Museum & Field Studies Program
Brent’s museum and field studies program draws on the splendors of Washington’s museums to make history, science, literature, and the arts come alive. In an age in which our reliance on virtual experiences is increasing, Brent students visit actual works of art and historical artifacts, and they gain a sense of artistry by creating their own exhibits and performances. A class studying the chemistry of water, for example, might visit the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop to explore the interaction of water with clay and glazes in pottery-making. George Washington’s medicine kit, on display at the Smithsonian, might drive a discussion of sanitary conditions during the Revolution; students might then do additional research in order to write and perform a play about the soldiers’ living conditions. Language skills leave the page and spring to life when the students write explanatory labels for their exhibits and serve as docents, explaining the displays to visitors. Study of that topic will culminate in all-school exhibitions. These are open to the public. Please come and bring your family!