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Re: Field Trip


From: Ricardo Ramirez (rramirez2_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Aug 12 2002 - 15:26:22 PDT

Thanks Maggie for all your advice.....Everyone has been so helpful and
has had a couple of new things for me to pre-plan before going! I feel
more confident about the trip!


>>> 07/25/02 03:48PM >>>
> This fall I will be teaching at a new middle school in Texas.
This will be my thrid year of teaching art at a third school. I have
yet to experience a field trip to
> the museum. Do you guys have any advice for me to plan one? When
is the best time to go...the fall or Spring? How much should I charge
the students? I
> would appreciate any advice!

Any decent-sized museum will
probably have someone coordinating school groups. If you go through
their office, the tour will probably be free. Get their exhibit
schedule and see what they offer; for instance, the Phoenix Art Museum
has a number of different docent-led tours you can request that
concentrate on a particular time period, style of art, or theme, or I
can ask them to customize a tour. The museum you go to may be able to
do the same. It holds the students' interest better if the tour
coincides with something they have or will study in your class. If
possible, get slides or reproductions of work or the artists that they
will see in the museum and have it on display in your room, maybe
incorporate it into a lesson; when the kids see it live and in person
will be like an old friend.

I don't take a whole class; just the ones who really want to go and as
many as will fit in a van. You will want a docent for at least part
the time so they don't just cruise through the galleries. If the
museum will allow it, the kids might enjoy visiting other sections of
the museum on their own after the docent tour.

You may have to try out a different docent each trip before you find
perfect match for your kids--I know I did. I've requested her for
on eight years now, and she always plans something special and
out-of-the-ordinary for our visits.