The Art Department has just returned from their annual trip to Paris.
The group stayed at the Chateau de Grande Romaine, located near the beautiful village of Vesigny 25km outside of Paris. It is a PGL centre offering a good range of facilities,it was also the training centre for the Brazil football team in the 1998 World Cup.
Day one involved a visit to the world famous Musee d’ Orsay, home to many famous paintings and sculptures. Pupils were able to see work by Artists such as Degas, Monet, Van Gough, Toulouse Lautrec to name but a few, Art pupils were given a task to be filled with inspiration in relation to Unit 2 of their course.
Next activity was lunch on the Bateau Parisien on a trip down the River Seine with an accompanied guide to indicate all the areas of interest. Following this they visited the Eiffel Tower and most climbed to the top where the views are breathtaking and everyone was so pleased to have made it but exhausted too. They were rewarded with a special Parisian ice cream. No sooner was the ice cream finished then it was on to the Chateau for fun and games.
Day two saw us heading to the famous Arc de Triomphe standing so proudly at top of the Champs Elysee. Everyone climbed the winding staircase to the top where again the views were magnificent and we were able to see the fabulous shopping streets of Paris converging and the crazy amount of traffic surrounding the Arc in its mad effort to reach the other side…..no vehicle is insured from the minute it sets out onto this area until it leaves!
Pupils were then given an hour or so to stroll down the famous Champs Elysee, looking out for celebrities, visiting the amazing Louis Vuitton and getting a brief insight into the life of the rich and famous.
After lunch the group were taken to the picturesque area of Montmartre where the Sacre Coeur is situated high on a hill, everyone went inside and were able to see for themselves the beautiful artistry and to feel the calm and sense of awe as they lit their votive candles in memory of loved ones or as a small prayer for their own petitions.
Just around the corner there is a different world that opens up….it is the area of busy bars and cafes where Van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet and many others were regulars, exchanging their paintings for food and drink on many occasions and discussing new ideas for their paintings. Walking a few steps further the group found the busy square where all the portrait artists can be seen sitting at their easels amidst the hustle and bustle of potential customers. They strolled around watched a few artists and then went into the tourist shops that line the busy streets of Montmartre to buy their gifts and momentos.
The last evening at the chateau was awaiting and the entertainment was a disco followed by the Euro football before a last night of sleep to re- energise before the journey home. The pupils were given certificates to celebrate their own achievement of the trip on the coach and as they listened to a variety of music, the journey sped by and home again to Woodchurch.