Our 4th grade students were treated to a trip to the Art Museum- all expenses paid! Docents in the museum guided each group from artwork to artwork, touring the Black History show. They looked specifically at artworks by African American artists and/or pieces about Black History.
After viewing the above marble sculpture by female African American sculptor Edmonia Lewis, Dr. Billingslea’s students noticed a bust of Abraham Lincoln (It was not actually part of the show) and named his famous Emancipation Proclamation. In Columbus from 1865-67 by Edmonia Lewis, a Native person kneels at the feet of Columbus. To act out the metaphor of how natives were treated by Columbus, our docent had two students get into this pose to see how it feels to be “above” and “below”. Edmonia Lewis herself was part African- American and part Native-American.
Mr. Pettway’s 4th grade class agreed that overall this was the students’ favorite arwork. Students saw themselves broken apart as if seeing themselves in a kaleidascope.
In a recent press release from the High Museum, they said the artist was trying something new. “…Now fragmented by a repeating triangular pattern, the surface of the dish distorts its viewer in a multiplicity of fragmented images, reflecting Kapoor’s interest in fractals.”
The students below saw a metallic artwork that looked torn and ragged with a picture of a buffalo discernible through punched out holes. Buffalo were the main food and shelter source for many native people and they are an endangered species that used to own America’s praries; their absence is significant. Deborah Butterworth’s giant metal horse is behind the kids in the picture.
They were very distracted. One student learned that it is not allowed to touch the artwork in the museum.
The group below is looking up, viewing the beautiful architecture that is the building of the High Museum. Renzo Piano designed it using basic shapes like triangles, rectangles, and large basic shaped open areas of light. Everyone was impressed, but personally I wish he had installed an escalator, because the curling ramp he designed makes me and anyone else who is afraid of heights a little bit dizzy.
Once again thank you to our teachers and parents who went along and made the trip so much fun! Thank you to the wonderful students who experienced art together. I hope something of this experience stays with you!