March 5th, 2018
Every year we are lucky to host a great bunch of schools, from primary school groups (occasionally) through to GCSE and A’level art students. Some we see every couple of years, others come more regularly; either way it’s always a great opportunity to introduce students of all ages to St Ives; many of whom have never been to a British beach before and are often surprised by the golden sand and palm trees.
As well as the great vista sketching opportunities, St Ives delivers a fabulous [art] trip full of workshops, iconic institutions and galleries and we love working with teachers to ensure that by the time they get down here they have a jam-packed itinerary; we’ve even gone so far as to compile a series of itinerary builders which schools can download for free from our website to help guide their planning.
Queen Anne’s School in Caversham is an independent girls school for 11 – 18 year olds and Sarah Beales, Head of Art, has been bringing a group of A’level students to St Ives at the end of January for the last couple of years and is all booked in again for 2019.
Sarah very kindly offered to answer some questions for us so we could publish this blog to help other teachers plan their school trip to St Ives. We really do enjoy this group coming down every year and hope that we’ve asked the right questions to be helpful. If we’ve missed anything just ask…
All excellent, all inspirational.
There’s just so much art to see, all set within a unique land/seascape.
Ultimately it’s the length of the journey to get down here as it does take 5 hours from Reading; however we come by train so it’s as relaxed as possible and the students can get up and walk around.
For a 4 day trip including train fares it’s £145/student + £10 for food per day.
They love being outside – even in January; and due to the time of year it’s not at all busy. They also love the compact feel of the town which couldn’t be more different from their locale and, of course, immersion in all things art!
They get loads out of working direct with artists and seeing art that was created in St Ives. Working outside of their classroom and experiencing different landscapes and environments fuels their creativity.
We do gallery trips to London to see Tate and the National Gallery among others; we also go to art conferences in London. Bi-annually we plan larger, international trips such as Barcelona and (this year) Washington DC.
We come at the end of January so that A Level students can get ideas for their exam paper which is available to them on 1 Feb. Also, the town is not at all touristy then and the availability of workshops and artists to work with is great so there are no distractions.
Space to work.
Plan the trip so that every moment is used; also give students free time to explore the town and beaches.
Oh, and book early!
Thanks so much Sarah for answering those questions and if you’re interested in enquiring about a school art trip to St Ives please get in touch with us, either by email, phone on 01736 791664 or just fill in the form below: