2NT ArtScience Museum Experiential Trip
The Secondary 2 Normal Technical students were treated to a very special visit to the ArtScience Museum on Thursday, 19 March 2012. The students visited two exhibits: Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition and Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal. The main objective of this experiential learning trip was to provide students with an experience beyond the classroom and to provide an opportunity to learn about museum etiquette.
At the Andy Warhol exhibition, the colourful, innovative and eccentric art pieces enabled our students to learn how everyday items can become popularised and adapted to become Pop Art. As the innovator of Pop Art, Warhol pushed creative boundaries and initiated new ways to create Art. The students got to appreciate these pieces and were engaged in viewing his different artistic phases from the 1940’s to 1980’s as the exhibition features over 260 paintings, drawings, sculptures, film and video.
The year 2012 marked the centennial of the tragic sinking of the Titanic during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. This tragedy took place in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912 after she collided with an iceberg.
The students and accompanying teachers were able to view, experience and relive the grandeur of what was considered as an “unsinkable” ship. Students were also given the opportunity to walk through elaborately recreated sections of the world’s largest ship of that time, (many of these replicas were also seen in the 1997 movie, Titanic) along with approximately 280 artefacts which were recovered from the wreckage. The Exhibition took our students through the ship's conception, construction, sailing day, life on board and replica of the famous iceberg. Students also had the opportunity to hear the incredible stories of her passengers and the crew relating Titanic's sinking and the eventual discovery of the wreck.
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All in all, the students and teachers learnt immensely from the trip. The creative expertise of Andy Warhol and the epic tragedy of the Titanic left an indelible mark in our minds and made us hum the ‘Titanic' theme song, “ My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion.