In December Tilden 2nd and 3rd graders enjoyed a field trip to Seattle Art Museum to see Pop! Departures and City Dwellers: Contemporary India. Classroom study of cubism, surrealism, and abstract expressionism enriched their understanding of early modern art and prepared them to embrace Pop! with gusto.
We explored together, with plenty of opportunity for students to express their thoughtful insights and delights.
Back in the classroom, students wrote about what art they liked most.
“Wow, I just walked into a room that has a lot of sculpture by Margarita Cabrera. I saw a VW Bug. It had a bunch of string hanging off it. Why? To represent how sad it is that the people in Mexico don’t make that much money. I wanted to just jump in, and hotwire it and drive to the airport and go to Hawaii. I really like her art.”—Taig, third grade
“My favorite sculpture from SAM was sculpted by Alwar Balasubramaniam, and it was called Self-in-Progress. It had a wall, and on one side of the wall were legs, and on the other side was a body sitting in a chair, with no head, but a neck. It looks like part of it is consumed inside the wall. It also makes me think what else is in there? And why can’t I see the whole entire sculpture? It also makes you wonder what was he thinking when he was sculpting? I really think this was a cool idea to make this, and I can’t wait to see what he makes next!—Owen, third grade