Advanced Art Classes Tour UA Art Museum


It’s all about, well art of course, for our seventh and eighth grade Advanced Art classes!

Art teachers Mrs. Phelps and Mrs. Paradis took students on a wonderful field trip to the University of Arizona Art Museum in early December.

The classes toured the permanent art show with amazing docents who shared a lot of information about various paintings.

One group of students took time to focus on a Renaissance painting which told the story of Mary and Elizabeth from the Bible – which also had a portrait of an actual princess.

Other students focused on a painting completed by a female Native American artist. The artist used collage techniques in her painting by adding words cut out from magazines to make a political statement.

Students synergized as they held great conversations about art.

They also viewed the Degenerate Art Show – conceived by Joseph Goebbels, who according to, “…served as minister of propaganda for the German Third Reich under Adolf Hitler”.

“It was fascinating to hear students discuss how history impacts art,” said Mrs. Phelps.

Students spent more than three hours touring the museum. They took a peek at college life then when they ate in the student union and explored the bookstore.

Next, students visited the new USS Arizona Memorial on the UA Mall. Students saw the markers for each person who lost their life on the ship in Pearl Harbor.

Mrs. Phelps said that students were in shock that the average age of a sailor was 20 years old, and they even found a young man who was 17 years old when his life ended.

“[We] were so impressed by the behavior of our students on the field trip. The museum docents complimented them on their behavior and knowledge. Students were respectful and true leaders! Great work!” said Mrs. Phelps and Mrs. Paradis.