Anna Forte ’13
This past April break, forty fortunate art students, accompanied by six chaperones, ventured overseas on April 12 to tour France and Spain in a trip sponsored by the Art department. However, there was a little confusion with regards to a few of the students’ passports when the students were returning home. As a result, 12 students and one chaperone had to stay a few extra days in Barcelona.
According to Thom Carter, the head of the Art Department and the trip coordinator, some of the passports were left behind in the hotel’s safe in Paris. The people at the hotel said they would send the passports to Barcelona in time for their departure. However, “the hotel checked the wrong box” and the passports did not reach their destination until Monday, said Carter.
Instead of coming home on Sunday, April 22 with everyone else, this small group had to stay behind Barcelona until the following Tuesday, April 24, when they acquired their passports and a flight home.
Confusion aside, all of the students on the trip were required to be in some sort of art class at the high school. Students interested in visiting Europe had to answer and submit three essay questions. Initially, there were 36 students accepted into the program with four students on the waiting list. However, according to Carter, someone who was not going on the trip went to the administration and asked if the four students on the waiting list could go as well. The administration approved it, thus allowing all forty students the opportunity to visit France and Spain.
While in Europe, students visited museums daily with sketchpads in hand. One of the museums included the Rodin in Paris. “When we were inside the museum or after we had to sketch something using a different technique,” Sandy Gautier ’14 said. “It was a really interesting way to look at museums.”
At the various museums, teachers had the students use the artwork to inspire their pieces in their sketchbooks. “[The museums featured] different artists and time periods, which made it especially interesting,” said Sabina Hartnett ’14.
When not touring famous museums and monuments, the travelers gladly perused small shops, sampled treats, or simply found themselves lost admiring their scenic surroundings. “Wherever we went we always had something to do. I loved it!” said Gautier.
Except for the excitement with the passports, Carter was pleased with how the trip went. “All forty kids were great,” he said.