Art Students Take In Beauty, Wonder of Storm King
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On October 20, the AP art class took a field trip to Storm King, an outdoor art museum in New Windsor, New York. Full of more than 100 sculptures spread across its 500-acre landscape, Storm King is properly maintained corresponding to how the artist wants to display his or her work.
Before traveling to Storm King, Ms. Hume tasked students to choose an artist they were particularly interested in. Once there, students were set free to find that artist’s work on the grounds.
The day consisted of non-stop walking and biking while taking in all of the stunning artwork.
When the class first got there, students immediately hopped on bikes and toured around the massive expanse, filled with many hills and woods in addition to the sculptures. “Biking helped us see most of the art a lot more faster and quicker, but it was a lot of exercise going uphill and through the woods,” said Sydney Kim.
Many internationally-known artist have their work displayed at Storm King . Zhang Huan, a Chinese artist based in New York and Shanghai, has a twenty-eight-foot high sculpture of an abstract body that weighs more than twelve tons, part of his exhibition titled “Evoking Tradition.”
Menashe Kadishman is another popular artist whose mind-bending work is displayed at Storm King. Kadishman, an Israeli-born sculptor, has a piece called “Suspended,” two massive steel rectangles, one of which seems to be levitating. The piece captivated many of the students.
Although the weather was very cold and windy, everyone had a great time learning about many new artists and artwork. “The field trip was a time to develop new inspirations,” said Emily Wujingyi.
Ms. Hume wants to incorporate many field trips into the higher art classes to inspire the students to challenge their artistic minds.
“We went to Storm King because it has the highest scale of work and it can be inspiring to others,” Hume said. “Also it’s a beautiful time to visit with the weather.”