On Friday, I took the entire 2nd grade class from the elementary school that I teach art at to Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY. This is my fourth trip to Storm King with my students/young artists. We so enjoyed our time out and about in the crisp fresh air.
All week was so beautiful and Friday's weather report had threatened to have showers but the clouds held the rain back until after we left and we thank Mother Nature for that gift. We always seem to time it right so that we can truly enjoy all of the majestic colors of the fall landscape around. As one of my students said, "It is a great time to admire the leaves with the sculptures."
Storm King is such an amazing sculpture garden realized over acres and acres of what used to be farm land. From Andy Goldsworthy's "Storm King Wall" to Mark Di Suevro's "Mother Peace" these sculptures really compliment the earth around them.
We walked and walked and stopped and rested on the cold fall ground while sketching the amazing structures around us. We walked under and around Alexander Calder's "The Arch" and the children guessed at what these masterpieces could be such as giraffes walking along the ground.
Every year, without doubt, as the buses pull up the children stop in a quiet moment as they first spot the enormous artwork and then they begin calling out to me in sheer joy and excitement that they see the artwork and how excited they are.
There is nothing like the awe of young children and art. None of the children said, "I don't get it." or "What is it?" or "I could do that." They all thoroughly enjoyed each and every second of it all. They are all inspired and excited about art.
By the time the trip was over, we were all worn out from the overwhelming excitement of being among such large scale great art and the crisp cool air that the bus ride home was a quiet time of reflection and rest.
I hope you will all take time to visit Storm King as it is so worth while. I spent a lot of time there in my undergraduate college days; sketching, photographing, writing poetry and just enjoying this amazing place. I like to go alone and with others but there is nothing like visiting with 80+ 7 year olds!
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Be Well and Enjoy!