Literature and Art: So Happy Together

Pictured left to right: Robert Hernandez, Hannah Foust, Emmerson Leach, Abigael Shea, Brooke Andre, Thomas Gingras, Lori Gingras, Henry Gingras, Melissa Cheeseman

Literature and Art: So Happy Together 

GAHS Advanced Placement English and other students went to the Colby Museum of Art on a Saturday morning recently to look at abstract art paintings as part of their study of Truman Capote’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated nonfiction novel, In Cold Blood. As part of the unit, teachers Melissa Cheeseman, Mike Coco, and Lori Gingras ask students to interpret a scene from the book through a work of abstract art, as students attempt to understand what seems like incomprehensible human behavior.  Robert Hernandez, an artist and former GAHS educational technician, led the group through the exhibit, explaining artists’ styles and techniques. Senior Emmerson Leach remarked, “It was lovely to look at the art from multiple perspectives, and I was able to spend time with my classmates and teachers in a different way over art and a hot beverage.”