Glen Rose – Barry Payne and his Glen Rose Junior High sixth grade art class took their annual field trip to the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth last week.


This year the focus was on the permanent collection featured at Amom Carter, but the artists that Payne wanted the class to really focus on were Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. Remington and Russell are widely considered to be two of the greatest artists of the American West.


Payne also teaches the sculpting class at GRJH and enjoyed having the children explore Remington’s and Russell’s sculptures along with other works by artists like Daniel Chester French, Paul Manship and Robert Laurent.


Following the excursion, the students were tasked to write about two pieces of art examined on the trip. Payne required the students to list the artist, title, and what they learned and personally thought about each piece.


“The sculpture by John Quincy Adams Ward, ‘The Freedman,’ looked amazing and it had a lot of meaning to it,” Delaila Gomez said. “Some men were freed, [but] others were not. The chain is on one hand, but not on the other. He is ready to get up because his hand is right there ready to get up. He also looks kind of worried thinking of what should he do next.”


According to Maile Mobley, her two favorite pieces were ‘The Dash For The Timber’ and ‘Edwin Booth.’


“They both have a big story behind it,” Mobley said. “’The Dash For The Timber’ is a very action-packed painting. Fredrick Remington is one of my favorite artist.”


“I and the students are so fortunate to be in a community that supports the arts,” Payne said. “The school provides me with a substitute for my class, a nice bus to transport the students and enough funds to really give them a chance to explore the art world,”


“We have fun visiting the museums, but at the end of the day the students really get a kick eating out at Fuddruckers,” Payne added.


GRJH will take its talents on the road for an art competition at Hillwood Middle School in Keller, Texas. This competition, slated for April 16, is a regional event with students from all over the Metroplex. There are 28 entries from GRJH and each student will present his or her work before a panel that is comprised of art professors and teachers from other school districts. The students will stand before the panel and discuss the process behind their art and then will be interviewed and critiqued by each judge.


“This is a very rich learning experience for the students,” Payne said. “They not only learn communication skills but how to stand in front of a panel and express their art and receive constructive criticism on how to improve or get praise from other artists.”


In addition to the sixth grade class, Payne also takes the seventh graders to the Modern Art Museum and his eighth grade art students to the Kimball Art Museum.


Payne maintains a Facebook page or you can follow the class on Instagram @grjh_art.