Art & Design Trips to Paris
Paris has the reputation as being the ‘City of Art’ as it is home to many of the world’s most famous art galleries and museums. Alongside the established and impressive collections inside the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay, there are smaller exhibitions opening all the time offering a rich tapestry of artistic expression. Paris is a principal destination for art students with opportunities to sketch on every corner, view some of the world's most famous works of art and retrace the steps of their favourite artists.
Curriculum Topics Key Stage 4 & 5
- Art, Craft and Design
- Graphic Communication
- Textile Design
- Three Dimensional Design
Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.
|1||Depart School for Calais||Arrive Paris and check-in to your accommodation||Sightseeing Cruise on River Seine|
|2||Visit to Louvre||Visit to the Musee d’Orsay||Meal in a local restaurant|
|3||Day Trip to The Foundation Claude Monet in Giverny||Visit to Tour Montparnasse 56|
|4||Depart by coach for Calais. Free time at Citi Europe for shopping||Arrive School|
|Morning||Depart School for Calais|
|Afternoon||Arrive Paris and check-in to your accommodation|
|Evening||Sightseeing Cruise on River Seine|
|Morning||Visit to Louvre|
|Afternoon||Visit to the Musee d’Orsay|
|Evening||Meal in a local restaurant|
|Morning||Day Trip to The Foundation Claude Monet in Giverny|
|Evening||Visit to Tour Montparnasse 56|
|Morning||Depart by coach for Calais. Free time at Citi Europe for shopping|
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Reasons to Visit
Probably the most famous of all the Paris landmarks, the Eiffel Tower majestically overlooks all of Paris. This visit can easily be combined with a cruise on the Seine as the starting point for Bateaux Parisians is at the foot of the Tower. There are 3 levels which can be accessed by foot or by lift.
Musée du Louvre
The Louvre Museum, former residence of the kings of France, has for two centuries been one of the biggest museums in the world. The museum’s collections spread over eight departments: Near Eastern Antiquities, Islamic Art, Egyptian Antiquities, Greek Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, Paintings, Sculptures, Decorative Arts, Prints and Drawings from the middle ages to 1848.
The Louvre is entered through a modern Paris landmark, the glass pyramid in the court of the old Royal Palace. It is home to the most famous painting in the world, the Mona Lisa as well as a spectacular collection of art that spans many different cultures.
Grande Arche at La Defense
This impressive structure was built to commemorate the bicentenary of the Revolution in 1989 and is now a major tourist attraction. There is a high speed glass lift to take the public to the roof where there is an impressive view of Paris.
The Musée d’Orsay is situated in Paris on the left bank of the Seine, and houses French art dating from 1848 to 1915. The Museum is located in the glorious former Gare d’Orsay railway station, which in itself is an art nouveau showpiece as it is a converted Beaux-Arts train station, and a fantastic display of French architecture.
Within the gallery, you can expect to find the largest collection of impressionist, post-impressionist and art nouveau movements spanning the 1840s to 1914. Some of the highlights are Manet’s On the Beach and Woman with Fans: Monet’s Garden at Giverny and many more.
The Centre Pompidou houses the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe. With over 100,000 pieces of work, it displays the masterpieces of some of the most iconic figures in modern art like Picasso, Kandinsky, Matisse, Chagall, Léger, Miro, Dali, Dubuffet and Klein.
Ranges of famous contemporary artists are housed here too, such as Buren, Boltanski, Opalka, Twombly, Hantaï, Tallon, Widmer and Garouste. They also welcome an interesting selection of temporary exhibitions that highlight the main actors and movements in the history of 20th century art.
The Centre Pompidou allows students to immerse themselves in contemporary and modern art.
With its distinctive white dome, the Sacre Coeur sits proudly next to Montmartre. It is possible to access the crypt and the dome, with the view from the top being quite incredible.
Get a unique birds-eye view of Paris’ most famous landmarks and monuments as you ‘fly’ over the city. Through the magic of virtual reality technology and a dynamic moving platform you will feel all the sensations of real flight without leaving the ground! Experience the city of Paris from a completely new perspective, explore the heights of the Eiffel Tower, look down on the Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe, and the River Seine. A sightseeing tour like no other. A souvenir photo is included with your visit.
The Musée Picasso Paris collection comprises of over 5,000 works and tens of thousands of archived pieces. The quality and size of the artist is shown by the diversity of the collection. The Museum is home to the only collection in the world that allows you to follow the creative process of the artist using all the work painted, carved, engraved and drawn by Picasso including sketches, studies, drawings, sketchbooks, engravings, photographs, illustrated books, movies and documents.
The museum gives real insight into the artist and allows students to immerse themselves in Picasso’s work.
Foundation Claude Monet
Claude Monet lived for forty-three years in his house in Giverny from 1883 to 1926. Monet’s passion for gardening as well as for colours is shown in the beautiful gardens of the house, which Monet conceived as true works of art. Two key pieces being his water garden and flower garden.
As you walk through his house and gardens, it is still possible to feel the atmosphere that reigned at the home of the Master of Impressionism, while marvelling at the floral compositions and nymphéas, his greatest source of inspiration. Many of his Japanese etchings are on show giving further insight into the painter’s creative talent.
The Musée Rodin is situated within the Hôtel Biron, an 18th century mansion close to Invalides and the Eiffel Tower. The museum, which opened in 1919, houses Auguste Rodin’s collections displaying a range of vocations such as drawings, engravings, paintings, ceramics, photographs and antiques. The museum also houses a number of works by Camille Claudel.
The French garden at the museum is a must-see, with the sculptures ‘The Thinker’, ‘The Burghers of Calais’ and ‘The Gates of Hell’.
Take in the very best view of the Eiffel Tower and everything else Paris has to offer on the amazing 56th floor of the Montparnasse Tower to get the best panoramic views.
Seine River Cruise
A tour along the river Seine will offer students the chance to see most of Paris’s sights and institutions from the river. A commentary is available in English to explain the history and background of the attractions.
Paris Street Art Tour
Located in the 13th district, an outdoor museum with works from artists from the world around including Obey, Seth, Inti, Vihls, D-Face, C215. Murals, street tags and graffiti and an insight into this fascinating world of art exploring the different styles and learning about its history.
Musée de l'Orangerie
The Musée de l’Orangerie is located in the heart of Paris in the Tuileries gardens. It was renovated in 2006 and now holds two highly prestigious collections; the first of these collections being Les Nymphéas (Water Lilies), this creation is both intimate and monumental.
Les Nymphéas are the expression and result of Claude Monet’s artistic thought and the painting is displayed across two oval rooms, with the aim of creating endless reflection for visitors.
Arc de Triomphe
At the end of the impressive Champs Elysees, this famous landmark was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 as a tribute to his victories. Accessed by a subway, there is also an excellent view from the top.
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What You Say
Galleries were fantastic and group bookings went smoothly. Chelmsford County High School
We were very happy with the booking stages EST could not have been more helpful. Montparnasse tower by night and the boat trip were the two most popular visits we made. The kids loved them. The Kings School
The whole experience from the enquiry to the booking and our itinerary in Paris was excellent. Mid Kent College
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I am very pleased with the service provided by European Study Tours and we had a great trip to Paris! Bishop David Brown School
The L'Atelier des Lumieres was great - very good Van Gogh exhibition - pupils loved it! brilliant trip - well organised and nothing was too much of a problem to change or adapt to suit us. Thank you! Galashiels Academy