This spring the FHS Art Appreciation, Art 1 and Art 2 classes are all visiting the Allen Memorial Art Museum on the campus of Oberlin College. This free museum has a comprehensive and condensed collection of works spanning centuries and continents. For many students, this was their first visit to this art museum and several expressed that they had no idea that it was even there. Guided by the Curator of Education and OC student scholars, the students closely inspected four works of art. Classroom practice in “Visual Thinking Strategies” and critical analysis writing prepared the students for some very enlightening conversations. The students reflected that the questioning technique and in-depth analysis of the works was well worth their time because it slowed them down to consider more perspectives and interpret meaning. They also wished they had more time in the museum.
I encourage you to return to the museum with friends or family to continue the conversations that these students started.
This field trip was made possible through FHS Art Society fundraising and a grant from Ian Blewitt, FHS class of ’07.
The FHS Art students are under the guidance of Ms. Laura Tawil.