Art & Design

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    See Botticelli's Venus on an art & design school trip to Florence.
  • art & design school trip to Paris
    The Louvre is an essential inclusion on any art & design school trip to Paris.
  • art & design school trip to London
    A London art & design school trip.
  • St Petersburg school trip
    One of our groups at the State Hermitage Museum, a must for students of art on a St Petersburg school trip.
  • art & design school trip to Copenhagen
    Students visiting the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art on a chilly Copenhagen school trip.

The tour was enjoyed by all 34 students, visits were varied giving students an excellent insight to design, the arts and Dutch culture. GT, Seven Kings High School

Hands down, the cities of Europe play host to arguably the finest collections of art across the globe. What better way to introduce your students to some of the foremost paintings, drawings and sculptures, created by the crème de la crème of the art world, than standing up close to appreciate them in all their intricate, colourful detail.

Admire the work of the Renaissance Masters at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, learn about the Dutch Golden age with a visit to Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, study portraiture at London’s National Portrait Gallery, immerse your class into the world of Impressionism at Paris’ Musée d’Orsay, or debate the merits of modern art at the Centre Pompidou.

Equally, why not explore the artists’ sources of inspiration, from the seascapes of Normandy to the cityscapes of Venice on an art & design school trip.

Suggested Art & Design School Trip Itineraries

Whether you’re looking to concentrate on one principal city or region or are looking to combine two destinations (Barcelona and Madrid, for example) to really bring the subject of art & design to life, we can design a bespoke itinerary to suit not only your particular subject focus, but also your budget.

Equally, if you’d prefer a balance of specialist subject matter, coupled with the opportunity to see some of the city’s principal attractions (or simply have a bit of fun), we’ve got a wealth of tried and tested ideas to create the perfect, educationally-rich itinerary, all the while carving out a notch of all-important leisure time.

If you’ve got an art & design school trip in mind, or you don’t see quite what you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to contact us with your requirements and we’ll do our level best to exceed your expectations.

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Amsterdam & Dutch Coast

Rembrandt Night Watch v smallAmsterdam is an essential ingredient on any educational tour of the Netherlands. For students of art and design, the Dutch capital offers a wealth of sightseeing opportunities, from world-famous museums and art collections such as the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam and Stedlijk Museum, to a vibrant contemporary and cosmopolitan culture.

Berlin

Ber-II-316One of our most popular destinations and an ideal venue for a wide variety of subjects, Berlin boasts a wealth of artistic institutions such as the Alte Nationalgalerie and Bode Museum, both set amidst Museum Island, in addition to the Neue Nationalgalerie, Kunstgewerbemuseum and Gemäldegalerie all located within the Kulturforum.

Brussels

Tin Tin BrusselsBrussels is a fabulous city within easy travelling distance of the UK where centuries-old, traditional Flemish architecture goes hand in hand with an abundance of Art Nouveau and space-age structures. Yet amidst the beautiful buildings and powerhouse institutions, there’s plenty of culture too, with a wealth of art museums from the Old Masters to comic strip heroes.

Cologne

Ludwig Musem & Cathedral (c) Deutsche Zentrale fur Turismus e.V. Rainer Kiedrowski - smallCologne is a very attractive destination for school groups with its mix of history, culture, commerce and carnival. Art groups should head to the Wallraff-Richartz Museum, housing Germany’s widest collection of Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist art, along with the Museum Ludwig, a modern art specialist containing the largest ensemble of Pop Art outside America.

Florence

Botticelli_VenusBirthplace of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, not to mention the dynamic centre of the Italian Renaissance, the influence of Florence’s forefathers can be seen in abundance throughout this well-preserved and thoroughly beautiful city, from the artistic treasures of the Uffizi, the Accademia and the Bargello, to its stunning architectural masterpieces.

Japan

Where ancient tradition meets modern technology, Japan is a seamless fusion of culture and a thoroughly unique destination to discover. For students of art & design, there’s a wealth of artistic treasures to study, particularly in Tokyo but further afield, too. Visits could include the Ghibli Museum, the Sumida Hokusai Museum, and the National Museum of Modern Art.

Liverpool

Liverpool Walker Art Gallery (c) Visit Britain, Pawel LiberaLiverpool is a lively city with no shortage of attractions and educational visits for school groups. For those with a particular subject focus on art and design, Liverpool not only offers the Walker Art Gallery, housing one of the UK’s largest art collections outside of London, but also the Tate Liverpool, showcasing modern and contemporary works of art.

