July 3, 2012
Yesterday for our Monday field trip, we explored the Wissahickon Creek in Fairmont Park. Strolling along the path underneath the canopy of trees, examining rock formations, and digging for garnets and mica, many of the Artologists repeatedly exclaimed, “This is so beautiful!”
For the art portion of the field trip, Ms. Latham used examples created by artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Cezanne to exemplify how nature can influence different painters and their styles. The Artologists learned various watercolor techniques to compose their own landscape paintings.
For the science portion of the trip, Ms. Kiesel led the groups on a hike along the trail to learn about the natural history of the Wissahickon. She taught everyone how to identify different varieties of rocks, how the Wissahickon Creek was created by glaciers, and various other facts about the area. She then ended her lesson by unleashing the Artologists on the Wissahickon itself where they were able to explore a small waterfall and different rock formations.