Storytelling & Bookmaking Field Trips with Mia!

by Katelyn Hanson, MOI intern

After spending two months making books and telling stories with the Minneapolis Institute of Art, MOI is back at home. We had so much fun continuing to develop this unique partnership, and we know the students did too!

Our field trips to Mia were part of our Storytelling & Bookmaking Field Trips for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade classrooms. The cranky captain who is in charge of MOI has been searching for the Lost Ocean of Minnesota for hundreds of years, and they can get pretty bored down there. The only thing that keeps them awake and interested are books. However, the employees here at MOI aren’t too good at writing exciting stories. (The last book we wrote for the captain was titled Dry Paint, Dry! We thought it was interesting—guess not.)

Every time a class comes to visit, we try to enlist their help and get them to write a story with us to keep the captain happy—with a setting, plot, and even professional illustrations! All good stories need characters, and this is where Mia made our stories even better. Young authors got to explore the museum, see and learn about some amazing art, and create characters based on the pieces they saw. By the end of the session, the group has created as many stories as there are students in the class—each student writes their own ending—to send to the captain and send home with the authors. The captain even reads each story and gives unique feedback to each student from their submarine underground!

Mia wants to inspire wonder through art, and we here at MOI are so excited to support that mission. The stories the students write are always made up entirely of their own ideas (no idea is too wacky to us!) and their own dialogue. Here are some of the stories the young authors created based on artwork housed at Mia:

While our field trips with Mia are over for now (they’ll be back next winter!), teachers can still sign their classes up to participate in a Storytelling & Bookmaking Field Trip at MOI’s headquarters here. Field trips happen on Wednesdays and Fridays for two hours anywhere between 9 a.m. and noon. Spots are filling fast, but we want to reach as many students as we can. Our captain loves new books, and we want to keep the captain happy! Hopefully we’ll find that Lost Ocean soon.