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FHS Art Students Visit Hall Sculpture Garden (April, 2007)

FHS students on field tripSometimes it can be rewarding to explore the world in your own backyard or down the street. Such was the case recently when Frisco High School art teachers took 101 Frisco High School Students and 14 adult sponsors to see 40 internationally recognized sculptures at Hall Sculpture Garden at Gaylord and the Tollway. The event was funded by a Target Field Trip Grant won by teacher Diane Bray.

Patricia Meadows, Senior Vice President of Hall Financial, spoke in the FHS auditorium first about the commissioning of the artist and the installation process. Then she showed the documentary as seen on Texas PBS entitled "Dances on the Prairie" about the community of sculptors that contributed to the largest permanent collection of work by Texas sculptors ever assembled and open to the public.

Students were divided into 12 groups and bused to the Sculpture Garden where they completed their checklist of locating 20 outdoor sculptures and 20 inside sculptures in one building. Then they drew two of their favorite sculptures from direct observation using higher level thinking skills. All students and sponsors were treated to a box lunch provided by the grant money and ordered from Jason's Deli in Frisco.

The next classroom session after the field trip, students made miniature sculptures from their favorite drawing which they did at the Texas Sculpture Garden. First, they created the armature in tin foil and then used plaster strips to wrap and secure the sculpture. The field trip and follow-up class lesson was a rewarding experience for all grade levels of art I from freshmen through seniors, according to Bray.