I try to chaperone as many of the kids’ field trips as I can. It’s the kind of volunteering that I love, and I just love elementary school aged kids. Mix that with a trip to the art museum, especially one as cool as the Frye, and it’s heaven.
Today I went with Miles’s second grade class, and this may have been my most favorite field trip ever. The Frye Art Museum is located in the First Hill neighborhood, has a great permanent collection and rotating exhibits, and best of all it’s FREE! How cool as that?
Today the kids first visited the gallery and checked out the permanent collection – an incredibly impressive display of framed paintings. It takes your breath away when you first walk into that big gorgeous room. They kids focused on just a few of the paintings, and I was so pleased that when our guide asked questions about the pieces, Miles wasn’t shy, raised his hand and responded thoughtfully. I was so proud, and so happy that he was really into it. Then they walked us through the Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi exhibit. A beautiful showing of Chinese inspired ink paintings – huge paintings with big beautiful black brush strokes and white backgrounds. I loved them.
Next we all went upstairs and the kids got to draw. First they got a lesson in putting simple shapes together to make a larger image, and were encouraged to make full use of space and color. Then they got to draw. And there’s nothing I love more than to see a group of kids completely engrossed in drawing. I went around and talked to each of them about what they were drawing, and they each had a story to go with their picture. “This is a fish, and he’s a nice happy fish, but when he gets made his big teeth come out and he’ll chomp you!” Each of those kids made a work of art, and when we put all of those works or art together, it was a masterpiece of amazing animals, monsters, color and imagination.
I’m in love with kids’ art, and now I am also in love with the Frye museum.