- 10:00-10:30- Sol Moscot Opticians (6th and 14th Street)
- walked through the store and talked to manager about the company and their visual advertising campaign
- 10:45-11:15- New York Design Center (32nd and Lexington)
- 12:30-1:00- Lunch
- 1:00-2:30- Dwell Designers Discussion With David Moser (62nd and Madison)
- 3:00-5:00- Emerging Designers Open Studio Tour (Brooklyn)
I have been a strong proponent of field trips. I think we need to get kids out of the building and authentically experience the curriculum. Working in the tri-state area, I think it would be naive for us to close off students and teachers to our surrounding riches. With the help and assistance of other teachers and administrators, we have grown the number of approved field trips. In particular, we have increased the amount of excursions into New York City. Classes visit museums, take walking tours of distinct neighborhoods (Harlem, Lower East Side, West Village, Battery City), participate in actually Literature Trip (Catcher In The Rye Walking Tour) and participate in special offerings such as City Modern.
Having participated in several trips and in speaking to other teachers it has become clear that field trips serve as inspirational resources. Yesterday's trip is a prime example of this development. Students spent an entire day observing products and interacting with artists. They were able to speak with David Moser, Alex Mustonen and Francois Chambard and spend time walking through their studios. In a real and tangible way, students were able to reflect, comment on and generate a discussion about the design process. From what I saw yesterday served as a source of inspiration. It further emboldened these students to pursue what they are passionate about and gave them confidence to succeed through obstacles inherent in any creative process.