By Jeet Rai
Clustered around Claude Monet’s paintings in the impressionist wing of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) are a bunch of tourists, kindergarteners, photographers… and high-schoolers-disguised-as-professional-art-critics. Such a diverse bunch, this one, but LACMA expects nothing less.
LACMA, located right in the center of the bustling city that is Los Angeles, is by far one of the most well-known art museums in Southern California. Not only does it boast thousands upon thousands of art works, but it is also popular among teachers. LACMA offers an ideal place to host a school field trip.
For GHCHS students, LACMA is just far enough away from school to be considered a field trip.
Plus, a significant portion of a field trip is the drive over itself. Oftentimes, the bus is filled with mainstream music, loud singing, and a plethora of conversations raging all at once. Can a field trip get any more appealing?
Now of course, teachers, chaperones and bus drivers can make all the fun go away in zero to 60 seconds, so it all depends on how lucky one gets. Rest assured, most bus drivers, chaperones, and teachers that accompany students on their trip to LACMA are pretty relaxed.
Aside from the “trip” is the field itself. Destination: LACMA. What to do upon arrival is where the real fun begins. The moment one departs the bus and relishes in the city atmosphere, oh so different from this one particular place called Granada Hills, the reality of the situation hits them.
And thus begins the journey to the hub of art. LACMA holds more than 150,000 works spanning the history of art from ancient times to the present. It is the single largest art museum in western United States. Among the museum’s strengths are its holdings of Asian art, Latin American art, ranging from pre-Columbian masterpieces to works by leading modern and contemporary artists; and Islamic art, of which LACMA hosts one of the most significant collections in the world.
Although viewing art is LACMA’s most obvious “things to do,” it is also right next to the LaBrea Tar Pits and not so far from the LA Zoo, not to mention the IMAX theatre.
LACMA is also surrounded by restaurants, but if one feels like a rebel, one may also eat at the delicious food trucks that line the streets.
But first, before you take my word for it, assure yourself that LACMA is as great as you read here. Many SoCal students have been on a school field trip to LACMA. And for good reason, too.