This month, Henderson International School’s Kindergarten classes became “fileteadores” to create the artwork of Argentina. Fileteado is a type of artistic drawing, with stylized lines and flowered, climbing plants, typically used in Buenos AiresArgentina. It is used to adorn all kinds of beloved objects: signs, taxis, lorries and even the old Buenos Aires buses.

 Filetes (the lines in fileteado style) are usually full of colored ornaments and symmetries completed with poetic phrases and sayings, humorous or roguish, emotional or philosophical. They have been part of the culture of the inhabitants of Buenos Aires since the beginnings of the 20th century.

 The filetes were born as simple ornaments, becoming an emblematic form of art for the city. Many of its initiators were European immigrants, who brought from Europe some elements or art that were mixed with the local tradition, creating a very typical Argentine style. The fileteado was recognized as an art form after 1970, when it was exhibited for the first time.

 The students’ artwork was a collaborative effort between our Spanish and Art teachers, Ms. Fiumara and Ms. Levy.  In Spanish this month, our Kindergartners “travelled” through Argentina learning about its people, language, climate, currency and landmarks. Cerro Aconcagua in the Andes Mountains and the Paraná River were two of the places virtually travelled by the students. From those locations, they wrote post cards to their parents telling them all about Argentina. Creating the Argentinian artwork helped make this a cross-curricular Global Awareness experience for our students.

 Standards covered in lessons:

National Core Arts Standards: Organize and develop ideas and work.  Through experimentation, build skills in various media and approaches to art-making.

Foreign Language Standard 2.1- Cultures: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.

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