Purpose: "I have a dream...." A dream to expose my students to art, architecture, landscapes, and culture beyond north Iowa and even beyond the Midwest. I'm hoping to make this dream a reality by leading a field trip for my Senior Independent Studio students (2 boys, 8 girls). We talked about going to Chicago, but then realized that many Midwestern students have been to, or could generally get to, Chicago. We're dreaming big (see our planning at http://clearlakeart.weebly.com/trip.html) and are wanting to go to Seattle / Tacoma. I lived in Tacoma for 6.5 years and will make a great tour guide!
Support: Interested in donating to the trip? Email Mr. Purdy for more information.
Photos from our fundraising booth at Harvest Festival (10/06/2012).
Despite the cold weather, good times were had by all when we sold hot chocolate, cider, student artwork, and baked goods. A few generous donors also contributed cash to our effort.
Working Itinerary. November 8 - 12, 2012.
Thursday: 11/08/2012: fly MSP to SEA. Arrive 3:10pm.
Pack List: ONLY what fits in one carry on and one checked bag. YOU must be able to carry all of your gear in one load at once because we'll be taking the train and city bus with our gear! Checked bags ($20 each) cannot be more than 50 pounds or there will be an overweight fee.
> colored pencils.
> camera, batteries, charger.
> cell phones / iPods & headphones.
> chargers for electronics.
> toiletries: deodorant, contact solution, soap & shampoo (small bottle only), makeup?, chapstick.
> towel & washcloth.
> clothes: shorts, dress-up for space needle, layer-able shirts.
> rain jacket / fall jacket.
> comfy walking shoes: hiking boots or tennis shoes.
> money for food & souvenirs (trains, buses, etc. paid for by the grant).
> photo ID (driver's license)
> school ID (some discounts given w/ID)
> small pillow.
> blankets or sleeping bag.
1: Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes:
> doodling, sketching, and photographing places & existing art.
4: Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures:
> see and understand the integration of art into 'life' in Seattle (graffiti, public sculpture, interesting architecture).
5: Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others:
> see others' artwork museums.
> see contemporary art for sale in galleries.
6: Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines:
> visit the EMP, aquarium, history museum, or other cultural landmark not directly under the notion of "art."
Student Products (to be presented to the school board after trip):
> photography journal / log.
> memorabilia: brochures, souvenirs, ticket stubs, etc.
> whole-class movie?
> airfare: about $310.
> bus to and from MSP airport: (have parents drive?) $.
> vehicle in Seattle: $. ($783 to rent full-sized van!)
> commuter train: TAC to SEA on Friday: $4.75 each way. Youth Fares (6-18 yr) $3.50.
> housing: $0.
> food: (paid for by students on a daily basis).
>>> SAM ($11 students, $17 chaperones).
>>> aquarium $20.
>>> City Pass? $69.
> booth / table at the Harvest Festival downtown (October 6, 2012) and selling student artwork, baked goods, cider/hot chocolate, and "Thirty One" bags and accessories.
> website w/student artwork for sale.
> Connell Trust Fund: an out-of-school, arts-focused opportunity.
> boosters: work at a concession stand, then get specific portion of trip paid for (ex.: museum tickets).
Cost to District Budget:
> 3 days of substitute teaching for Mr. Purdy's classroom.
Possible Stuff to do!
- Tacoma Art Museum (TAM).
- International Museum of Glass (MOG) & Bridge of Glass.
- Tacoma Galleries: near UW-T, near bus transit center, near MOG.
- Washington State History Museum.
- tour Bruce Dees & Assoc and/or BRCA.
- architecture tour w/Tacoma Historical / Architectural society?
- Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.
- tour SoTA & meet other HS students?
- Seattle Art Museum (SAM). Friday.
- Olympic Sculpture Park. Friday.
- Experience Music Project (EMP). Friday: 10am.
- Seattle Space Needle. Friday: lunch?
- Pike Place Market. Friday.
- UW (Seattle) art department.
- Seattle Aquarium.
- Chihuly Garden and Glass. Friday: lunch?
- Freeway Park.
- ride ferry.
- ride train to Seattle. Friday.
- shopping in Seattle downtown: Nordstrom, Niketown, Patagonia, REI
- walk waterfront.
- drive over or walk on Narrows Bridge (combine with ferry route?).
- Twin Falls hike - Iron Horse Trail State Park.
- Mt. Rainier National Park.
- Olympic National Park.
- North Cascades National Park?
- Pacific Ocean - Long Beach & Kite museum?
- Vancouver, BC?
- orca / whale watching?
- Snoqualmie Pass?
- tour Safeco Park or Qwest Field?
> here is a link from Alaska Airlines with things to do in the Seattle / Tacoma region.
Discussion notes from 09/13/2012.
Want to go on an epic art trip? Let's think about it.
Issues to Resolve: (ALL RESOLVED AS OF 11/01/2012)
Possible Realistic Cities:
Each option will have:
Chicago (6.5 hour drive): Chicago Art Institute, The Art Institutes campus, Northwestern campus, Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, city skyscraper architecture.
Minneapolis (2.25 hour drive): park system, museums, Spoon-And-Cherry by Oldenburg.
Madison (4.5 hour drive): University of Wisconsin, park & trail system.
Milwaukee (6 hour drive).
St. Louis (7.5 hour drive).
Kansas City (5 hour drive).
Denver (12.25 hour drive): .
Dallas / Fort Worth (13 hour drive): great architecture.
Dream On Cities... you have to dream once in a while!
Seattle (27 hour drive): I know this one very well!!!
New York (20 hour drive).
Hiking, sketching, photography in the outdoors?!?!? This is Purdy's language. Obviously I'm biased...
Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks.
Teddy Roosevelt National Park.
Voyagers National Park.
Rocky Mountain National Park.