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Postcards from an 8th grade field trip
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8th grade field trip
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On Feb. 12, some 240 Moreno 8th-grade students and 30 teachers conducted a Barnhart Foundation-sponsored field trip to three sites in Austin: the State Capitol, the Bob Bullock Museum and the Blanton Art Museum. In their thank-you letters to the Foundation, many of the students were eloquent in explaining what the visits meant to them.

While at the Capitol, I observed everyone seemed busy and fast paced. It showed how serious our government is run and changed my view on how tough it is.

—Justin Gomez

I really liked going to Austin to see the Capitol and the Capitol extensions they have. It changed the way I see things now like on how not to judge things on the way they look because they could be beautiful inside. I was really astonished with how old the stuff in the Capitol really was.

—Randy De Leon

I had never been to the Capitol before, and it was amazing to see and learn about the core of the Texas government. I thought about how the Capitol building was practically the same many years ago when it was first built. I liked how well preserved the building was, so I could see it as people did 150 years ago; it made me realize that historic preservation is very important.

—Zac Moreno

...the state Capitol building was the most beautiful historical marker that I’ve ever witnessed in my thirteen years of living. All of the monuments, portraits and wall art all gave me a very great impression, being that it was my first time to visit. I was more than grateful, surprised and thrilled to meet the one and only Judith Zaffirini, our state senator who represents the area in which I live. Every word she spoke intrigued me and gave me more insight into what she does.

—Faith Hernandez

...the one that stood out in my mind was called Water Wall. Like many of the paintings there, Water Wall, which was three 20-foot walls of paint that looked like water which surrounded my group and me on three sides, made me feel like I was in the artwork itself.

—Cameron Arthur

...the Blanton Art Museum... helped me delve deeper into culture and meaning of art...This helped me come to the realization that artists try to get you to look at their paintings or sculptures and try to figure out what they are trying to communicate.

—Kassidy Rands

...the 8th-grade field trip to Austin probably changed my life...the modern and contemporary art that was displayed at the Blanton Museum of Art...affected me in such a way that I don’t even know if I can describe the feeling in words. There was...this entire wall right when you walked in that looked almost like the ocean. It started with a dark rich blue pigment and then gradually started to get lighter and finally turned to white as it neared the top.

—Lois Downing

I especially loved the art pieces where the artist used materials in ways they were never intended for. For example: one art piece was a giant circle made entirely out of seemingly randomly-shaped and sized pieces of slate. They got me thinking what other unintended uses I could find for everyday objects and what I could make out of them.

—Hadyn Kroen

...it truly changed my life. You should know that I have always been quite interested in art and have considered on many occasions actually becoming an artist. Yesterday, as we made our way through the Blanton Art Museum, I was emotionally intrigued. There were many different styles and types of work, but I was moved mostly by the modern abstract art. I loved the way the pieces didn’t have a set meaning or purpose. As I studied them; they would speak to me in a way that I knew was different from the way they spoke to the person next to me... My realization in that moment was that I, Taylor Howard, did indeed want to become an artist.

—Taylor Howard

The pennies were gleaming, like sequins on a costume, even though not all of them were pretty. Some were dirty and worn and starting to fade, but they were still a part of the art... We were allowed to touch the pennies, and as I was touching the pennies I thought about how even though someone may not be pretty, or shiny, or new, they could leave their mark on this piece of art. Just like the pennies have... Even though not everyone is bright or smart or pretty, they can still have an effect on what happens in the future.

—Abigail Huie
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