My favorite field trip I’ve been on is the one to the National Gallery of Art with Live It Learn It on February 13, 2018. The reason why is because I was able to see my co-workers in action and I was able to meet the most wonderful children I’ve ever met. First, we started off by having them sit in a circle and talked to the kids about what they are supposed to do and what we would see during our visit . Then, every time we would go into a different exhibit, the kids would sit in a circle to talk about various paintings.
The students were learning about the elements of art focusing on geometric shapes, organic shapes, and warm and cool colors. During the visit, I was drawn to Frantisek Kupka’s painting Localization of Graphic Motifs because I found it very beautiful. I told my colleagues about the painting and they even let me teach the children about it! I talked about the types of shapes in the painting, the warm and cool colors used, and the fish I thought I saw in the center.
My favorite part of the trip was taking pictures; capturing the Live It Learn It teachers and students in action. I’ve never been on a field trip like this before, where the children were well behaved and very engaged. I know when I was their age, I wasn’t that well behaved! I have also never taught third grade students before, so it was a new experience for me. They participated the whole time and followed all the rules. Every time we went in a different area; we would all sit on the floor in a circle and share our opinions about the paintings.
I also loved the end when the kids were coloring and they wanted me to sit with them and talk to them, because it made me feel like I wasn’t just one of their teachers. They were so excited when they were talking to me, and they wanted to know more about me. I thoroughly enjoyed this field trip because the kids were great, I was able to teach, and I captured my co-workers in action.