Art in Nature/Nature in Art: Students' Collages and Italian Culture

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Thursday, May 31, 2018
Lyman Plant House

On exhibit are the final projects for Green Italian (ITL 235), an intermediate Italian conversation course taught by Bruno Grazioli and held at the Lyman Plant House. Through this class supported by the Botanic Garden’s Curricular Enhancement program, students acquire Italian vocabulary on botany and to use these terms actively during class to describe plants, flowers, and the landscape. Other aims of the course are to help build students’ sense of the rich Italian biodiversity.

Students are creating original tableaus highlighting their personal idea of Italian culture. Made using only natural media (wood, leaves, stones etc.) that can easily be found on Smith campus, students’ collages represent what Italian culture means to them, and, in a way, sums up what they have come to know and appreciate about Italy after spending almost 4 semesters studying the language.

Students are presenting and explaining their creations at the last class meeting of the semester on April 27 at 9:00 am, Lyman Plant House. Presentations will be in Italian.