Art Institute of Chicago Field Trip!

For the third year in a row, I have been given the opportunity to bring my 8th grade class to the Art Institute of Chicago.  It's a little daunting bringing 140 8th grade students downtown, but with the support of some great parents, teachers, staff & of course some great kids, this year was another success!

We started with a pizza lunch in Millennium Park.  I was a little worried about the coordination of our arrival and the pizza delivery, but it was perfect!  I had lots of helpers to carry the cases of water, chips and fruit snacks from the bus and another team of students who hauled the pizzas from delivery driver over to Cloud Gate aka "The Bean" where we ate our lunch in the park.

What a beautiful day!

After enjoying the beautiful weather and filling our bellies, it was time to proceed to the Art Institute.  Each group of 10 students is given a folder with a tour personalized by yours truly that guides the group through the Modern Wing, American Modern Art, Impressionism, Art of the Americas, Arms & Armor & the Thorne Rooms.  Each tour is adjusted so no more than two groups are in the same section of the museum at any one time!  Throughout the tour students are researching answers for their scavenger hunt.  Questions range in topic from information about the art, artist, time period, genre, emotions evoked by the work, viewer perception, why the art was created and even sketching a favorite art piece!

The prize:  Each member of the winning group received their own sketchbook!  It was a 3-way tie that went to a vote by Hester teachers.  I wish I could afford to give each student their own sketchbook, but I guess paying the mortgage is important too.  In hindsight, I wish I took a group photo, but much to my delight, I have watched the students carrying their new sketchbooks around school, making drawings and journaling - I couldn't be prouder!

A favorite art piece this year was Jesus Rafael Soto's, “Penetrable de Chicago” that viewers are invited to walk through and experience!  Here's some pictures from the day: 



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