Dec 30, 2019 | Metz, France
From Opera to French Cuisine – The Leonardo Program at Georgia Tech-Lorraine
With Professor Sonia Serafin’s Leonardo Program, students on the Lorraine campus dive into the culture and history of the Grand Est region by exploring its heritage, culture, and architecture. The program emphasizes the strong connections between science and art and encourages students to take a closer look at how creativity and artistic expression can be incorporated into their chosen field of study.
Leonardo Program participants visit the Centre Pompidou-Metz, the sister venue of the world-famous Centre Pompidou in Paris, as well as the Metz Museum (Musée de la Cour d’Or),retracing the rich past of Metz from its Gallo-Roman treasures and Medieval grotesque painted ceilings, to the Fine Arts collection. Both museum visits are free of charge for Georgia Tech-Lorraine students.
At the free weekly drawing class students can try their hand at drawing and painting, guided by Wayne Sleeth a professional artist from England. In addition to being a relaxing break from studying, added benefits to drawing include honing skills in perspective, design, and planning - essential skills for all Georgia Tech students.
To experience performing arts in France, students can attend a ballet or opera performance at the Metz Opera house and sit in on rehearsals with the Metz National Orchestra musicians. Students are even invited to a ‘Very French Lunch’ at a French culinary school, where professor Serafin gives instruction in French table manners before students sit down to enjoy a delectable meal. The food and presentation of the dishes prove cooking to be its own art form.
All of these experiences help students develop a visual vocabulary and explore creative processes.
Undergraduate and graduate students branch out and meet during “Le Grand Mix” (The Big Mix), one of professor Serafin’s most popular events. Set up like a speed-meeting/speed networking session, students move from table to table, having short discussions with a new person every 5 minutes. At the end, everyone enjoys refreshments and free-flowing conversations.
The Leonardo Program exposes students to French and European culture and helps them learn how art and creativity can contribute to their understanding and appreciation of the world.
For more information on the Leonardo Program at Georgia Tech-Lorraine, visit the Metz Campus page on our website.