ART DEPARTMENT - PARIS VISIT

The Art Department trip to Paris was a huge success. The purpose of the trip was to visit some of the worlds finest art galleries and experience Parisian culture. A chance to get pupils to observe art in the context of a gallery such as the Louvre is an experience that is not easily forgotten. During the trip pupils gathered resources for their GCSE and A-Level portfolios, through photography, sketches and written notations. This will help pupils develop all assessment objectives, especially for those who have just started their Year 11/13 exam portfolios.

The group set off from Bryntirion at 8pm on Thursday 21st Feb, with an overnight travel, arriving at Disneyland Paris at 10am. The weather was amazing and the pupils had a fabulous day, topped off with the spectacular Disney illuminations. The second day of the trip saw pupils visit the Lourve and the Musee d'Orsay. Nothing could prepare pupils for the sheer size of the Louvre. These galleries have an impressive and wide range of artistic styles and mediums on display. A personal highlight being the Impressionist collection at the Musee d'Orsay with works from Monet, Manet, Degas and Seurat.

The third day was for the group to get a full experience of the city itself. They started at Monmartre with a visit to the Sacre Cour Basilica. This is situated in an old town on top of a hill with spectacular views and full of art and Parisian café culture. From here they travelled to the Eifel Tower, then took a Bateaux Mouches boat trip along the river Sienne. The weather was glorious and gave pupils a chance to see the City in all its glory. The next stop on the whistle stop tour was the Montparnasse Tower which is over 360ft in the air. From the observation deck you have a 360 degree view of the city and on a day clear day you can see for miles. The views were breathtaking. The group finished the afternoon off with a visit to the Arc de Triomphe at sunset before heading home.

Mr Spratt (Head of Art) commented "I cannot commend the pupils behaviour enough, they were great ambassadors for the school and a pleasure to take".