NEWPORT -- North Country Union High School students went on a Cultural Art excursion to the Big Apple to view and experience the finest art, food and culture the great City of New York has to offer April 17-20.
Guided by Dave and Pat Sanders, with help from Natalie Gaines, students visited several famous landmarks and museums. The students used funds given through their parents and guardians, many fundraising efforts and generous donations from local merchants to be able to have, for some, a once-in-a-life time experience.
The group of 25 students visited the Brooklyn Museum of Fine Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art, El Museo Del Barrio, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Battery Park, Spiderman on Broadway, the Medieval Times Dinner Theatre, The Blue Man Group, The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, The Cloisters Museum and Madame Toussade's Wax Museum, just to name a few destinations. Each day was packed with fun, education and as Sanders and Gaines would agree, the most important part: ART! Whether it was architecture, fashion design, photography, fine art paintings, sculptures, food, landscaping, urban design, community art projects, or street art, there was something every art-inclined student could be engaged with and amazed at.
Dana Mitchell, an art student of both Sanders and Gaines, said that she enjoyed the Cloisters Museum the most because "architecture from that time period is my kind of thing." Gaines enjoyed watching her students transform their world-view and adapt to a new and very different environment. Students gazed at famous works of art they have only before seen in text books or through their in-class sessions at NCUHS.
Many made observations relating to their lessons received at NCUHS and couldn't wait to return with this new information to share with their teachers. Jena Catuogno, a new addition to the NCUHS Art Department student body said that her favorite part of the trip was the Metropolitan Museum of Fine art specifically because it was "cool to see how art has progressed throughout the years."
Sanders said that within her many years of chaperoning and organizing this trip, this was one of the best as they had a remarkable group of students who were mostly vested in the fine art and culture that New York City engulfed each student within the moment they stepped off the bus.