Fine Arts Students Head to New York City


Written by Kendall Savopoulos

Fine Arts students recently traveled to The Big Apple for their annual New York City field trip. Forty students, along with art teachers Geoff Demark and Shawn Grove, and theater teachers David Noland and Rachel Novi, stayed in the city from April 28th to April 30th.

While in New York, students got to experience all that the art world has to offer. Students saw Broadway performances, participated in acting workshops, toured art museums, and went sight-seeing.

Woodgrove students saw several Broadway productions including ‘Eclipsed,’ ‘Finding Neverland,’ and ‘Something Rotten.’ Mr. Noland says one of his favorite parts of the trip is talking with the students after the performances.  “I love seeing what they notice and have to say about the shows,” he said.

For some activities, the art and theater students went their separate ways. While the theater students went to a workshop where they got to work with actual Broadway actors to improve their acting skills, the art students walked the high line and saw a variety of art displayed at famous museums such as The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Chelsea Galleries.  Demark says that the trip provides invaluable experiences for the Woodgrove students. “The trip opens up real-world art to the kids,” said Demark.

The Woodgrove Art Department has gone on the New York trip for the past several years. Junior Ethan Samaha has gone every year since he was a freshman. Samaha enjoyed going to Broadway the most. “Seeing a variety of shows really peaked my interest,” he said.

While students participate in scheduled activities during the trip, they also enjoy a bit of free time. They generally enjoy going shopping in the city and seeing sights such as Times Square. Students were also able to walk around Manhattan to see all it has to offer.

The main reason for the New York City trip is to give students the opportunity to experience the thriving artistic environment for which New York is known. It provides students with experience and opportunities that they don’t necessarily have while living in Northern Virginia. According to Noland, the trip exposes students to a whole new world of fine arts.  “There is really no place like New York City,” said Noland.