Fifth grade students had a fabulous cultural double header this week with a field trip to both the Magritte exhibit at SFMOMA and an architectural tour at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.
The students prepared for this field trip with a visit by art curator Dolly Marciel, who spoke to them about color theory, Surrealism, ways to look at a painting and more. At the museum, the students were able to see the works we had discussed in class first hand. They were able to discuss the works, make comparisons, learn a bit more about Magritte's life and how it shaped his work, and explore the differences between Dadaism and Surrealism. They also wrote cinquains inspired by Magritte's paintings.
At the Contemporary Jewish Museum our guide led us on an architectural tour of the building. We learned about the origins of the building and the manner in which the museum's architect, Daniel Libeskind, integrated the old building, designed by Willis Polk, with modern elements and an expansion which transformed the building while maintaining the historic integrity. The students concluded their tour with a design thinking project. Each group was given a place, building type, and shape to use in building temporary structures with cardboard boxes, material, clips, tubes, etc.. They then presented their designs to the rest of the group.
Throughout both tours the students were engaged and full of enthusiasm, asking pertinent questions, making keen observations, participating fully. After our tours and thanks to the lovely autumn weather, we were able to picnic on the grass at Yerba Buena before heading back to BART.