Today’s post isn’t going to be long but I do think it is important. As we get older, it is common to forego field trips and field experiences in order to make progress with book work. That is a huge mistake. The goal of education is not to just check off the list (see last week’s Middle School Monday post) but to experience and grow and learn. Yes, finishing up curriculum is great. It makes you feel good and you can measure that growth through looking at the specific worksheets, test, and other physical work created. But, it can never compare to getting out there and seeing it first hand, whether that be the dirty work of fishing specimens out of the water to examine or studying the artwork of an artist up close.
We opt for field experiences when we can. We cannot do as much as we’d like because there are time constraints and financial constraints. But, we do what we can, when we can. And, I truly believe, the girls are richer for each experience we have. Whether it is going to an exhibit at the Mayborn on Tinker Toys and Mr. Potato Head or heading up to the Kimbell Art Museum and seeing the works of Gustave Caillebotte.
We did the later last week and it was amazing! We also were able to see works of oil on paper from Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione. Both exhibits were stunning and such a joy to visit. While in the Caillebotte exhibit, we sat down for a bit and allowed the girls to study his work, sketching a bit from what they saw. We took regular pencils and sketchbooks (anything else is not allowed) and I am amazed at the pleasure the girls took (well Miss E and Miss J, Miss L did her own thing) at studying and drawing what they saw from a master Impressionist.
Here are their works. As well as one of mine from explaining to the girls how I would do it. (Miss L asked. Otherwise I would have left them to work as their own ideas took them.)
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