“It was probably the best trip of my life. I would totally go again,” said Meera Edwards, a junior who visited the art-rich city. During the trip, the club members, as well as two chaperones, visited the museums, botanical gardens, and a large farmers’ market. Some students chose to go to Disneyland, while others trooped through galleries, participants said.
The Huntington Botanical Gardens and Getty Center and villa were popular stops on the trip. While touring, the students learned about different styles of art through videos shown at the museums. Students also sketched their own works, receiving inspiration from the wide variety of art.
“We saw art from every time period. Some of it I didn’t like, but it was really cool just to see it all,” Edwards said.
Several students were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a celebrity or two.
“I saw where Michael Jackson was buried, if that counts,” said Jasmine Swink. All of the travelers were amazed by the grandeur of the city’s farmers’ market, and there was some unexpected excitement at Redondo pier when one art club participant touched a pelican.
“He just walked right up to it and touched it. It didn’t even fly away, it just stayed there,” said Maren Larsen.
The club performed many fundraising efforts to make the trip possible, including hosting evening art classes, creating and selling an art club calendar, and selling concessions at school sports games. The students traveled to Los Angeles by charter bus.
“The ride there was long,” said both Swink and Larsen, “but it was fun. We all had a really awesome time and learned a lot.”