Budding architects & designers visit Olana

Danielle Salvestrini, a fourth grade teacher at Sheafe Road ES (Wappingers CSD), applied for and received an Explore Award. It helped cover the cost of  taking nearly 100 fourth graders to Olana State Historic Site.  We appreciate Danielle’s efforts, these photos, and her commentary.

Inside and out students explored Olana’s architecture and design in small groups. With help from four guides, we examined artifacts and paintings throughout the first level of Frederic Church’s home.


Learning to look at paintings in a new way, students used their hands to make “binoculars.” This technique helped us focus on the characteristics of paintings in Church’s studio. After lunch and a hike, Olana’s wonderful education coordinator, Elizabeth, introduced an architecture lesson: students enjoyed designing their own version of Olana. (Elizabeth is a wonderful asset to The Olana Partnership!) We look forward to going back next year!












Learn more about Olana

Untitled poem about the wallpaper at Olana, Hudson, NY by Charlotte Weinstein. She was a fifth grader at Mill Road IS in Red Hook in 2014 when she wrote this top-scoring poem for upper elementary grades. Daisy Dundas wrote Come to Olana in 2013 as a fifth grader at Dutchess Day School.

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