The seventh grade art class had a spectacular visit to the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space museum on Friday, April 29. Having spent the last five weeks drawing from blueprints and creating scale models of the aircraft carrier and accompanying aircraft, it was like walking into the manifestation of their imagination to be on the deck of the REAL carrier.
"I kept hearing things like, 'No Way!', or, 'There it IS!', as though around each corner we had another magic encounter," said art teacher Bryn Gillette. "We spent a good portion of time sitting and drawing 'our' planes up close and personal on the deck. History came alive as we stood where a Kamikaze plane had crashed into the Intrepid during WWII, and as we crawled through the narrow hallways, scaled steep stairs, and peered into the real living quarters and combat stations of generations past. We had begun our 3D study of the ship in class by building small Lego replicas, and all of us were dumbfounded to find a full scale (to the height of a Lego man) Lego recreation of the carrier upon entering the ship. None of us, however, were prepared for the shear size and wonder of the Enterprise Space Shuttle. It was easily 5 or 6 times bigger than we had imagined, and dwarfed all the other aircraft we had come to study. Gillette concluded, "It was a day we won't forget, and we will be spending the remaining weeks of our term digesting the inspiration as we create large scale replicas of 'our' planes and an eight foot model of the Intrepid."