Friday, May 22, 2015

Art Gallery Field Trip

Yesterday I led a group of students to the National Gallery of Art on an exciting and different kind of field trip. For late May, the weather surprised me as I braved the 55 degree rainy day. Armed with umbrellas, Hunter rain boots, and my new trench coat, the students and I boarded the school bus early in the morning to begin our adventure in Washington, DC.

For many of the students, this is their 3rd or 4th year with me and several already know the museum fairly well. Last year, a docent guided us through the museum, explaining works of art by Picasso and Velazquez in Spanish. As a new twist, I decided to create a scavenger hunt for students. Using a museum map and their knowledge of Spanish art and history, students located different paintings and sculptures in various galleries. After finding an item on the checklist, students quite literally "became works of art" by posing as the painting or sculpture for a picture or selfie as proof that they had visited the gallery.

national gallery of art scavenger hunt

Students enjoyed the challenge and surprised me with their creative submissions. Several students created a video to outline their discoveries while others used social media to tweet what they experienced. My daughter Natalia joined the fun, too!

One of my students' fathers works at the museum as a designer and planner for the exhibits. As a special treat, we accompanied him to his unique office space. To get to the office, we took a route through areas that are closed to the general public. What we saw represented a myriad of creativity and inspiration. Simply amazing! This painted staircase caught my eye as we ventured upstairs to the offices.

Although it rained steadily throughout the day, I stayed dry in the swing trench coat.

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The A-line swing style coat is unique, with an off center zipper. The sturdy and substantial fabric is waterproof, as proven with yesterday's downpour. I'm a size 6 and am wearing a size small, although I honestly could have probably sized down to an XS. I feel that this jacket runs a bit on the large side.

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We returned to school in time for students to board their buses for home. Students continued to share their experiences about the day on social media sites throughout the afternoon. It makes my heart sing to know that everyone enjoyed the cultural excursion.

Today it's back to books for one last day as we prepare for the last few weeks of school.

Wishing you all the best for an enjoyable holiday weekend.

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