Jamie Beran's, Omaha Westside's Westgate Elementary 5th Graders using guest2 and guest3 eSchool accounts
eSchool Chat/Web Page Push with
Monica Sanjur, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
May 17, 2000
Guest2: Hi, Monica! We will get you started with the students soon!
monica sanjur: Ok
monica sanjur: Hi anyone here, yet?
*** What can you tell us about the traveling art train. ***
guest3: Hi I'm Jamie
monica sanjur: Hi Jamie
Guest2: What can you tell us about the traveling art train.
monica sanjur: well the art train was started in Michigan
monica sanjur: and the Smithsonian has contributed to the art on the train
monica sanjur: http://www.diamondbullet.com/Artrain/
guest3: I'm here with Kristin, Justin ellie and mr. otto
monica sanjur: Hi everyone!
monica sanjur: I just pushed the home page for the art train
monica sanjur: I think most of you have seen it, right?
Guest2: Are there any Norman Rockwell paintings in there.
monica sanjur: Well, the exhibit changes every year, this year all the paintings are about space
monica sanjur: did you choose a Norman Rockwell for your train?
guest3: are you familiar with jewish art
monica sanjur: sorry, I don't know much about it
guest3: How bout Goya?
monica sanjur: I know a bit a bout Goya, be he is a Spanish artist
Guest2: We did a bus not a train,Yes we have NormanRockwell.
monica sanjur: Why did you choose Rockwell
Guest2: because of humor
monica sanjur: that's great. So your bus focused on artists that use humor in thier art?
guest3: can you tells us more about the traim
monica sanjur: What do you want to know? It is the only train exhibit in the country.
monica sanjur: It is a very special kind of exhibit. Not too many people can pull it off.
guest3: We have a traveling train too
monica sanjur: your group or in Omaha?
Guest2: can you tell us about neil armstrong
guest3: our group
monica sanjur: You can look up more on Neil Armstron at the Air and Space Museum site
monica sanjur: So, why did your group choose to do a train instead of a bus?
monica sanjur: http://nasm.si.edu
guest3: because it fits our theam!
monica sanjur: what was you theme?
Guest2: how many art paintings do you have
monica sanjur: wow, we have thousands of paintings at the American Art Museum
guest3: it is number the stars
monica sanjur: your themes is "number the stars?"
guest3: Well the book is
Guest2: Hou many paintings do you have on the train?
monica sanjur: http://www.diamondbullet.com/Artrain/
guest3: it is dreams freedom bravrey and jewish art
monica sanjur: I'll have to check the web site. I'm not sure how many images travel
monica sanjur: The "Artistry of Space" exhibit is travelling 78 paintings
Guest2: how long is the train
monica sanjur: It has 3 gallery cars
guest3: now there are 2 art train
guest3: because we made 1
monica sanjur: That's true, when is your coast to coast tour?
Guest2: How old is the train
guest3: we pull ours!!
monica sanjur: So, better start running to get in shape!
guest3: we ran 2 miles
monica sanjur: The art train was started in 1971
guest3: were in shape now
guest3: thats old
monica sanjur: Ok, so I can't wait until you bring your exhibit to DC!
monica sanjur: Just kidding
Guest2: how long have you had the train
monica sanjur: Well, the train doesn't belong to the Smithsonian, but we participate with the
monica sanjur: The train belongs to the Michigan Council for the Arts
monica sanjur: They have asked us to participate because the Smithsonian travels a lot of shows
guest3: has the train come to omaha?
Guest2: Have you had the same train the whole time
monica sanjur: I'm not sure, if it is the same train
guest3: where are the two places that the train has been
monica sanjur: And this year the train is not scheduled to stop in Nebraska
monica sanjur: The train travels all over
guest3: why not?
monica sanjur: It was probably not requested. Art exhibits travel to locations that book them.
monica sanjur: The American Art museume currently has 7 shows on the road
guest3: well we want to see it
Guest2: How do you ceap the art work from not falling when you travel
guest3: I'll book it!!!!!!!!!!!
monica sanjur: I don't blame you. Maybe you can convince your school to write to the Art train.
guest3: we will
monica sanjur: The art train website tells you how to do this. Maybe you guys can book it.
monica sanjur: So, how did you book your train & bus tours?
guest3: How many pics can fit in 1 box car
monica sanjur: That depends on the size of images and running wall space
guest3: does it have carpet anywhere
monica sanjur: An exhibit designer uses math to figure how many painting will fit on a wall
monica sanjur: oh the whole train is carpeted
guest3: So is ares
monica sanjur: good thinking, why did you decide to do that?
Guest2: How do you keep the art work from not falling when you travel
guest3: because it pretty
monica sanjur: The artwork is mounted to the walls. Usually in galleries they are screwed into the
walls and hung.
monica sanjur: Carpeting is nice to walk on and looks pretty, that's true. But, it also absorbs noise.
So, it is nicer to be inside the train car, too.
guest3: it keeps the dust out
monica sanjur: That's right. And the artwork has to be protected. Did you insure your art?
Guest2: How did you choose the space theame
guest3: do you have a eating place
guest3: yes we do insure
monica sanjur: I think the space theme has to do with the President's Mars Millineum Project
monica sanjur: And I don't believe there is a cafe car on the train
monica sanjur: so, why did you insure your art?
guest3: well ours is on top
monica sanjur: You have a cafe on your train?
guest3: cool uh
monica sanjur: that's a nice touch
monica sanjur: so, it's an outdoor cafe?
guest3: isn't it
monica sanjur: that's very nice!
Guest2: Do you get a lot of compliments
monica sanjur: On the train?
monica sanjur: It is a great program and people are enthusiastic about it.
Guest2: Dose it coust $$$$$
guest3: how many people work there?\
monica sanjur: Sure, it costs money to host the train, and to get the art, insure it, prepare it for
traveling. . .
monica sanjur: The Smithsonian has hundreds of empoyees.
monica sanjur: I can't tell you how many work on the art train.
guest3: do you have a panting on the star of david!
Guest2: Dose it coust $$$$$ to go through the train???
monica sanjur: Sure, many artists use the symbol of the Star of Daid
guest3: how much does it coast to see it?
monica sanjur: I don't believe it does cost money to see the train, but I'm not sure.
guest3: we have to go, next week you will see are train
monica sanjur: will you have pictures?
monica sanjur: I'd love to see your trains
monica sanjur: Bye!
guest3: yes we have pics!!
monica sanjur: Cool!
guest3: Bye Mrs. Monica. Sanjur
Guest2: From Tom: Thanks Monica!!! Bye!