How a young Jewish girl inspired the art of students at Robert E. Lee Elementary

Music teacher Natalie Herbert plays classical music from her phone to help explain the artwork her students made.
Music teacher Natalie Hebert plays classical music from her phone to help explain the artwork her students made.

Fifth grade students at Robert E. Lee Elementary have added a new component to their music and history lessons.

As part of the school’s road to a full I.B. program, the students have created art that reflects the music discussed in the novel, The Children of Willesden Lane, Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love and Survival. The book follows the historic events around author Mona Golabek‘s mother as a Jewish child in Nazi-controlled Austria.

On Tuesday, the students’ art was showcased in an exhibit titled, The Art and Music of Willesden Lane. From pictures of bubbles to cut-out piano keys, each art piece was accompanied by music referenced in the book and, according to art teacher Natalie Hebert, it’s helping them combine different aspects of learning in one setting.

What makes this whole experience even more special is that the fifth graders will be attending a piano performance by Golabek when she returns to Dallas.

 


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