The Junior and Senior students are enrolled in Art History at Holy Family Academy, a class which spans 2 years. Shortly after learning about the influence of Egyptian art, their instructor took them on a day-long trip to visit the Los Angeles Science Center.
On display – likely for the last time on this continent – were artifacts from the famous tomb of King Tutankhamun. Though small in size, the exhibit was impressive in its impact on the students for several reasons.
Given the movement of returning artifacts to their place of discovery permanently that is taking place throughout the art world, these millenia-old objects may never travel outside Egypt again – making this truly a once in a lifetime experience.
Also, the affect of seeing artwork and historical objects in “real life” instead of textbooks and screens cannot be overstated. At the very first object the students saw – an ornate wooden box inlaid with cedar and ebony – they were stuck in place, in awe of not only the craftsmanship and preservation, but the fact that in reach was something they had studied and was last used over 3,000 years ago.
After time spent in the Egyptian exhibit, the students quickly toured other parts of the California Science Center, including a breathtaking view of the space shuttle Endeavour.
This kind of in-person learning provides invaluable context to classroom learning, and is vital to the well-rounded formation in a Classical Liberal Arts school.