a complete learning experience. By them doing this, they become the teachers,” she said. “For the little ones seeing this, they take it with them and it becomes real to them. It’s not in a book.”
“It’s All Greek to Me” will be open to the public today until 2 p.m. Providence Academy is located at 2788 Carroll Creek Road.
For more information, call 854-9819.

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