Madrid

Prado - smallOne of Europe’s most prestigious art capitals, any tour to Madrid should include one or indeed all of the ‘Big Three’. The Prado Museum houses the world’s oldest and largest collection of Spanish paintings. The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is widely considered the greatest private collection of art after that of Queen Elizabeth II, whilst the Reina Sofía is home to Picasso’s Guernica.

Moscow & St Petersburg

Hermitage - smallTwo powerhouse cities when it comes to history and art, any educational tour to Russia should naturally include the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, the Tretyakov Gallery and the State Museum of Oriental Arts in Moscow, whilst St Petersburg’s artistic offerings come in the form of the prestigious State Hermitage Museum, the Russian Museum and the Fabergé Museum.

New York

MoMA (c) www.nycgo.com - Alex Lopez - smallThere’s nowhere quite like New York, probably the most exhilarating and cosmopolitan city in the world. For students of art and design, visits to the Guggenheim, MoMA, Met Museum and Whitney Museum of American Art should all be considered essential inclusions, yet the city boasts a wealth of other art institutions and galleries to be explored.

Normandy

'Le_Havre,_Bâteaux_de_Peche_Sortant_du_Port'_by_Claude_Monet,_1874With a wide variety of educationally-rich activities on offer across the region, Normandy is one of our most popular destinations. It’s also an important centre for art, both as a source of inspiration for the Impressionist painters, but also as a showcase for art on display. Highlights include Monet’s garden at Giverny, the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rouen, and Le Havre’s MuMa.

Prague

Astronomical clock - smallOne of the most beautiful and best-preserved medieval cities in Europe – the City of a Hundred Spires – Prague has become an important cultural centre and now represents one of the most visited cities in Central Europe. Easily accessible from across the UK, not to mention great value for money, Prague makes for the perfect destination for students of art and architecture.

San Francisco

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San Francisco is a supreme destination with plenty of iconic landmarks and historic attractions to satisfy all interests. Combine San Francisco’s essentials such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Fisherman’s Wharf with a visit to the de Young Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and you have all the makings of a memorable school trip.

Valencia

MUSEO BELLAS ARTES - smallSpain’s third largest city, Valencia been making a name for itself in recent years on the cultural front, boasting the country’s second largest art museum and the futuristic Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. Add to that a wide array of flights from across the UK, not to mention its gastronomic credentials as the birthplace of paella, and it makes for a most attractive destination!

Washington DC

smithsonian_american_art_museum_exterior-c-zack-frankThe nerve centre of American politics, a tour of the US capital provides a fascinating insight into centuries of US political history. Beyond the landmarks of Capitol Hill, Lincoln Memorial and the White House, students of art & design should head to the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Freer Gallery of Art or the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Barcelona & Catalonia

Parc Guell - smallSet on the shores of the Mediterranean, Barcelona represents the ideal educational tour destination, combining high art from the likes of Picasso, Dalí and Miró and Gaudí’s flamboyant architecture with history, heritage and a proud Catalan culture, all perfectly topped off with a vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere and sightseeing opportunities galore.

Boston

Boston Fine Arts Museum smallBoston promises a diverse and fascinating experience for any visitor. One of the oldest cities in the United States, this is a city rich in history, culture, architecture and academia. It has nonetheless evolved into an important commercial centre, all the while retaining its strong architectural heritage, elite universities and prominent cultural institutions such as the Museum on Fine Arts.

Budapest

640px-Budapest,_Royal_Palace_Complex,_Hungarian_National_GalleryA city with a rich and varied history stretching back to Roman times, Budapest is a popular tourist destination and offers a fantastic range of sights to suit all interests. Straddling both sides of the River Danube, Hungary’s capital is not only home to some beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but also a number of prestigious art museums and institutions.

Copenhagen

Copenhagen school tripCapital of Denmark, Copenhagen boasts a long-established reputation for cultural design and culinary greatness. From an educational perspective, the Danish capital is an outstanding destination for students of art and design, with a wide variety of world-renowned museums and cultural institutions across the city and wider region dedicated to all artistic genres.

