The slogan of the teacher of plastic arts was broad: “Make a work with what you have in your house.” It was received by all 35 sixth-year students from the General Espejo School, in the town of Luján de Cuyo, in Mendoza.
In Agrelo slum, quarantined tasks arrive by message: there is no Internet connection to continue education through the virtual classroom. “The first days communication with parents was complicated because not everyone has data on their phones, so you had to be patient and get creative,” Claudia Arabena explained to Infobae, the plastic arts teacher in charge of directing the classes.
Luciano, 11, is one of the many students who responsibly follows his teacher’s instructions. He does it with effort and dedication. He wants to study.
“You have to make a work of art,” he said to himself. But in his humble home there are no colored cardstock, no markers, no glue to paste, no magazines to cut out, watercolors, or glitter. With the help of his younger brother, who was only four years old, he went out to the patio of his house. What materials could I use to do the homework? In front of his eyes was sand, mud, bricks, some loose twigs. That was going to use! With all his imagination he got to work and gave life to a huge dinosaur. He used earth, mixed with water to delimit the body of the animal, some sticks to replace the claws and teeth, the color was present from the hand of the brick dust that served for the spines on the back.
The final touch, the signature. With the remaining sticks he wrote his capital name: “Tano”.
Her parents took a photo and sent it to the teacher. “I send homework every fifteen days, and then I return each job. When I saw the image I was Shocked, it is a work that represents ephemeral art very well. I shared it with my colleagues, and the feeling was the same. “
Due to the context of the health crisis, Luciano moved with his two brothers and parents to his maternal grandmother’s house. “It gives me great satisfaction to know what he did even far from home. I want to rescue the work of the boys, who despite the environment, want to continue. That values his work much more“She said moved.
Arabena highlighted the family’s commitment in a pandemic context, without digital resources, so that their children continue studying. “In the area we have a very large villa and it has been difficult for them. The mothers put a lot of effort on them: they accompany, they load credit on the phones to send homework. Seeing the results makes me very happy“He explained.
Students receive activities to entertain, stimulate and reinforce their duty with training.
The Espejo de Agrelo General School is more than 100 years old, and maintains a strong link with the low-income community. “There are more than 500 students. We are no longer able to supply, but we continue fighting to be able to educate ”, acknowledges the teacher. One of the educational projects they carry out is linked to water care, a very important topic for all Mendoza. An initiative with social and environmental impact.
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