Holy Ghost Prep senior art students enjoy portfolio trip to New York City
A group of 21 Holy Ghost Prep senior art students traveled to New York City on Nov. 17 with Karen Smallen, Greg Geruson, and David Smallen for guided tours of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA).
As part of this annual senior portfolio trip to New York City, the students saw iconic works such as van Gogh’s Starry Night, Cezanne’s Bather, Monet’s Water Lillies, and Matisse’s Red Room at the MoMA.
In the afternoon, the tour at MMA was entitled “The Artist Speaks.” As part of the tour, the museum’s docents took the HGP contingent through centuries upon centuries of art to help them understand the voice, the message, and the story that the artist wanted to convey to the viewer. A favorite among the students was The Death of Socrates by Jacques-Louis David, which was painted in 1787.
The purpose of this trip with guided tours is to help students understand how to tour in a museum and to learn how docent-led tours and audio guides can enhance the museum experience.
“We live in an area with rich museum collections,” said Karen Smallen, HGP’s longtime visual arts teacher. “The goal is that these students continue to take advantage of museums in Philadelphia and New York City in their travels. Art and artists connect us with broad human experiences and enrich our understanding of our world, other cultures, and other people.”