National Gallery of Art Field Trip

The theme of the field trip we went on today was nature in art. It was an excellent docent-led tour that encouraged the kids to look at the paintings (and one sculpture) and see what they could find.  It was really right at the level of John and the other roughly 1st-3rd graders in the group. One bonus to homeschooling is that David, Ruth and I also got to be part of the tour.

We started off the tour with what was my favorite painting of the day.

John Constable (artist) Wivenhoe Park, Essex, 1816

This was David’s favorite painting. I think he liked the ships which look remarkably like his new Playmobil pirate ship. He also thought the fire was “cool”.

Joseph Mallord William Turner (artist) Keelmen Heaving in Coals by Moonlight, 1835

This made me think of my grandmother, who loved the primitive style.

Edward Hicks, Peaceable Kingdom c. 1834

This was John’s favorite. Ships again. And he thought the storm was “awesome”.

Ludolf Backhuysen, Ships in Distress off a Rocky Coast, 1667

As for Ruth, she thought the black marble floors were the BEST. Lots of slipping and sliding and laughing.  There truly is something for everyone at the art museum.

*All images are from the National Gallery of Art website.

2 thoughts on “National Gallery of Art Field Trip

  1. I am so jealous! Trips to the National Gallery have always been our favorite. You should check out a book called “The Girl With The Watering Can” that was written for children all about paintings that actually are at the National Gallery. I checked and the library has it because it is out of print.

    So glad you had fun~! A great field trip for everyone.

  2. I haven’t been there in years. My kids never took to field trips so they were few and far between. However, *I* always loved the docent led tours.

    Love the paintings your shared.

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