6th Grade Italian Language Students Explore Marco Polo's Travels Through Art

Valentina Rizzi in front talking to student in a classroom

On May 14th, our 6th grade Italian Language students participated in an enriching educational storytelling and workshop titled "Le Città Invisibili, in viaggio con Marco Polo" (The Invisible Cities, traveling with Marco Polo). This event marked the celebration of the 700th anniversary of Marco Polo's passing and was organized by Marina Lenza, the Director of the Italian Consulate Education Office in collaboration with Valentina Rizzi, a renowned Italian author and theater actress who proudly visited our school for the third consecutive year.

During the workshop, students had the unique opportunity to imagine and craft colorful cities inspired by the travels of Marco Polo. Guided by Valentina Rizzi, they utilized various recycled materials to create vibrant representations of their imaginative cities.

The event culminated in a collaborative effort where students combined their individual creations to assemble a collective artwork representing Venice, the city from which Marco Polo's journey began. This activity not only enhanced language learning but also fostered creativity, cultural appreciation, and teamwork among our students.

The storytelling and workshop provided a multi-faceted learning experience, allowing students to delve into the historical and cultural significance of Marco Polo's travels while expressing their creativity through art. We are grateful for the Italian Consulate Education Office and Valentina Rizzi for bringing this engaging and educational event to our school.

We look forward to continuing our collaboration and offering more enriching experiences for our students in the future.

Valentina Rizzi in front of a classroom

group of students posing with Mrs. Tinnirello, Union Ridge School Italian teacher.

Valentina Rizzi talking to studentsgroup of students posing next to their projects.

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