TOLEDO—Twenty-six juniors and seniors from the International Baccalaureate (IB) English classes at Toledo Central Catholic High School visited the Toledo Museum of Art Feb. 23 to unveil poems and prose that are part of the Visitor Voices program.
The students’ writings that were chosen to be included in Visitor Voices: Creative Connections are to be displayed on labels in the museum’s galleries, next to the works of art that inspired them, through April 11.
In their projects, the students explore what they have seen and the impressions they gathered, connecting their own creative expressions to particular works of art. Central Catholic has been participating in this program for six years.
This year’s theme is “Fantastic Flora and Fauna,” exploring artwork that depicts plants and animals, especially predators and monsters. Students were asked to think about how artists from different cultural backgrounds and time periods from all over the world contribute their unique visual representations of this subject matter.
According to Central Catholic English teacher Adele Dahlin, this educational program provides a perfect opportunity for the students to put into practice some of the concepts they study in their IB English class. They have been discussing and practicing analytical and creative writing and the marriage of visual and verbal art.
These students have been given an opportunity to share their points of view with all museum visitors, encouraging them to see things in different ways and perhaps inspiring their own thoughts and reflections.
The following Central Catholic students participated in the Visitor Voices program:
Apai Aursoontorn, Cierra Awls, Danielle Barnes, Joseph Beutel, Kevin Beyersdorf, Alisa Boyle, Kaitlyn Cedoz, Karyn Cedoz, Christopher Drees, Morgan Gaudet, Cameron Glover, Jean Hampton, Amanda Jerzykowski, Connor Langenderfer, Robert McCarthy, Derrick Mitchell, Jason Mossing, Piran Parivar, Andrea Piening, Bernadette Reamer, Brian Sherman, Zachary Sullivan, Gabrielle Vasquez, Marlee Warchol, Conor Wilkinson and Timothy Woodson.