Art & Design School Trip to Paris

Paris is best known for its art, with a vast selection of galleries housing work by some of the world’s greatest artists. Paris is a key destination for art GCSE & A- Level students – providing them with inspiration and motivation and the chance to sketch both inside and outside of galleries.

There are also many famous locations around the city for school groups to visit on Paris art tours. This iconic locations are well documented in works of art – visiting them allow school & sixth form college students to follow in the footsteps of many famous Parisian artists.

Itinerary

4 Day Trip

Tour Day 1

Morning
Depart school and arrive in central Paris late afternoon
Afternoon
Check into your accommodation followed by an evening meal
Evening
Free time at your leisure

Tour Day 2

Morning
Visit to the Louvre and lunch by the Pyramid
Afternoon
Visit to Musée de l’Orangerie
Evening
Evening meal at your hotel followed by free time at your leisure

Tour Day 3

Morning
Visit to the Musée d’Orsay to view Impressionist and Post Impressionist art
Afternoon
Trip to the Centre Pompidou for contemporary works
Evening
Evening meal at your hotel followed by free time at your leisure.

Tour Day 4

Morning
Depart your hotel and return back to school

Tour Day 5

3 Day Value Trip

Tour Day 1

Morning
Depart school around midnight
Afternoon
Arrive in Paris mid-day / early afternoon. Explore Paris on foot. We recommend free time around Montmartre and Sacre Couer
Evening
Transfer to your accommodation for check in and evening meal

Tour Day 2

Morning
Morning visit to the Louvre
Afternoon
Walk to the Centre Pompidou to focus on contemporary works
Evening
Evening meal at your hotel followed by free time at your leisure.

Tour Day 3

Morning
Check out of your accommodation and transfer into central Paris. Musée Carnavalet is a great free visit for art students. Or you may prefer last minute sightseeing and shopping.
Afternoon
Depart mid-day for your return journey to school.
Evening
Arrive school.

Curricular Links

A WST tour to Paris may support the study of elements of the following exam board specifications.

OCR

GCSE

2c(ii). Content of Art and Design: Fine Art (J171)

2c(vii). Content of Art and Design: Critical and Contextual Studies (J176)

A-Level

2c(ii). Content of Art and Design: Fine Art (H601)

2c(vii). Content of Art and Design: Critical and Contextual Studies (H606)

 

AQA

GCSE

3.5 Fine art

3.8 Three-dimensional design

 

A-Level

3.4 Fine art

3.7 Three-dimensional design

 

Edexcel

GCSE

Knowledge, understanding and skills in Fine Art

Knowledge, understanding and skills in Three-dimensional Design

A-Level

Art and Design (Fine Art) (9FA0)

Art and Design (Three-dimensional Design) (9TD0)

 

WJEC

GCSE

Art and Design (Fine Art)

Art and Design (Three-dimensional Design)

A-Level

Art and Design (Fine Art)

Art and Design (Three-dimensional Design)

 

Study Visits

The Louvre

The Louvre is one of the most famous museums in the world and has a range of art including antiques and sculptures from artists like Da Vinci, El Greco and Botticelli. The museum is ideal for art and design students on a Paris art tour and perfect for when studying a range of classical art.

Musée D’Orsay

Located in an old railway station on the banks of the Seine Musée D’Orsay holds an extensive collection of Impressionist and Post Impressionist art including work from Monet, Cézanne and Van Gogh.

Atelier des Lumières

Located in a former foundry the Atelier des Lumières holds monumental immersive exhibitions. Using 140 video projectors and a spatialised sound system, the highly unique multimedia equipment covers a total surface area of 3,300 m², extending from the floors to the ceilings and over walls up to 10 m high. Next year’s annual exhibition which will run from February 17, 2023 to January 2, 2024 will focus on Chagall and Paul Klee.

Centre Pompidou

The Centre Pompidou is perfect for budding art students, as the museum holds a unique collection of 20th Century Art. The revolutionary building itself is a work of art and is an iconic piece of modern architecture within central Paris.

Musée De L’Orangerie

This museum was originally owned and run by Claude Monet. The Musée de l’Orangerie is home to a large group of masterpieces from the Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume Collection. It offers art and design school groups an original insight into modern art including artists such as Picasso, Rousseau and Matisse.

Musée Rodin

Musée Rodin contains the largest collection of Rodin’s works. Ideal for student art tours in Paris, the current exhibition - Masterpieces on the Move - includes The Walking Man, The Bronze Age, The Cathedral, The Waltz and The Gossips.

