Students in Ms. Karsh’s Advanced Art class recently visited two art museums on Tuesday March 22 to learn more about art style and the analysis of art. They left Stacey campus at 8:20 and arrived at the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) about an hour later, where they were split into two groups.
The first group watched a twenty-minute video about Icheon ceramics, traditional Korean pottery created by masters of their craft. It described the process of molding the pot, decorating it, and firing it in a kiln.
After the video, the same group visited the ceramics studio with their tour guide Andrea, where they encountered the early stages of ceramic vases and bowls that were pre-glazed or coated. The tour continued into the studio artist’s gallery, a private room that showcased finished pieces by artists at AMOCA. Students had a chance to take photos (but no touching!) while Andrea explained the history of various pieces and artists at AMOCA.
Meanwhile, the other group was led by Judy to the main exhibition called Lineage: Mentorship and Learning. This exhibition, available until June nineteenth, highlighted the relationship between teachers, mentors, and students. Lineage showcased the similarities and differences of pieces completed by each tier and how teacher and student influenced each other’s styles.
Judy elaborated on how some pieces were created and what they represented. For example, one artist molded over twenty small cups and imprinted anonymous secrets given to him on each one. Each student was given a clipboard and worksheet to learn about the different pieces that helped them recognize the parallels between them.
The two groups switched places, and soon it was time to board the bus again and drive to their next destination: the Millard Sheets Art Center. There was a break for lunch in the outdoor seating area next to the museum, and then Ms. Karsh introduced the students to Lugene Whitley, the curator of the museum. Whitley first led the group to a wall where high school students drew illustrations that answered the phrase “Life is…”
Currently, the exhibition at Millard Sheets was the fifth annual high school art reach exhibition, themed The Art of Metaphor. High school students from the surrounding region submitted pieces of metaphorical art, and different groups were given awards. Whitley had the responsibility of choosing one piece to place at the very front of the entrance, and she chose three symbolic artworks, one of which won first place in the ceramics category.
Soon after introducing the core idea of The Art of Metaphor, the art students were once again split into two groups. One group stayed with Whitley, where she toured the students around the exhibition and encouraged them to recognize the metaphors in many art pieces. Students had a chance to take endless photos of creative artwork while also learning about the deep meanings of them. There was a room entirely devoted to pieces depicting animals, and the group recognized several that illustrated the elephant in the room, lion’s heart, or the butterflies in one’s stomach.
The other group was led to an art room, where they were directed to complete the sentence “We are…” through a five by five-inch illustration. Although the canvas was small, students had difficulty finding something meaningful to draw that would be showcased on a large wall with hundreds of others from numerous visiting classes. They were provided with colored pencils, pastels, construction paper, markers, and other media to create their drawing.
As time ran out, students were reluctant to leave the wonderful artworks and their own creations, which were barely finished in time. The field trip was widely enjoyed by all and is surely one to be looked forward to by incoming Advanced Art students.