Star City High School art students recently toured the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville as part of an educational field trip involving art and United States history.

Star City High School art students recently toured the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville as part of an educational field trip involving art and United States history.

During their visit to Crystal Bridges students viewed artwork created by American artists from the Colonial era to contemporary work.

The visit to Crystal Bridges was arranged by Star City High School art teacher Roger Darren High and chaperoned by high school American history teacher Phillip Holthoff and Star City Middle School art teacher Jill Moore.

“The field trip provided my students with the opportunity to view original works of art from some of the most influential artists in history,” High said.

Prior to the field trip, the students had studied many of the artists represented in the museum as well as major art movements in class. The trip helped the students to establish connections between art and American history.

“Many of the paintings were of the Old West and fit well with Fredrick Jackson Turner’s theory that it was western settlement more than any other factor that developed the unique American character,” Holthoff said.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art was founded by Alice Walton, the daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, and officially opened on Nov. 11, 2011. Endowed by the Walton Family Foundation with $800 million, the museum’s permanent collection features American art from the Colonial era to contemporary work.

Notable works at the museum include a Charles Willson Peale portrait of George Washington as well as artwork by Andy Warhol, George Bellows, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Norman Rockwell, Chuck Close, Jasper Johns, Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein, Georgia O’Keeffe and much more, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to experience the full scope of American art.