Stepping Outside the Classroom

Kathryn Shields’ Modern Art class went on an adventure today. What kind of adventure, you ask? The class went on a field trip to the Weatherspoon Art Museum at UNC Greensboro, where they were provided with a very informative guided tour through highlights of the permanent collection, an exhibition which is called “On a Path to Abstraction.”  To learn more about this and other exhibitions, please click HERE.

During the first part of the tour, the students were asked to pick from various works and discuss what made a particular work abstract. I was part of a group that analyzed “Double Mao” by Andy Warhol, which I was personally very excited by. We spoke of Warhol’s use of cropping, duplication, brush stokes, and color choices – all of which were used in harmony to create abstraction.

Not only was this exercise a highly appropriate extension of what is learned in the class, but we got to be just mere inches away from real works of art by some of the most influential artists of all time – slightly better than viewing a projection or computer image.

The class was also shown through the current visiting artist’s collection, which consisted of incredible paintings by Catherine Murphy.  This will be on display until December 9th – go check it out! You won’t regret it.  Information about this exhibition can be found HERE.   On November 8th from 5:30 to 6:30pm an Artist Talk featuring Catherine Murphy will be held in the Weatherspoon auditorium.

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