One of the first lessons I assigned to my 6-8th grade students when we started Distance Learning was a Virtual Museum field trip. All of my students were sent home with laptops, but nothing else. So while I was figuring out how to teach art without art supplies to students I had never even met--I decided everyone was going to get out of their houses (at lease virtually) and go on a field trip!
So, there were two parts of this field trip: the Google SLIDESHOW and a FORMS the students would fill out about their trip.
|Here's the intro slide--Let's go on a field trip!|
I read from Travel and Leisure. When we were transitioning to at-home learning, I was overwhelmed, to say the least. We had a little but of training and then, poof! We were at home. So when I read the Travel and Leisure article, I thought I had read the answer to my dreams!
Once I started reviewing the exhibits Travel & Leisure suggested, I realized that some of the suggestions weren't gonna cut it for my middle school kids. So, I used some of their suggestions and added a few of my own. You could choose TONS of museums, I was just looking for about 8 choices total and they had to be based on Google Arts and Culture AND I needed to get this done ASAP while my four kids were home and I was setting up classes on Google Classroom (which I hadn't really used before and learning Zoom and everything else). Whew! That was 5 weeks ago and it seems like forever!
Once the students clicked on a museum choice on the slide above they were taken to a slide for that museum.
|The slide for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum|
- Look through the slideshow and choose a museum to visit.
- Click on the link in the slideshow to visit the Museum's page on Google Arts and Culture.
- Poke around. Visit an exhibit. Look at the art. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click on the link for the Museum's website. Check it out!
- While you are looking around, set a 15 minute timer. See how many see how many items you can find from the scavenger hunt form.
- Pick two pieces of artwork from your trip--one you have questions about and another that you love. Write about those on the museum response page.
|Almond Blossom by Vincent van Gogh|
Image courtesy of the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Pretty good! This was the first thing my students did for me and I had never had them in class before (the trimester switched as we were transitioning to online learning). There were some issues, but most of my 6-8th graders were able to complete this project successfully. What I liked about this project is that students were able to select a piece of work that was their favorite and tell me why. This was a nice way to get to know the students!
|Some of the surprises that my students said were their favorites.|