Clatsop Community College Art Instructor Kristin Shauck and 22 others recently returned from a day trip to Seattle, WA to view the works of Pablo Picasso—famed artist of the 20th century—at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM).
The group was made up of CCC art students, their spouses, children and friends, and CCC employees. Bill Ittman, former CCC Gallery Director and a very knowledgeable and articulate art historian, also joined the group. He gave a fascinating overview of the show to the painting class prior to the trip so that the students went prepared with a greater understanding to more fully appreciate the show.
Drawn from the collection of the Musée National Picasso in Paris, the exhibition features more than 150 of Picasso’s paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and photographs from the artist’s personal collection—works that the highly self-aware artist kept for himself with the intent of shaping his own artistic legacy.
Shauck organized the trip to Seattle as an opportunity to expand her curriculum and as a way to strengthen bonds between students, staff, faculty, and community members and at the same time provide a memorable, life-enriching experience. She says, “I felt that it was extremely important for the students to have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this extraordinary exhibit, and I also felt that I would be remiss if I didn't organize a trip up to see this show.”
Some students headed directly back to Astoria after visiting the Picasso exhibit while others remained to take part in the First Thursday Art Walk that evening—an event where art galleries open their doors to display new exhibitions and artists.
The trip to see Picasso’s work also offered the chance to view other artwork on display at the SAM. “The Seattle Art Museum is the home to a permanent collection that is quite impressive,” says Art Student Kerri Zell. “It is difficult to express the range of emotions that I felt while touring the museum. I will always treasure this experience; it was very inspirational to me! I cannot think of a better way to spend a cold, windy, winter day…with art and friends!”
Shauck hopes to organize another trip after the College’s winter break, but before the show ends on January 17th so that others who are interested may have the opportunity to see the show. Shauck continues, “I felt that it was especially important for my painting and drawing classes to see this exhibit, but I would also emphasize that this is an exhibit that is an accessible and powerful experience for everyone, not only art students.”
For information about the Picasso exhibit, visit www.picassoinseattle.org/exhibition.html
For more information about the visit to the SAM, email Kristin Shauck or call 503-338-2472.
Clatsop Community College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.