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Grade 3: A Field Trip to the American Museum of Western Art

As part of their social studies unit on the history of Colorado, third graders got to visit the American Museum of Western Art - The Anschutz Collection this March.
The museum is housed in the Navarre Building in Downtown Denver and includes paintings of the American West from the 19th century to the present. During their visit, students received a private tour from an expert who taught them how to use their senses when determining the storyline of an art piece by answering questions such as “I see…”, I feel…”, “I smell…”, “I hear…”, and “I wonder…”. Following this exercise, third graders got to choose a painting on any floor to study further. With clipboards and pencils in hand, they repeated the sensory exercise individually, compared and contrasted the scene in the painting to present day, and sketched the art they chose. A special thank you to the American Museum of Western Art for this up-close and personal experience for our students!


Graland Country Day School

Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.