Meagan DeGraaf – Staff Writer
What better way to appreciate and learn about art than by experiencing it firsthand?
That is the idea behind the Core-160 Intro to the Arts trip to Minneapolis, which provided students in the art class with the opportunity to experience a variety of art in person.
The trip got off to a bumpy start when the bus with over fifty students stopped—pretty suddenly—on an exit off the highway. Less than half an hour from their destination, they had to sit and wait for another bus from Rochester to continue their trip. It was a setback, but the yellow substitute bus pulled up to the Hilton in downtown Minneapolis with plenty of time to spare.
Then, the students all split up to go find dinner. It was a cold, snowy evening, but the students made good use of Minneapolis’ many skywalks between buildings.
Later, the arts students squeezed into the Minnesota Orchestra Hall to hear a live orchestra performance of the score for Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark while the movie played onscreen. Core 160 includes both music and film as potential subsections, and this year’s performance happened to include both.
The symphony played music written by famous composer John Williams for the Indiana Jones films. Williams also composed scores for Jaws, E.T., Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan; several of which have also been played at the Live at Orchestra Hall event.
At times, it was difficult to remember the score was being played live, as it fit so well with the film playing on the huge projection screen above the stage.
After being part of the exciting audio-visual experience of a live movie score, some students went out in groups to explore the city more while others saved their energy for the next day.
The next morning, students loaded up the bus and set off to the sculpture garden. The garden had been closed for the past couple years, so students in past CORE-160 classes were unable to see the iconic giant spoon and cherry bridge, big blue rooster, and shrine to the patron saint of libraries. While the weather may have been a little too cold for comfort, the variety and excitement of the pieces made the garden worth the visit.
Once the students became too cold to remain outside, they went over to the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The sprawling three-level art museum was filled with high ceilings and plenty of art. Students were given an hour and a half to take in as much as possible, enjoying paintings by Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Monet, as well as sculptures and ceramics from artists throughout history.
The trip finished off with a theatric experience—a play at the Guthrie Theater. The Romeo and Juliet matinee in Guthrie Theater gave a surprisingly modern rendition of classic Shakespeare, with rock music, contemporary clothing and tattooed actors.
While Sioux Center has artistic opportunities of its own, the CORE-160 Minneapolis trip helped students experience even more art—even though they had to pile students into buses and drive four hours to see it all.