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Sixth grade students explored several areas of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City during a recent field trip.
The group visited the American Wing with art teacher Bruce Robbins and the Greek and Roman galleries with Latin teacher Keith Kitchen during the March 28 excursion.
In the American Wing, the students were able to see paintings that relate to classroom work in which they explored landscape painting with inspiration from the Hudson River School of Art movement of the mid-to-late 1800s. A special exhibit, Thomas Cole's Journey /Atlantic Crossings, nicely coincided with their visit, according to Mr. Robbins. While viewing the exhibit of artwork by Cole — considered one of the greatest American landscape painters — the sixth graders acted as detectives as they answered questions that required them to look for various details in the paintings.
In the Greek and Roman galleries, the students used the skills they had learned in Latin class to read ancient Roman tombstones and determine whose tombstones they were, how old the person had been, and who had set up the monument for the deceased. The students were also sent on a brief scavenger hunt in which they needed to locate such items as a statue of a Roman emperor and a statue of Hercules.
Teachers Jessica Kelly, Katie Meadows, Dan Russo, Maryel Schneider and Mark Tamucci also chaperoned the trip.