Art Students Visit San Antonio Art Museums

Suchi Misra and Callie High

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  • Sculpture of “Pierre de Wissant from the Burghers of Calais” by Auguste Rodin

  • Westwood Art students gaze at the fish in the pond in the foyer of the McNay Art Museum.

  • “Girl with Blue Eyes” a painting by Amedeo Modigliani at the McNay Art Museum.

  • Ernesto Ramirez ’17 contemplates the meaning of a piece of art work.

  • A group of Westwood students interprets a piece of artwork.

  • At the San Antonio Museum of Art, a tour guide talks to a group of Westwood students about the artwork in the museum.

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On April 27, the Art Department went on a field trip to San Antonio. They visited the San Antonio Museum of Art and the McNay Museum.

The students rode on a charter bus and had a comfortable ride to San Antonio, only having to pay a fee of $25.

“I got to sit with my friends and the charter bus was so much better than a regular school bus,” Sydney Heard ‘19 said. “We were pretty lucky to get that.”

They started off their trip by going to the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) and looked at many different sculptures and artifacts from various cultures. The museum had artwork from places like Egypt, India, Japan, and Rome.

“It was so cool to see the different pieces from all over the world,” Shruthi Nampoothiri ‘19 said. “It was actually very interesting to connect what we’re learning in Art History to what we saw in the museum.”

Next, they had lunch on the lawn of the McNay museum by the fountains. The students brought their own lunch, but were given peanut butter and jelly sandwiches if they didn’t bring their own.

“The picnic was a lot fun because we got to just chill and have lunch with our friends in a really nice area,” Aarushi Machavarapu ‘19 said. “Them providing lunch was really nice because I got hungry later on.”

After lunch, the students were given a tour of the McNay Museum. They took pictures and discussed their favorite pieces of artwork with the tour guide.

“I loved how we got to talk about the art pieces with professionals and were able to take pictures,” Heard said. “It actually was inspiring and now I have a few ideas for my upcoming sculptures.”

When the tour finished, the students had time to sketch the paintings and sculptures they liked or wanted to remember.

“During the whole tour I carried a sketchbook and pencil with me,” Nampoothiri said. “They had little benches in front of the paintings and we all just sat on those and drew our pictures. The entire field trip was really fun.”