Art Trip to Paris
Art Staff and students recently returned home from their brilliant 4-day trip to Paris.
The tour included visits to the Louvre, the Musee D’Orsay and the Pompidou. We also made the most of our coach driver to take us to several famous Parisian landmarks.
Students’ highlights included seeing Da Vinci’s Portraits at the Louvre (Amelia Dec), Van Gogh’s ‘Woman of Arles’ at the D’Orsay (Charlotte Pike), the ‘art and Architecture’ at the Pompidou (Amelia Day & Megan Carter), the -brief- visit to the Eifel Tower (Lauren Woolhouse), the ‘rap’ performance on the final night (Eliza Boatright), the trip to the towering Montparnasse building (Leah Favell-Clarke, Liz Ghalustians & Eleanor Taylor), Notre Dame Cathedral (Jennifer Adams & Sarah Ford), the walk around Montmartre near the Sacre Cour (Kelly Salvat) and the “amazing sights and amazing people” (Ella Malenoir)… oh and the final evening game of ‘My Auntie Likes’ (James Walsh)!
6 A-Level art students from Clapton Girls School joined us once again this year. From very early on, the Clapton, Rydens, KS5 and KS4 students were freely mingling with each other.
Lots of great work was created in sketchbooks over the 4 days. Students were busy during gallery visits, in the coach, on the ferry, in the hotel – pretty much everywhere! Many thanks to Mr Field for another fantastic booklet of activities. This helped to inspire many of the students – and staff! Thanks too, to Mr Caswell and Ms Willis for their excellent company and hard work (and some lovely poetry). It was of course, also a pleasure to have the company of Mr Purday and Ms Smale from Clapton Girls.
All of the students were fantastic company and made us incredibly proud; they were all perfect representatives for Rydens School. It was great to see another side to some personalities – several students really ‘came out of themselves’ this year. Many of them composed and performed a poem/rap for the last evening. Well done to all involved for this (it takes real nerves!), but particularly the solo-performers including Liz Ghalustians, Paula McGechan and Lauren Woolhouse --and-- Dave, our driver!!
Mr Field, Ms Willis, Mr Caswell and the teachers from Clapton all agreed that the trip had been a great start to their ½ term holiday. It is no exaggeration to say that it’s things like this that make teaching a real joy. We are looking forward to another trip next year already.