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Roosevelt students take a cultural road trip

Monday, January 26, 2009

Follow the leader Fourth grade teacher Marybeth Adams walks her class along a maze that adorns the floor at the Sioux City Art Gallery. Adams and her class were part of Roosevelt Elementary School's Fourth grade field trip that recently went to Sioux City to learn about art and music firsthand. Photo contributed
It was a very cold -26 degrees when the 4th grade students from Roosevelt boarded the bus to go to Sioux City to hear the Sioux City Symphony's Educational School Concert for Young Audiences.

Despite the cold weather every 4th grader arrived on time. No one was sick or tardy on Thursday, Jan. 15.

The first highlight was to see the Orpheum Theater. The students had fun guessing how the chandeliers were hung, and how much they cost. One child made the comment, "I've never been in a place like this before." That was true for many of the students.

Discussing sculpture While on their trip to the Sioux City Art Center, the students from Roosevelt Elementary learned by discussing about all the different types of sculptures that were on display at the center. Photo contributed
The first piece played by the symphony was Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, narrated by Jackie Schmillen, a former Cherokean. Next was a "Concerto for Horn" by Strauss. One of the goals of the students was to learn what "concerto" meant. The final number played was Copland's Billy the Kid.

The art teacher, Susan Jensen, organized a trip to the Sioux City Art Museum following the concert. Again this was a building many students had not seen. The vocabulary word for this part of the trip was "docent."

The students were divided into their three classes for a one-hour tour. Each group had a "docent" or guide for the tour. Students had the privilege to view part of the permanent collection the museum houses as well as a Juried Collection from Mid-Western Artists.

Fourth grade students from Cherokee Roosevelt Elementary School recently went on a cultural field trip to the Orpheum Theater in Sioux City to hear the Sioux City Symphony's Educational School Concert for Young Audiences. After the concert, the group visited the Sioux City Art Center, where they experienced part of the permanent collection at the museum. Photo contributed
The fourth grade students asked insightful questions and used their imaginations well while viewing the work on display. Students learned what an "exhibit" is and how most museums are divided into several exhibits.

The favorite part of the museum was the hands-on display. This room was filled with several stations. The students had an opportunity to create animation, build with various objects, depict images from shapes on the magnetic wall, and trace their portrait in a mirror.

The teachers both hope that many of these students will return to the Sioux City Art Center with their own families and enjoy everything it has to offer.

View from the top - This is the view that the Roosevelt Fourth graders had of the Sioux City Symphony's Educational School Concert for Young Audiences that was recently held at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux City. Photo contributed
The trip was sponsored by the Music (Dianne Gordon) and Art (Susan Jensen) departments.

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