Frankfurt

Staedel-Museum ©Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main, Holger Ullmann - smallFrankfurt-am-Main is renowned for its futuristic skyline, ‘Mainhattan’, home to some 400 financial institutions including the European Central Bank and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, one of the world’s largest. If your group has more of an art focus, why not include visits to the Städel Museum, the Museum of Applied Arts, or the MMK Museum of Modern Art.

Lille

la-piscine-smallRenowned above all else for its prestigious Palais des Beaux Arts, Lille makes for a perfect destination for school groups and particularly those interested in art. Not only is it the setting to France’s foremost collection of art after the Louvre, it also plays host to a number of other art institutions – La Piscine and LaM – in its environs, with the Louvre-Lens a short drive away.

London

National Gallery (c) visitlondonimages, britainonview, FCO, Damir Fabijanic - smallThe National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, V&A, Royal Academy of Arts, Courtauld Gallery, the Serpentine and Saatchi Galleries… Our nation’s capital boasts a wealth of museums, galleries and cultural institutions packed full with artistic treasures from every major artistic genre and from every corner of the globe.

Málaga

Pompidou Centre - Malaga - smallBirthplace of Pablo Picasso, Málaga now boasts a wealth of art museums and cultural institutions, making it an ideal, not to mention easily accessible, destination for students of art and the Spanish language. Visits could include the Museo Picasso Málaga, Museo Carmen Thyssen, CAC, Museo Ruso or Centre Pompidou Málaga, an offshoot of its Parisian big sister.

Munich

Alte Pinakothek (c) Deutsche Zentrale fur Tourismus e.V., Rainer Kiedrowski - smallCapital of Bavaria, Munich is Germany’s third-largest city boasting centuries-old tradition and modern-day technology. Munich may perhaps be best-known for Oktoberfest as well as its Christmas Markets, yet it offers a wealth of interesting visit options eminently suitable for school trips. Art students should certainly head to one or more of the city’s three Pinakotheks.

Nice & Provence

Given the intense colours and quality of the light, it’s no wonder that so many artists have been attracted to this region. Nice’s museums are thus richly endowed and include the Musée des Beaux Arts, Musée National Marc Chagall and the Musée Matisse. Beyond Nice, the artistic heritage continues with Picasso in Antibes, Léger in Biot, Renoir in Cagnes-sur-Mer and lovely St-Paul-de-Vence.

Paris

Mona Lisa (c) Paris Tourist Office, Daniel Thierry - smallThe cultural heart of Europe and without doubt, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Paris effortlessly combines grand neoclassical buildings, glorious monuments and a never-ending selection of galleries and museums. Some of our most popular visits include the Louvre, the Orsay and the Centre Pompidou, not forgetting of course the Marmottan-Monet, Picasso and Rodin Museums.

Rome

Rome_Sistine_Chapel - smallWhere else but the Italian capital could you find such an abundance of awe-inspiring art, architecture, ancient history and cosmopolitan culture? Rome is a truly breathtaking and magical city, for centuries the centre of Western civilisation, the capital of the Roman Empire and Catholicism. The Sistene Chapel, with its frescoed ceiling by Michelangelo, is an absolute must-see.

Tallinn

126_KADRIORU_LOSS.jpfOne of the oldest capital cities in Northern Europe, nestled on the southern shores of Gulf of Finland, Tallinn has fallen under the control of a number of different entities throughout its tumultuous history. The resulting shifting nature of its past makes the city a melting pot of cultures, a popular tourist destination and an ideal place for an educational visit.

Venice

Canaletto_Piazza_San_Marco - smallIt’s no exaggeration to say there’s nowhere quite like Venice, a truly stunning city and one of the greatest art capitals of the world. Venice is a natural candidate for students of art and design, with visits to the Accademia, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Ca’Pesaro, Museo Correr and Ca d’Oro showcasing the finest masterpieces from both Venice and beyond.

Art & Design school trip images courtesy of Paris Tourist Office, Daniel Thierry, Visit London Images, Britain on View, Leise Jones, Deutsche Zentrale fur Turismus e.V. Rainer Kiedrowski, www.copenhagenmediacenter.com, Tourismus Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main, Holger Ullmann, Visit Britain, Pawel Libera, Damir Fabijanic, www.nycgo.com, Alex Lopez, Área de Turismo del Ayuntamiento de Malaga, Tallinn City Tourist Board & Convention Bureau, Tavi Grepp, TVCB Valencia, Zack Frank.