Atlanta students win international French language and art competition [fr]
Students from the Lovett School in Atlanta won second place in the 2015-2016 “Dis-moi dix mots” competition, initiated by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and hosted by Institut Français and the BP Art Exchange.
This annual competition invites classes from around the world to celebrate the French language by creating pieces of artwork in response to one or more of a selection of ten French words. These words are designated by partners in various francophone countries, and highlight the diversity of the French language.
Twelve students from the Lovett School’s advanced French classes participated in the competition this year. The students were paired with Luca Damiani, artist in residence at the Tate Gallery/BP Art Exchange, as a mentor. Damiani guided the students through the process of creating electronic art, the competition’s required medium. Each student selected a word or two and spent the year working on an electronic art piece to visually represent the historical, metaphorical, and personal meanings of their words of choice. In addition to the visual aspect, the students kept journals reflecting on the creative process.
Agnes Browning, a French teacher at Lovett, described the experience as very positive and even transformative for her students. Over the course of the process, she watched her students and their artwork evolve. She cites the process of learning to take and respond to constructive criticism as a particularly important growth opportunity for her students. The multidisciplinary aspect of the competition – combining technology, language, and visual arts – allowed her students to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for the French language.
This is not the first time Lovett has participated in the competition. In 2014, nineteen students from Lovett participated, and the school won second place.