Art Workshops

Why not stroll around Paris with a practising painter and writer, and with your sketchbook in hand, developing your artistic eye, while having fun. Outdoors classes are sketching classes, using colour pencils, felt pens, and/or watercolor paint. Participants learn how to create their own Travel Journal, using drawings, text and collage; and how to sketch fast what they see.  Classes can take place in locations such as the Champ de Mars (Eiffel Tower), the Jardin du Luxembourg or a host of other locations. If you’d prefer to stay indoors, for smaller groups, we can offer studio classes on watercolor sketching, mixed-media, acrylic or oil painting classes.

Street Art Tour & Workshop

Are you interested in organizing a unique experience with professional artists eager to share their knowledge and skills? If so this 90-minute Street Art tour is the perfect option. You could choose to visit Belleville, the most famous Street Art neighbourhood of Paris and an artists’ destination since the early ’80s or one of a number of other districts including Montmartre, Vitry-Sur-Seine, Canal de l’Ourcq, and even a very special alternative visit inside Louvre. The tours are often accompanied by artists who share their creative process with the group.

Museum of Fashion and Textiles

The Museum of Fashion and Textiles is a must-visit for budding fashion design and art students. This museum is part of the Musée des Arts Decoratifs and houses a major collection of textiles. The collections within the museum include 16,000 costumes, 35,000 fashion accessories, and 30,000 pieces of textile. A total of over 81,000 works give insight into the history of costume from the Regency period to the present-day as well as document the innovations in textiles since the 7th century. A great visit for a Paris school trip.

European House of Photography

Located in a historic mansion in the center of Paris, between the Marais and the banks of the River Seine, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, also known as MEP, is the city's leading centre exclusively focused on photography. The collection comprises over 20,000 photographs dating from the early 1950s to the present.

 

 

 

 

Cultural Visits

Guided Tour of Paris

Enjoy the major sights and landmarks on your Paris art tour. WST can arrange for an experienced city guide to join your coach or take you about the city on foot.

Eiffel Tower

Visit the most iconic landmark in Paris where students can take the lift to the top to see amazing views of the city and get some great Instagram worthy photos.

Montparnasse Tower

Similar to the Eiffel Tower, the Montparnasse Tower offers panoramic views of Paris but is not as busy so queuing times are shorter. It also provides good audio and visual interactive facilities - which gives students the opportunity to improve language skills.

Seine River Cruise

The Seine River Cruise is a one-hour cruise - taking students from the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame and back. The cruise is a relaxing way to see the sights and has either French or English commentary. This tour can also be done in the evening, giving your school group the chance to see the city at night.

Montmartre And Sacré Coeur

Ideal for student art tours Paris is filled with street artists and stalls. A visit here is a wonderful way to soak up the culture and being high up it gives students great views of the city.

FlyView Paris

A unique experience which allows your group to explore the exceptional places and monuments Paris has to offer, such as the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower and  world as you have never seen them. where, with a virtual reality headset, in 360 ° immersion with or without a simulator, you will be immersed in incredible places as if you were really there.

Cité Des Sciences

This is the largest science museum in France and is packed with interactive exhibitions that are predominantly in French – meaning students can practise reading and listening skills whilst exploring the exhibits.

Notre Dame Cathedral

The Notre Dame is a famous Gothic cathedral at the heart of Paris and gives students the chance to experience the religious side of Paris.  

Château Versailles

Château Versailles is a UNESCO world heritage site and the scene for many historic events. There are a number of different tours depending on the time you have available but can include the palace and the gardens or Marie Antoinette’s estate. Most student groups and tours choose to visit the palace with an audio guide and then explore the famous gardens. 

Disneyland® Paris

Disneyland® Paris is a unique destination with two Disney Parks that are home to more than 50 attractions, shows and parades.

Disneyland® Park

The Disneyland® has five themed areas that are filled with classic Disney stories and fairy tales featuring characters old and new. 

Walt Disney Studios® Park

In this Park students have the opportunity to experience what it is like to become a star of stage and screen.

Parc Astérix

Parc Astérix is located 30km North of Paris and is based on the famous characters from the Astérix comics. It offers a variety of attractions including white-knuckle rides and themed shows, full of all the fun for a school trip to Paris.

Aquaboulevard

This large indoor water park has wave pools, slides and a range of indoor activities – making it the perfect place to take students in the evening.

Bowling

Many educational tours choose to take their students bowling in the evening. We can arrange a bowling night at a variety of locations depending on where you are staying.

 

This was my first trip that I organised for the school and would have been out of my depth if it wasn’t for the sure planning and experience of Rachel and the team. Rachel and Nici were amazing and very helpful.
Tudor Grange Academy


Nici's Expert Tip

The Louvre and the D’Orsay both have excellent downloadable floor plans which will help you plan and maximise your visit round these vast galleries.

Top tip from Nici, our Specialist Art & Design Expert