Perfect Timing for a Visit to the Detroit Parade Company
By: WebmasterDate: Nov 20, 2019 Tags: Arts, Elementary
Did you know that the Detroit Parade Company has the largest collection of papier-mache “big heads” in America? Neither did we, but our 6th-grade students learned that on their annual field trip this week. Each year, the PCA 6th grade students have the opportunity to travel to the Detroit Parade Company factory. On the trip, that took place this week, our students went on a guided tour of the 200,000 square foot old car factory, turned into the workshop/warehouse for the parade since 1982. Students learned the history of the parade, how floats are made, and how they make it into the parade. Students saw working artists and volunteers painting and creating all types of pieces for different floats. And they learned about the largest collection of papier-mache “big heads” in America. Since our 6th-grade students are completing their 3D papier-mache projects this week, this trip couldn’t come at a better time!
They also learned about the variety of different people who dress as clowns for this parade. Judges, lawyers, and even celebrities may be walking in the 2019 Thanksgiving Day Parade but we won’t know, because they are dressed as clowns!
This amazing field trip is made possible through the funds raised by the Fine Arts Booster Board. We are grateful that our students have the opportunity to learn why Detroit has a parade and how much work goes into making a parade that is only second in age and scope to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. The second reason this trip is perfect timing is that in just one week, these students will be able to attend in person or watch the Detroit parade on television, seeing the floats and designs they just learned about, making their way down Woodward Avenue.
When the 6th-grade students returned to their art classroom following the day at the Detroit Parade Company, they worked to complete their papier-mache creations that will be on exhibit at the Elementary Christmas Concert and Art Exhibit on Friday, December 6. With all the talk of Thanksgiving and the coming Christmas season, Mrs. Kincer, PCA Elementary Art Teacher, will use the opportunity to talk about how Christians should celebrate Thanksgiving, giving honor and thanks to God for all that He has done. She will be sure to share the gospel story, explaining that Jesus is the greatest free gift ever given to man.
At PCA, we are passionate about offering a dynamic arts education, from the youngest of students to our high school seniors. If you want to learn more about PCA’s commitment to arts education, we invite you to visit our arts webpage HERE.
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