Samantha Star is a teacher from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She holds a BEd with Distinction, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Teaching English Second Language and a Certificate in Experiential Education. Samantha is fluently bilingual in English and French while also studying Italian. She is currently completing her MEd at McGill University. Samantha understands that learning needs to be student-centered and teachers need to be flexible in order to bring out the best in her students.
A museum isn’t only about the works of art hanging on the walls. The Louvre holds a rich history including fact, fiction and conspiracy theories aplenty. We will explore the Louvre inside and out, looking deeply at the artistic and cultural history of well-known pieces on display.
This class is recommended for learners aged 7-12. We meet twice a week for 4 weeks, roaming the Louvre’s halls and galleries through online field trips. Learners will be asked to research one piece of art not discussed in class. They will present its history and explain its importance while using key vocabulary from the relevant artistic movements.
Sample Course Outline
This class has 8 meetings where each meeting focuses on a different aspect of the Louvre. A sample outline is provided:
- History of the Louvre (where it is located in the city, architecture, Louvre pyramid). Introductions in both French and English.
- Conspiracy theories surrounding the Louvre
- The Mona Lisa: fact, fiction, and folklore. Peeling away the layers.
- Venus de Milo: fact, fiction, and folklore
- Liberty Leading the People: the history of the July Revolution
- The Coronation of Napoleon: What do we know about the “little general”
- Portrait of Louis XIV – a closer look at the Sun King
- Conclusion, the future of the museum, final presentations
Exploring the Louvre is offered Summer 2019.