Monday, October 21, 2013
Brooklyn Museum Field Trip: Transformation in the Americas
We had a wonderful field trip to the Brooklyn Museum with our homeschool group. The topic was Transformation in the Americas, and the kids learned about composite figures, transformation and origin myths. Then they were given paper and pencils and asked to look at the artifacts in the gallery and draw some composite figures that they observed. This trip was just serendipitously perfectly aligned to Mikro's studies this semester in Comparative Religions, and the history of Precolumbian civilizations of the Americas. We had a wonderful time, and stayed to have lunch with friends out in the sculpture garden. Then Mikro and I went back into the museum to enjoy some of the other exhibits and see some of the pieces we rushed past during the group tour.
This is a house post which depicts Eagle Nose from a Northwest Coast origin myth.
This mask portrays another creation story:
The kids also learned about life and death in mesoamerican cultures.
Drawing in the galleries:
Some of Mikro's favorite artifacts:
The sculpture garden outside was a nice place to have lunch before returning to the museum to wander the African galleries, the new exhibit on connecting cultures, and the modern and feminist art galleries. Mikro particularly liked Ms. Mutu's work, since he loves surrealism.
We met up with Kev for the ride home, and got to see the beautiful full moon together.