Padres Visit SF MOMA
Padres Visit SF MOMA

Padres Visit SF MOMA

"When I have a paint brush in my hand, there is no place I'd rather be. I'm happiest when I paint."
- Ellsworth Kelly

It was a crisp day in the city on Friday, when Serra ceramics students enjoyed a trip to SF MOMA. From Sol LeWitt's "Loopy Doopy" to Andy Warhol's "Nine Marilyns," the boys had fun comparing the exceptional works of art to what they are currently studying in the Serra art rooms.

Highlights included Ellsworth Kelly's abstract, larger-than-life shapes inspired by nature. The artist mixed and layered colors to achieve rich hues.

"The solid colors make me happy," said senior Jeremy Villar. "They're plain but soothing; they stand out."

The students enjoyed their time inside the museum and chatted with each other about the brilliant work they viewed in the colorful galleries.

"Visiting SF MOMA is an excellent opportunity for our students to be inspired by the work of other artists while also being exposed to new artists," said Serra art teacher Clara Lonardo. "It's a nice sampling of modern art."

"What's not to like - it's magical!" added Serra art teacher Sarah Merola, who has an upcoming sculpture show of her own at Roscoe Gallery in Oakland from noon to 3 p.m. on February 2.

The Padres had mixed reactions to Louise Bourgeois' "Spiders" exhibit. Inspired by her mother, a seamstress, Bourgeois thought that spiders symbolized a nurturing spirit and love. Her large-scale bronze and steel sculptures are simultaneously captivating and interesting, yet a bit unnerving!

"I really liked the spiders," said senior Jason Venturi. "They were unique and I enjoyed hearing the artist's perspective. It was a great field trip because it was interesting for us to see the different types of modern art that's tied in with our lessons."