Walking Figures- field trip

DSCN1218Walking Figures Field Trip – March 1

Posted on March 1, 2013 by admin

On a rainy Friday morning, our class along with Ms. Winston and her colleague, Mr. Caleb used public transit to take a trip to the “Walking Figures” sculpture at the Broadway/City Hall SkyTrain station. We walked from the school to catch the #100 bus to the Marine Drive SkyTrain station. Along the way, the class wore their faceless paper masks to become anonymous silent performers for unsuspecting transit passengers. We got many quizzical looks and a few questions, but the class did a wonderful job staying in character for most of the time.

Once at the “Walking Figures” sculptures, Ms. Winston gave the class about 10 minutes to explore the huge art installation. The class had a great time despite the rain. The figures are huge, armless and faceless. After exploration, Ms. Winston led us again through a series of activities involving the concept of being “neutral.” We walked through the sculptures in neutral, at different speeds and on a grid. She also incorporated student-generated vocabulary into the activities and brought awareness and meaning to their words. The class came up with words like sad, huge, artistic, headless, rough, safe, backless, protected, emotional, heavy, wounded, fun, playing and spineless.

We needed to take a break from the rain! Ms. Winston then had the students take out their drawing books and under the cover of the SkyTrain station the students sketched the sculptures. Many of the students were able to pick out small details and draw them into their sketches.

Finally, for the field trip finale, Ms. Winston had the class put their crumpled paper masks on for one last time. The students were asked to stand amongst the walking figures and become a part of the sculpture.

It was a fantastic day. The class was very well behaved and respectful. So far, they have really enjoyed their time with Ms. Winston.

Please enjoy our photos from our rainy field trip!

Walking to the bus stop
Walking to the bus stop
Waiting for the #100 bus anonymously
Waiting for the #100 bus anonymously
On the bus as silent performers
On the bus as silent performers

 

Arrived at the Marine Drive SkyTrain Station
Arrived at the Marine Drive SkyTrain Station
Waiting for the SkyTrain anonymously
Waiting for the SkyTrain anonymously
SkyTrain is coming
SkyTrain is coming

 

SkyTrain is almost here!
SkyTrain is almost here!
Faceless friends
Faceless friends
Riding the SkyTrain
Riding the SkyTrain

 

We are silent performers
We are silent performers
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Miss Maggie and Mr. Caleb
Miss Maggie and Mr. Caleb
Exploring the "Walking Figures" sculptures
Exploring the “Walking Figures” sculptures
"Wow! That's a huge foot!"
“Wow! That’s a huge foot!”

 

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Big foot
Big foot
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Our backpacks are waiting for us
Our backpacks are waiting for us
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Meeting under the cover
Meeting under the cover

 

Vocabulary session with Miss Maggie
Vocabulary session with Miss Maggie
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Walking in neutral at speed 5
Walking in neutral at speed 5
Walking in neutral in the rain
Walking in neutral in the rain
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Being small
Being small
Being enormous
Being enormous
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Now walking in neutral on a grid
Now walking in neutral on a grid
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Imagining we are walking with the sculptures
Imagining we are walking with the sculptures

 

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Sketching the "Walking Figures"
Sketching the “Walking Figures”

 

View from inside the SkyTrain station
View from inside the SkyTrain station
The "Walking Figures" are lonely without Div. 8
The “Walking Figures” are lonely without Div. 8
Waiting for instruction
Waiting for instruction

 

Faceless Div. 8 walking figures
Faceless Div. 8 walking figures
We are a living part of the sculpture
We are a living part of the sculpture
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