Art & Design school trips
Step into a world where magnificent architecture, museums, and breathtaking landscapes beckon artistic students beyond their comfort zones to push the boundaries of their creative potential. Our art and design school trips all offer opportunities for your students to explore renowned galleries and embrace their chosen specialisations.
Art, Design and photography trips designed for schools
Our art and design school trips are designed to fulfil curricular objectives for Key Stage 3, GCSE and A-Level art, graphic design, and photography. By analysing the works of artists from around the world, your students will have an abundance of material from which to draw inspiration, as they build their critical analysis of genres, styles, and techniques and apply these to their own work.
Whether your students aspire to be photographers, graphic designers, or fine artists, our trips provide ample inspiration for all artistic avenues. With an Equity art and design school trip, schools can embark on any number of adventures: discover the profound impact of Gaudi in Barcelona, encounter world-renowned artists in London and New York, or explore the Renaissance in Florence. Join us on a journey that nurtures creativity and sparks artistic passion among your students.
Bringing unique charm to every building, gallery, and street, Barcelona is an exemplary destination for an art and design school trip. The city boasts an abundance of Surrealist and Modernist artworks, which harmoniously coexist with traditional Catalan art and an unparalleled showcase of Antoni Gaudí’s architectural marvels. Beyond the enchanting Parc Güell, where your group can meticulously study and sketch the vibrant mosaic creations, Barcelona’s diverse array of art galleries exist to ignite your students’ creativity.
With its edgy, cosmopolitan vibe and an explosion of creativity, the capital of Germany has emerged as a prime destination for art and design school trips. From the impactful Bauhaus movement of the early 20th century, which left an indelible mark on the city, to the contemporary fusion of politics, graffiti, and photography, Berlin's art landscape takes school groups on a captivating voyage that traverses the city’s turbulent history.
Embark on a journey to the Californian coastline for an unparalleled exploration of contemporary, fine, and American art. Groups can sketch the famous street scenes of Lombard Street and Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco, before heading to Fisherman’s Wharf where they can forever capture the image of seals causing ripples in the water. If your trip extends to Yosemite National Park, your students will be in for a treat – the park’s natural vistas offer endless inspiration.
With its unparalleled wealth of Renaissance art and architecture, Florence provides a window into this captivating chapter of European artistic history. You’ll find masterpieces by Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Donatello across the city, while the city’s Uffizi Gallery houses several more exemplary examples of the 15th and 16th century art movement. We highly recommend a trip to this inspiring destination for creative groups who want to expand their knowledge of this magnificent era.
Ignite a passion for Dutch art amid the vibrant ambiance of Amsterdam, the capital of The Netherlands and the birthplace of various legendary artists. The Van Gogh and Rembrandt museums come highly recommended, each one honouring the legacies of its respective artistic luminary. But it’s the Rijksmuseum that’s really not to be missed, thanks to its comprehensive showcase of the nation’s art masters.
With Byzantine, Gothic, Renaissance, and Rococo art styles abundant across the city, Venice is an excellent option for a multidiscipline art and design trip. Explore a particularly remarkable selection of pieces at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, or take in the contemporary styles of the International Gallery of Modern Art; wherever you decide to spend your time, your students will benefit amid Venice’s influential design and distinctive architecture.
Student groups will draw endless inspiration from the remarkable array of collections, museums, and galleries that shape our capital's creative landscape on an art and design school trip to London. From exquisite fine art and sculptures to captivating photography, digital design, and textiles, the city's top-tier art venues offer a splendid canvas upon which your students can push their boundaries and cultivate fresh skills, regardless of their specific interests.
Presenting a grand city centre adorned with awe-inspiring architecture, vibrant streets, and a treasure trove of art collections, Madrid is an ideal choice for groups focused on Spanish and European art styles. Within the 'Golden Triangle', you'll find the city's three most pivotal art museums – just a quick stroll away from each other. Don’t miss the Museo Nacional del Prado, which houses a wealth of pre-20th century art, and features extensive masterpieces by Rubens, Bosch, Goya, and Velázquez.
Home to dazzling lights, an iconic skyline, and a constellation of premier art museums, it's no surprise that New York stands as a top-choice destination for art and design school trips. Beyond the city's exceptional creative displays, several galleries in New York also provide workshops and engaging activities aimed at deepening your students' grasp of their preferred artistic expressions. If there's a single must-visit gem, it's the Metropolitan Museum of Art – home to one of the world’s most extensive and finest contemporary collections.
Boasting world-renowned art collections and unparalleled architectural marvels, Paris is perfectly poised to spark your students' creative zeal. Whether their interests align with architecture, art, sculpture, or fashion, Paris is full of enriching experiences, ranging from the iconic Louvre Museum to the captivating Musée d'Orsay. After museum explorations have left your students exhilarated, it's time to pull out cameras and sketchbooks to capture the vibrant street culture of this enchanting cosmopolitan hub.
Consistently ranking among our groups' top choices for art and design school trips, Rome is a treasure trove of Renaissance and Classic styles to influence your group’s art styles. Enrich their comprehension of Roman architecture and design at the city's historical landmarks, then venture to the National Gallery and the jaw-dropping Sistine Chapel, where your students can soak up the site’s distinctive paintings and intricate frescoes.
"The trip went completely to plan, and without exception, the students were blown away by their experiences. The trip is already inspiring our students for their GCSE and A Level coursework. Having already run two trips to New York in the past, we knew what we wanted from the trip and provided a detailed itinerary. The itinerary that we were given once Equity had booked everything was identical to what we had asked for. I can't fault the service that Equity provided us for this trip or our previous trip to Rome."
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