8th Grade students visit SAMA and the McNay

On Wednesday, October 14, the 8th grade went to visit the San Antonio Museum of Art and the McNay Art Museum in a fun-filled and inspirational interdisciplinary day. With one outing, field trip leaders Claudia Clark and Victoria Luna, along with accompanying faculty, Yuxi Lin, and Kate and Rick Faulk, were able to tie in learning objectives from Latin, Art, and World Religions to provide an excellent educational opportunity for TMI students.

At the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) the students viewed the Greek and Roman collections in the Ewing Halsell Wing. The students were active participants in the museum experience with a docent led tour and also took part in a workshop where they mimicked the ancient Romans and made their own mosaics. Students learned about the culture and traditions surrounding ancient artifacts. Students also had the opportunity to view a sand mandala, one of four sanctioned by the Dali Lama in the nation.

At the McNay the students also took a docent led tour. Work by Miro is currently on exhibit. The paintings are on a two-year loan from Madrid, and the McNay is the final stop before the works of art are returned to Spain. The special exhibit tied into the McNay’s permanent collection containing artists such as Picasso and Van Gogh.

It was a day filled with art and inspiration rooted in traditions laid fourth by the creative genius and traditions past. It was truly a memorable trip and experience.

–Claudia Clark & Vicky Luna

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