The Star City High School Art Club recently headed for the hills during an educational Ozark field trip to Bentonville and Branson, Missouri.
Students had took a guided tour of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville where they learned about a variety of processes used to make artwork. The museum provided students with a guided tour, free lunch, and goodie bag.
While at Crystal Bridges students had the opportunity to meet Alice Walton, the founder of Crystal Bridges and the world’s richest woman. Students also met will.i.am, an actor, music producer, and founding member of the hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas who was also touring the museum. He later mailed each student a copy of his graphic novel Masters of the Sun published by Marvel Comics.
Upon leaving Bentonville, students continued their exploration of the Ozarks with a visit to Branson, Missouri where they took a dinner cruise on Table Rock Lake which allowed them to watch a variety show with singers, dancers, and a comedian/magician. Several students participated on stage with comedian/magician Christopher James.
Students concluded their field trip with a visit to Silver Dollar City where they rode thrill rides, watched demonstrations by craftsmen (glass blowers, woodworkers, knife makers, etc.), and listened to live music.
Chaperones for the field trip included Star City High School science teacher Coach Chris Jones, Mary Jackson, Kimberly Jackson, Christie Pierce, Teressa Taylor, and Star City Middle School art teacher Jill Moore who was also the bus driver for the trip.
The field trip was partially funded by a Target Field Trip Grant awarded to Star City High School art teacher Roger Darren High. This was the eighth time he has been awarded a Target Field Trip Grant.
“This field trip provided students the opportunity to have new experiences that they have never had,” said High. “Many had never left the state, been to an art museum, been on a showboat, watched a live variety show, been to Branson or rode a roller coaster. These are all things that you cannot do in a traditional classroom setting which is why field trips are so important.”
Additional funding for the field trip was provided by Crystal Bridges through their Willard and Pat Walker School Visit Program which reimburses schools for costs associated with transportation and substitute teachers. Students also conducted fundraisers to raise money for the trip.
This was the 47th educational field trip High has implemented for his students since he started teaching.
“I like being able to provide these experiences especially those that help students develop an appreciation for visual art and the performing arts,” said High.