The A+D FAM took a trip to Palm Springs, November 7, to wander amongst nature and recharge their creative energy. Taking the Palm Springs Aerial Tram up an 8,000 ft elevation forest-scape, everyone had the opportunity to choose their own experience: drawing, photography, hiking and climbing; whatever path sparked their creative interests.
Being a Thursday field trip, the students had the chance to take a break from classes and enjoy everything nature had to offer. Here are some quotes from those who attended:
“It was a great experience, being able to hang out with my fellow art peers and our professors, in a more chill and friendly environment. I would definitely recommend this trip to others, if the art department were to provide it again next year.” — Youriko Chith
“This trip was a way for us to experience nature in all of its art forms and in all the ways it speaks to us as artists” — Taylor Armstrong
“This trip took my breath away…literally. But with an 8,000+ ft elevation came some beautiful forest scenery. I really enjoyed spending time working creatively with friends, climbing rocks, and relaxing in brush fields. Taking a ride on the aerial tram to the top of the mountain was probably one of the many highlights of the trip: it was so fascinating seeing the landscape around us become so tiny during the ascent, it made me feel incredibly small and wildly excited.
We spent several hours exploring the mountaintop, branching off to pursue our own adventures, then took the tram back down to travel to the Palm Springs night market: our last stop for the evening. I had never been to such a large-scale night market as this one; the entire thing spanned about 6 entire blocks. There was so much to see and take in, but spending that time with fellow artfully-minded people made it even better.
Trips like these never cease to instill such a major sense of wonder and gratitude; I can’t wait for the next one.” — Kayla Perkins
Visiting the aerial tram in Palm Springs was a fun thing I had never done before. Once we climbed the 8,000 feet in elevation, the mountains and nature had me feeling as if I was in another world. The fresh air and the stark change in temperature was something that I didn’t know I needed. I enjoyed exploring and taking a break from my daily schedule and connecting with my peers that I usually only see in class. — Brigitta Doherty
“Taking a day to be out in nature with friends and find inspiration was really beneficial to both my mental and physical health. It was like a reset button that allowed me to step out of a stressful mindset and find a balance between work and play—and that’s what I think art should be.” — Katie Nichols