As I was going through some picture files on my computer today, I ran across the pictures I took at the Hunter Art Museum in Chattanooga, TN. So today, I want to tell you about an awesome “Family Field Trip” we went on a couple of years ago. When we started homeschooling 2-3 years ago, we enrolled the older two kids in an Art class. The teacher used a curriculum called “Meet The Masters” to introduce the kids to many famous artists and painters. One of the painters they studied was, of course, Claude Monet. It just so happened that in September of that year, the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga had a Monet exhibit. They also had a promotion that the 1st Sunday of every month, you could get in for free! (<<< the MAGIC word! 🙂 ) Now, I think it is on Thursdays, but still that a great deal!
We actually ended up having to pay to see the Monet exhibit, but it was still not that bad. The rest of the museum was free, though. They gave us a little paper for the kids to do a scavenger hunt of sorts while looking at the art. My daughter got a kick out of it. Of course it turned into a competition to see who could find all the items on the list (i.e. the little girl in one painting, or a lily pad in another). I thought that activity was pretty creative and brought the art down to a kids’ level. One of the kids accidently stepped a toe too close to one of the most expensive/most recognizable paintings and set off an alarm. So we got to have a conversation on Museum security and the need for such things. (Super fun!) From there, we toured the rest of the museum.
After the tour of the Hunter Museum, we took a quick walk over the sky bridge to the Bluff View Art District. After walking around the area we were ready for dinner. Tony’s restaurant is one of our family favorites in Chattanooga. I highly recommend it. Over all, it was a great day and I loved being able to tie in the kids’ art lessons into a real life experience.
I hope you enjoyed our little Family Field Trip. If you’re ever in the Chattanooga, TN area, do an internet search for family friendly tourism. It is a VERY family-friendly city. They have many activities to choose from. You could easily spend a week there exploring different parts of the city, especially downtown.
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