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A Level Art Trip to Paris

Planned for several months, little did we imagine that terrorist attacks would impact our visit to Paris. Of course, parents were concerned but we decided to go ahead. Meeting early on the Friday morning at Nice Airport our first sight was of all the airline computer terminals illuminated with the message ‘Je suis Charlie’. The aim of our trip was to visit museums in order for the students to gain information for the Personal Study component of the A level exam where they have to write a 3500 word, illustrated essay on an aspect of the history of art. We succeeded in visiting the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Centre Pompidou, l’Orangerie and the newly re-opened Musée Picasso – all relatively quiet, no doubt because of the recent tragic events. The students continuously took notes and did drawings – one of my most vivid memories is of one of the students, sitting cross-legged in the middle of the floor of the Musée d’Orsay, sketching details from a Renoir painting, totally oblivious to the people around her. The trip was most successful and, in fact, quite emotional – to be in Paris at such a time is something the students and I will never forget.

“Our Art trip to Paris was an incredible experience and greatly influenced me for my A level. It gave me lots of new ideas and inspired me to try new techniques. It was also incredible to visit the beautiful city and to be there at such a difficult time.”
“I loved the Art trip to Paris, visiting all the museums really helped towards my sketchbook and inspired me to experiment with new techniques.”
“Our trip to Paris was very helpful for our A level project. As well it was very special to be there at a historic moment for the ‘Je suis Charlie’ march.