Teaching & Learning in the museum district
Highlights from My History Class
by: Andrea Estrada (Class of 2017)
On September 26, the seventh graders enjoyed a field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston for the Mark Rothko: A Retrospective Exhibition. Rothko's paintings spoke to the students in different ways. Students were guided though the exhibition by a few museum instructors that helped them find the deeper meaning of some of Rothko's art that featured very dark or radiant colored stripes on large canvases. They were also able to see how Rothko had changed his style of art throughout his career. One of the most interesting things students learned about was the journey he took in his career and in his life.
On October 2, the seventh graders also enjoyed visiting the Menil, The Rothko Chapel, the University of St. Thomas, the Greek Festival, and the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. They were able to go to the Menil and see different artifacts from different civilizations. This gave them a more deepened understanding of the different cultures that they were learning about and their traditions. In the Rothko Chapel, they were able to take a moment of tranquility in this breath-taking and special place. Some of the true artists in the grade were able to see through Rothko's sorrowful yet beautiful paintings and the stunning architecture that enlightened Rothko's art. For some, they found a place to go to where they can take a step back, breathe, and reset. It was a place where they could also find peace and patience within themselves. The seventh graders were very grateful and blessed to find such a place that they can take them away from their daily life problems.
The students walked through the campus of the University of St. Thomas to go to the Greek Festival. The beautiful campus caught the students' eyes, making them want to explore the campus and linger for a bit longer. For most, the Greek Festival was the favorite out of all the visits, which was not a surprise. Between the marketplace and the delicious food, there was something for everyone to enjoy. Some of the food the seventh graders relished were the tasty desserts and gyros. Although, there were many other foods that the seventh graders enjoyed trying out. In the market, there were variety of objects to choose from such as the Greek candy and accessories including flower headbands and sparkly fedoras. Some of the students had already attended the Greek Festival before and had looked forward to going again, but most had never been and were very eager and excited to go for the first time.
Last but certainly not least, the students attended a service at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. There couldn't have been a better ending to the day filled with smiles and laughs. The students watched a video inside the cathedral that helped them better comprehend the religious concepts they were learning in history class.
All of these field trips were filled with many learning experiences and very enjoyable for the students. Only our amazing teachers that the students love so much at Presbyterian could make that work! These learning and very delightful experiences will be remembered as one of the greatest highlights of seventh grade for many of the students. Thank you, Mrs. Webb, for all your hard work and generosity to organize this whole field trip.
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