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DCS Montessori art students take a trip downtown

Sam Carstens, art teacher at DCS Montessori took his seventh and eighth grade painting students on an excursion to Denver to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Seventh grader Ameya Goel purchased a ticket to ride light rail to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. The field trip was the culminating event of a semester-long painting class. 

Article and photos by Lisa Crockett 

Seventh and eighth grade students in Sam Carstens’ art class at DCS Montessori in Castle Pines spent the first semester of the school year honing their painting skills.  As a culminating event for the class, students took a trip on the light rail system to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver.  And much like an art class, the trip was as much about the process as the final product.

“A field trip like this is experiential learning,” said Carstens. “Students will see some interesting art at the museum, but they also had to figure out the train route they needed to take, what time they needed to catch the train, and how to get to the museum from the train station.”

All 22 middle school students enrolled in the art class participated in the excursion.

“Art is my favorite subject,” said seventh grader Ameya Goel. “I was really excited to visit the museum, and I liked planning the trip too.” 



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