NAVARRE - Friday, August 9 is a day that will be remembered for a long time by the senior students at Navarre Primary School.
It was a first for most, a visit to the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.
After learning about the Impressionists during art lessons, principal and classroom teacher, Sue Slater decided that the students were so interested in the Impressionists and their dedication to capturing the light, that a trip to the gallery to see the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces - Monet's Garden exhibition, would be a natural next step in the learning process.
Following an early start, and a car, train and tram ride, the students arrived at the impressive entrance to the gallery. One student remarked "I knew we were somewhere special, when I saw the mouse hole shaped entrance and water wall?"
Next stop was the lesson. Provided by the education officer in a beautiful lecture theatre, the students received some lovely feedback regarding the depth of their knowledge and went on to learn lots more about this inspirational man - Claude Monet.
Then it was time to view the wonderful exhibition. The students were in awe as they moved from piece to piece admiring Monet's masterpieces.
Remarks such as "I can understand why Monet's work was not liked by some people, as they did not understand what he was trying to do, to capture the light."
"When you stand close to Monet's work it just looks like splodges, but when you stand back it just glows."
These comments were made by the students as they walked through the impressive exhibition. The students made connections to the lessons they had learnt in the classroom and made comments throughout the day, that showed great insight.
"For me, it was one of my most rewarding days as a teacher," Sue Slater said.
"Comments and engagement such as we have seen here today, are what teaching is all about, fostering a love of learning."
On return to school, the students have worked on developing their own masterpieces inspired by Monet.
These pieces will be on show at the school's Art Show to be held on Monday, September 2 at Navarre Primary School. The show will commence at 6pm with a fundraising auction being held at 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome to dress up and join us for a wonderful night of learning and fun.