Drama Students Transverse Metropolitan Museum

By Brittany Mendoza ’18 and Darcy Montana ‘18

Inspired by Hamlet, Ms. Bommarito took her drama classes to the Metropolitan Museum on March 20.

After an English Renaissance history lesson, students were taken to the MET to see the real armor of King Henry VIII and some art from that time period.

Ms. Bommarito said, “Seeing the armor of King Henry VIII was important because I taught my students about him before we began to read Hamlet, and the Renaissance art was important to see because that’s the kind of art that sprung from ancient Greek and Roman art, which was during Shakespeare’s time.”

The students were able to learn more about King Henry and get a better idea about his size, and saw that he was slimmer when he was younger and had lighter armor once he got older.

“Seeing King Henry 8 armor in person was really cool because it taught me more about Hamlet,” said Cedric Augustin ‘17.

With some extra time left, the students were given the opportunity to explore the museum.

One exhibit was called “The Mysterious Landscapes of Hercules Segers.” According to the museum’s website, the purpose was to display Segers’ unique techniques and rejection of creating the same black and white prints. He accomplished this by incorporating colorful original landscapes in his prints.

Another exhibit featured was “Seurat’s Circus Sideshow.” The exhibit contained paintings by Georges Seurat and had over a hundred works full of still performers, and was meant to be as vivid as being at a seasonal fair or travelling circus. This was done with walls full of life-size formations.

“I was surprised at how diverse the exhibits were. There was art from so many places and not just paintings,” said Shenice Rodney ‘17.

There was also the “Native American Masterpieces” exhibit. This area featured second to twentieth century Native American art.  The purpose was to display different aesthetics and visions, and featured items such as traditional clothing.

“My favorite thing that I saw at the MET was the ancient Asian art, specifically the Chinese scrolls. They’re so beautiful and interesting,” said Jeraya Kelly ‘17.

This is the sixth year that Ms. Bommarito has taken her students to the MET and she plans to continue doing this trip. She enjoys taking her students on this trip every year because it’s a great opportunity for students to learn outside of the classroom.

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