Monday, May 11, 2015

6th Graders Head to the Art Institute and the Chicago Sympony

On Thursday, April 30th, the 6th graders of Goodrich Elementary School went to the Orchestra Hall to see the Chicago Symphony and then walked over to the Art Institute of Chicago. Our first stop was the Chciago Symphony Orchestra. Ms.Clark surprised the sixth graders with terrace seats! We sat above the orchestra and  were able to watch the audience’s reaction to the symphony.  
    The theme of the performance was  the French Revolution. The conductor taught us new French words and sayings that went along with the performance. We also learned new things, such as where elevator music originated from. We also got to silently dance along to it. The conductor interacted with the audience and kept us interested in the performance.
After the performance ended, we walked to the Art Institute. We had a quick a snack of cheez-its and then went inside. We saw the “Haystacks” paintings by Monet that we were previously studying. During the tour we talked about a lot of different civilization’s art like ancient Greece, India, and China. We learned about how some cultures always used and loved certain colors.
My group even had to talk about and explain the dresses we saw in the paintings and try to “sell” them to our tour guide.  We talked about colors, theme and the mood the paintings or sculpture were meant to portray.
    The trip was a lot of fun and we learned so many new and interesting things. It was also nice how they helped us see that what we saw tied into what we were were learning in art and music. Thanks to Mrs. Staudt and Ms. Clark for arranging such an awesome field trip!

By Arielle and Jessica
Learning about Monet's "Haystacks" paintings

Georges Seurat's "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte"

Taking a break before going into the Chicago Art Institute

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