Is it possible to have a school-free day, and still learn about the arts and history? The answer is “Yes,” and that is exactly what L.A. Discovery Club advisor Mr. Norayr Daduryan planned for us on Friday, March 1st when our school was closed to observe the Battle of Vartanantz.
On that early Friday morning, seventeen of us visited one of the world’s twenty most popular museums: the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center. We also had three guests with us: parents Mrs. Kazarian, Mrs. Der-Bedrossian as well as our beloved math teacher Mr. Z. Davidian.
The Getty looked serene and calm when we arrived; thousands of tourists and schoolchildren were not crowding it, as is typical. After the garden tour, we headed to the exquisite galleries, where we saw exhibits of royal French antiques and fine paintings of French impressionism (Now, we know what “Impressionism” is!). Mr. Daduryan took us to see some unusual objects: a giant pink bed, which looked very inviting, and an enormous Belgian painting, which featured numerous symbols and political satire on it. A docent from the museum helped us to comprehend the story behind that painting through clever questions and insights.
After another gallery, and another one, we told Mr. Daduryan that we deserved a break. We enjoyed the delicious food of the museum cafe. After taking group photos, we headed back for school.
The museum looked exquisite and well-funded, especially considering our recent visit to the rustic ranch-museum of painter and sculptor Jirair Zorthian in Altadena.
Our next trip will combine Downtown Los Angeles historic landmarks, including Grand Central Market, the Angel’s Flight, the observation deck of the L.A. City Hall, the San Antonio Winery, and the MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art).
Young discoverers of LA Discovery Club