06. Field Trip – Cleveland

We will be taking a field trip to Cleveland, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 5.

We will visit the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland.

It will be a full day trip – we will leave at 7am and get back at approximately 10pm. WVWC will cover the cost of the van rental, gas, and parking. If you are unable to attend the museums with the class on that date, you will be required to visit the exhibitions on your own anytime before the assignment is due.

IMPORTANT: We will meet in the parking lot behind the art building at 7am.  Be there early (we will leave promptly at 7am).  Make sure to write down/print out the assignment so you don’t forget it when you are at the museums.


7am – leave Buckhannon
11ish – arrive at Cleveland Museum of Art
1ish – find lunch
2ish – go to Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland
5ish – find dinner
6ish – head back to Buckhannon


Cleveland Museum of Art – FREE!
Open Saturday 10-5pm
11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 421-7350

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland – $5  Students (with valid ID)
Open Saturday 11am-5pm
11400 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 421-8671

You can bring snacks with you to save money. We’ll find places to eat for lunch & dinner.

– Total museum admission $5 with your student ID
– Food costs could range from $20-30 (although you could reduce this amount if you bring your own snacks/water bottle)
– I would bring at least $30-40 cash with you.

Make sure you eat something for breakfast – this will be a long day.  We will spend approximately 2 hours at each museum/gallery.  Often at museums and galleries, you will be asked to check your backpacks and/or coats.  When we arrive, we will review the museum map as a group (if they have one).  There will be a LOT of walking.  Be ready by wearing comfortable shoes and layers of clothing that you can easily take-off/put-on.  I always recommend keeping an eye out for any tours that might be passing through the museum – you can often tag along and hear a lot of interesting information that you wouldn’t otherwise get.  Write the assignment into your sketchbook ahead of time, so you remember it when you’re in the museums.

At each museum select a painting. You must spend one hour, uninterrupted and alone with the painting. During that time, you must keep track of your thoughts. Most students take notes; some have made recordings. You give a presentation to the class about your observations. The presentation can take any format; it is a way to select, organize, and communicate the thoughts triggered by the piece.

(assignment borrowed from “Draw it with your eyes closed” p46)

Practice, Flow, Evidence of time spent with the paintings
View the rubric here.

NOTE: If you are going to the museums not as a part of the group, you must sign the PDF waiver (print it and turn it in before going on the trip).  You must also show proof of your admission, and have your photo taken while you’re there (next to their sign, or next to a work of art, or next to one of their gallery attendants, etc). You must still complete the assignment as described above.

So far, Mariah, Crystal, and Rachel have said they are not coming along. If there are others, let me know right away.