Day 4 began with a fun writing and drawing activity on the large Sharp stage. We all created our very own book flaps ( the cover, the back cover, the blurbs and the synopsis) based on a weird NYC fact related to some of the strange stories featured in The Gallery by Laura Marx Fitzgerald. One of the facts was about how Albert Einstein’s eyeballs are hidden somewhere in the city! Super creepy.
After creating our book flaps, we were joined by our author of the day: Laura Marx Fitzgerald, author of The Gallery! She gave us a super cool presentation about all the complicated secrets and real-life stories of famous people and paintings throughout history, which inspired the characters and the events of her book.
After the presentation, Laura answered dozens of questions – everyone had really interesting opinions and theories about the many decisions made in the book, and about all the characters’ fates. After a spirited debate over the ending, we took our group photo and got our books signed!
Luckily, the weather stayed sunny during lunchtime (though the sky looked quite ominous!) We spent time eating and playing in the park, and then we were off to our next field trip – The Frick Museum! We took a subway and a bus to get there, and then Laura told us some interesting information about the museum. It was especially cool to visit because Mr. Sewell and Rose’s mansion, the main setting in The Gallery,was directly inspired by the Frick Museum! Walking around in the museum therefore felt like we were walking around in the fictional world of our book.
Laura gave everyone a photo of one of the paintings inside The Frick, so each of us could walk around and find our painting in one of the museum’s many galleries. One of the paintings that proved most interesting (and sparked much discussion with Laura and the campers) was of a maid and her mistress, painted by Vermeer. The maid was handing her mistress a letter, so it was all very mysterious – many possible stories!
After our museum trip, we all said goodbye and thank you to Laura, our fabulous author guest, and headed back to Symphony Space.
It’s so hard to believe that the last day of Week 1 is TOMORROW! It will surely be a bittersweet day, but we can’t wait to meet Linda Sue Park!