Year 12 and 13 Art and Photography students from Newton Abbot College travelled to Venice for four days in February as part of their A Level Studies.
Staying in the heart of the city centre, students took advantage of the diverse cultural experiences on offer, visiting Ca Pesaro Modern Art Gallery, Tre Oci Photography Gallery, Penny Guggenheim Gallery and St Marc’s Basilica.
The Art students took advantage of the famous works on show, sketching and taking notes to help create their own pieces, whilst the Photography students applied their picture-taking skills, shooting the cultural landscape of the city. The trip allowed students to enhance their understanding of artists and techniques and ultimately improve their A Level grades.
Students also had the opportunity to walk around Venice itself, visiting the Rialto Bridge and fresh produce markets, as well as seeing the yearly carnival, take gondola rides and try ice skating.
The trip was a great success, as Year 13 student Art student, Chantelle Stansfield, explains: “We really enjoyed the vibrant culture, beautiful architecture, bridges and alleyways; it was an artist’s paradise. At night the streets were alive with masked people in costume for the carnival, with lights and decorations in every alley way. We really enjoyed walking everywhere.”
Team Leader of Art, Julia Payne, was impressed with the students: “The students were clearly inspired by the unique beauty of Venice. They worked very hard and produced some fantastic work for their Art and Photography exams. They fully experienced the wonderful food and culture of the city and, as always, were an absolute pleasure to be with.”