Field Trips – Middle School Monday

Field Trips

Kimbell Art Museum

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.)

Room based on what was seen_Miss L

Miss L’s design of a room using what she learned by looking

Rainy Street_Miss J

Miss J’s drawing of Rainy Street, not yet done

Cut of Beef_Miss E

a drawing by Miss E of the piece titled Cut of Beef

Prairie In Yerres_Mom

a drawing of Prairie in Yerres by Mom


The Effect of Rain_Miss E

The Effect of Rain drawn by Miss E, based on a piece seen

At Home.

Linking up:

My Full Heart: Junior High Junction

Linking up with the Virtual Fridge.

Virtual Fridge Link Up

Liking up with Field Trip Friday.
Chestnut Grove Academy Field Trip Friday Blog Hop


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7 thoughts on “Field Trips – Middle School Monday

  1. rodandmegs February 12, 2016 at 4:13 am Reply

    Great drawings!! Yes, field trips are important even as our children turn into teens! Thanks for linking up.

  2. KymPossible February 14, 2016 at 9:17 pm Reply

    Great drawings! I agree with you about field trips still being important as students get older. We’re pickier about where and how often we go, but there’s still so much to learn. My daughter and I have especially enjoyed our field trips to art museums.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your kids’ drawings on the Virtual Fridge!

    • 3gigglygirlsathome February 14, 2016 at 9:19 pm Reply

      I imagine as she continues to grow we will have to work harder walking that line between her needs and her youngest sister but field trips will always be a part of that! And I’m love the Virtual Fridge. Thanks for helping host it!

  3. Mother of 3 February 20, 2016 at 8:00 am Reply

    What wonderful drawings! I firmly believe in taking LOTS of field tips… in fact it’s been a few weeks since we’ve been anywhere and I’m going stir crazy! We were going to get out yesterday and then we realized all the local schools were on February vacation so we’ll wait for next week.

    • 3gigglygirlsathome February 20, 2016 at 2:35 pm Reply

      Never heard of a February vacation. We also try to avoid places when the local schools are out because it is so much more fun to have places almost completely to ourselves. Hope you find a fun place for next week.

  4. Jennifer Altman February 21, 2016 at 7:20 pm Reply

    Those are some great sketches!

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