Students view Andy Warhol’s 1962 “Coca-Cola” which marked a turning point in his career. It is with this painting that Warhol made the turn toward Pop Art

Star City High School art students recently toured Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville as part of an educational field trip involving art and history.

During their visit to Crystal Bridges students took a self-guided tour of the museum including the museum’s nature trails.

The objective of this field trip was to provide students with the opportunity to view original works of art from important American artists and help students to understand interdisciplinary connections between art and American history.

The visit to Crystal Bridges was arranged by Star City High School art teacher Roger Darren High and chaperoned by Star City High School history teacher Denton Lewis, Star City High School science teacher Jill Merritt, and Star City High School special education teacher Susan Owen.

This is the third year in row that Star City High School students have taken a field trip to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

“The field trip to Crystal Bridges provided my students the opportunity to view works of art created from some of the most prominent artists in American history,” said High. “Many of the students had never had the chance to visit an art museum. I believe that in order to provide quality art education students should have an opportunity to tour an art gallery in person.”

Transportation costs were covered by the museum through the Willard and Pat Walker School Visit Program. Other expenses for the field trip covered by funds remaining from a 2013 Target Field Trip Grant awarded to High that was used for a field trip to the Arkansas Arts Center that occurred earlier in the spring.

Prior to the field trip, the students studied many of the artists represented in the museum, major art movements, a variety of media and processes, and important events in American history.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art was founded by Alice Walton, the daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, and officially opened on November 11, 2011. Endowed by the Walton Family Foundation with $800 million, the museum’s permanent collection features American art from the Colonial era to contemporary work.

Notable works at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art include a Charles Willson Peale, Andy Warhol, George Bellows, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Norman Rockwell, Chuck Close, Jasper Johns, Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein, Georgia O’Keeffe and many more, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to experience the full scope of American art.

High entered the teaching profession in 2005. Since then he has been awarded approximately $16,000 in grant money for educational programs. This was the 37th educational field trips he has implemented for his students.

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