Art teachers Mr. Karl Hartman and Mr. Gary Schwartz took their senior portfolio class across Central Park to the Frick collection. They arranged for a one hour guided tour, and for which Mr. Hartman selected three specific paintings ahead of time for the entire class to view and critically discuss. While the Frick houses many rare and beautiful pieces with current exhibits including “Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture” (on display until June 5, 2016) and “From Sèvres to Fifth Avenue: French Porcelain at The Frick Collection” (which will only be available to view for another week), York’s students focused on Bellini, then Hans Holbein the Younger, and finished with Rembrandt.
According to Mr. Schwartz, the group’s docent was “quite brilliant,” for having not lectured them about each piece but instead opening it up to a group discussion. While he’s been in this field for over 20 years Mr. Schwartz admitted to never having been on an art class museum trip where “every single student was engaged, asked pertinent questions, and reverently, impeccably behaved. So much so that the tour guide said at the end, ‘wow these are special kids.'” That sounds like a pretty productive field trip to me!