NEW YORK, NY - On Thursday, Jan 22, after a long bus ride and cold weather, Sparta High School art students arrived at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The Met is the largest art museum in the United States, consisting of three floors and about 2,000,000 square feet. The students said the three hours they spent at the museum, viewing its various galleries and special exhibits, was a good introduction to what the museum has to offer.

Some of the most famous pieces of art the students got to see included, Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, King Henry VIII’s armor and Wheat Field with Cypresses by Vincent van Gogh. The special Cubism exhibit, which included works by Pablo Picasso, was popular among many.

Aimee Buchanan especially enjoyed the Modern and Contemporary Art collection. “I have been to the Met before,” she said, “But this was the first time I got see the Modern and Contemporary art. It is definitely now one of my favorite collections.”

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Craig Merrill, Sparta High School’s Art History teacher thought the trip was great, in that it allowed his students to view art in person that they had previously only seen in textbooks.

Roi Mase, who especially enjoyed the gallery of Asian art, said “I had a good time on the trip. My friends and I had fun.”

Another student, Emily Haag, who takes both AP Art and AP Art History at the high school, agreed with her classmate saying the trip “was an enjoyable day away from the classroom.”