On a sunny Wednesday morning, the 8th grade Advanced Art class loaded the bus for a twenty minute trip to the Downtown Azusa train station. From there, they headed west on the relatively new Metro Gold Line train, which passes through several cities such as Irwindale, City of Hope, and Pasadena on its way into downtown Los Angeles. "On our first train ride to the California Science Center, the students were a little anxious, but I notice a lot more confidence with this ride. They've leveled up their street cred," noted Mr. St. Amant.
Students rode the Gold Line to Union Station, and then boarded the Purple Line before exiting at Civic Center, which is only a two-block walk from the Broad Museum and Disney Concert Hall.
The Broad museum features two large floors filled with modern and contemporary art from Eli Broad's personal collection. Friendly and knowledgeable docents serve as casual tour guides to visitors who have any questions about the works on display. Mr. St. Amant's students were on assignment to find a favorite work of art. They carried with them a packet of questions about the chosen work, and their answers will help create an art criticism paper.
A two-hour museum experience ended with hungry students deciding between trendy food trucks and a variety of cafes. They spent an hour lounging and eating in a grassy field right next to the museum.
After a long day of train riding and art viewing, the students were ready to go home and relax. Even though it took most of the day, advanced student Rishi M, stated, "It was an awesome trip. Totally worth it."