Today was spent outside our classroom when we visited two art museums--the Clyfford Still Museum and the Denver Museum of Art. At the Still Museum we took part in a workshop that exposed the children to the transition to abstraction in Modern Art. Students learn about the difference between "tangible/representational" and "intangible/abstract" and spend some time using notecatchers and in discussion and then at the end they make an art piece that basically serves as their response to one of Still's works.
After a brief lunch, we toured the Modern Masters exhibit at the Denver Museum of Art. I know that one day children will study these pieces in high school or college and remember the day they spent with them as fourth and fifth graders.
Clyfford Still Gallery
Denver Museum of Art