Art, Math and Creative Writing Converge After Field Trip to Laumeier Sculpture Park

Last week, 6th Graders took a field trip to Laumeier Sculpture Park, an open-air museum located in Sunset Hills. The trip was more than just a walk in the park, though. The students were assigned a project entitled “One Sculpture – Three Stories” which was designed to help students see the sculptures from multiple perspectives.

Prior to going on the trip, the students learned specific math concepts. While at the park, they were assigned a sculpture and had to apply those concepts by recording measurements, make calculations and problem solving on how best to get the information they needed about their sculpture.

When the students returned, the next two days were spent creating smaller replicas of their assigned sculptures in the art studio and then they co-wrote a creative writing piece. This Monday, the students presented the sculptures and story to their classmates.

“Groups who worked on the same sculptures were in the same presentation group so they could see and hear the different creative perspectives,” said Middle School Art Teacher JoAnne Vogel.

“The purpose of the One Sculpture – Three Stories project is two-fold,” continued JoAnne. “It is about looking at a situation, trying to see it from multiple perspectives, making a choice on their own understanding and recognizing your bias. The project is also about the creative journey and how that journey is dictated by one’s own perspective. We believe you can have a more enriching, creative journey if you explore multiple perspectives.”