Art in Focus on Field Trips
Art teacher Annie Rocha and Athletic Director and PE teacher Steve LeBoo collaborated on an experiential learning field trip for 7th and 8th grade students who did not attend the recent Model United Nations conference. The trip took place on Friday, February 24 and also included the 7th grade homeroom team, Chiquita, Levita, and Doug. The trip involved ice skating at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden and outdoor dining among sculptures such as Marc Chagall's Orphee, a 1969 stone and glass mosaic, and Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen's Typewriter Eraser, Scale X, a 1999 sculpture of a large scale typewriter eraser. After lunch, students journeyed through the National Gallery's East Building, where, among other great artists, they encountered American painters Gene Davis and Hans Hoffman. This part of the trip set up the exploration of abstract expressionism that middle school students will be studying in art this semester. Our day ended with reflection and play on the National Mall in 70-degree weather in February! Overall, the outing was a welcomed mid-winter change.
Kennedy Cameron, an 8th grader, wrote in a letter to Chiquita:
I wanted to tell you in writing how great my experience was at the National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden and East Building today! I am so glad that I was able to attend this field trip. Witnessing and experiencing the great artwork and learning about the many amazing perspectives were inspiring.
Most of all, I finally see what Annie was saying in all of our art classes -- "No one is wrong in art," "there are no mistakes" -- and her just being there to encourage me not to erase. I saw plenty of diverse artwork in different stages of finish including some with eraser marks which was really marvelous because now I know I can pursue art the WAY I WANT and not try to be like anyone else! Overall, I am glad that I attended this trip not only to work on my skating skills but to know I too can do art as well!
Thank you so very much!
Burgundy's kindergarten classes also recently visited the National Gallery of Art. Fox parent Lisa Carey shared a report from the trip:
At the Gallery, the kids learned about landscape paintings, horizon lines and listened to a book about the sky being other colors than just blue. After the lesson, which included some very thoughtful questions and comments from our bright and respectful kindergarteners, they got a chance to create their own landscapes. Some were very impressive and were worthy of their own spots on the Gallery walls!
Annual Giving is an important component to field trips like these for Burgundy students from the JK Chicks to 8th graders. Your Annual Giving dollars help pay for the round trip bus costs, the price of admission when applicable, and other aspects of these unique experiences. We need your support for Burgundy! Make an Annual Giving donation today. Thank you!