On October 5, 2017, our New Haven High School art teacher, Mrs. Borcherding, brought Lydia Pataky, Makayla Jackson, and Lacie Grater on a field trip to meet Mikalene Thomas at the St. Louis Art Museum. Mrs. Thomas is an artist that likes to base her artwork on women and show them off in many forms of art such as collage, pictures, and paintings.
This field trip only lasted a day, but a lot of detailed information was given. The students first went to the Contemporary Art Museum, which contained many of Mrs. Thomas’s works of art. Students were able to ask a docent their questions, then returned to the St. Louis Art Museum.
Once they had returned, Mrs. Thomas was introduced to the teacher and students. This was the time when questions could be asked of Mrs. Thomas. The students then went on a tour to Mrs. Thomas’s other piece of art, in the art museum. After the tour, they all went back to a workshop where the students were asked to make a block print of an inspiring woman from their life.
The participants were asked what they learned from Mrs. Thomas that they could use in their art today. They had some helpful responses that could even benefit those who did not attend.
Mrs. Borcherding says, “Be open to the use of a variety of media and stay true to your work by going to your studio every day--(meaning, work on your art every single day). And surround yourself with people that you aspire to be like.”
Makayla Jackson states that she learned, “anything can be used as art, you just have to be creative.”
She continues by saying that while she is getting ready for college, this is how she can prepare, “even if your work is not being showed at the time, still make it for when it is.”
The participants were asked what their favorite part of this experience was, and this is how they responded.
Mrs. Borcherding announces that “I loved the block printing workshop. It was so awesome to see all of the different styles of art produced by the students.”
Makayla Jackson says that her favorite part was “meeting Mikalene Thomas.”
Mrs. Borcherding was excited that she had this chance: “I'm so glad that I was able to take a group of students to this workshop. I think that meeting successful artists and visiting museums where these works are on display is necessary to the development of future artists.”
Artists don’t get the chance that often to meet other artists, but these three students were able to meet Mrs. Mikalene Thomas and learn helpful information to keep them going in their creative lives.