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Students Bring Back Memories of Beautiful Barcelona

4th December, 2018 by Jude Owens

Years 10, 11 and 13 Art, Photography and Textiles students enjoyed the opportunity to visit the open-air art gallery Barcelona on an Expressive Arts Faculty trip last month.

After an early flight they were soon walking the streets of Barcelona in late autumn sunshine on a tour of the Gothic quarters and sampling juices in the Boqueria Market – the most famous market in the city since 1836. The next few days were action-packed as the group hopped on and off the metro to visit Parc Guell, Casa Milà (popularly known as La Pedrera or "The stone quarry"), The Picasso Museum and the celebrated, yet never quite finished Roman Catholic church, designed by Catalan architect Gaudí, the Sagrada Familia, which was a particular highlight.

At every possible location, students were busy documenting their experience with photos and sketches to inspire their own artwork.

Taking a break from the city they left Barcelona to visit Girona for a walking tour and travelled on to Figueres to visit the Dali Museum where students were truly amazed and fascinated by the surreal installations, paintings and sculptures and found the House of Dali to be a fun and eye-opening place to explore.

The final evening was spent bowling and packing for the return trip to England and another early start with some free time on La Rambla – the famous tree-lined pedestrian street that connects Plaça de Catalunya in the centre with the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell and walked to the Port to purchase souvenirs and spend their last few Euros.

Head of Expressive Ars Rebecca Weaving praised the students for “their energy and positive nature and for being punctual, polite and fully engaged with the culture of Barcelona and keen to learn about the history and current politics.” It was a fantastic trip with lots of lasting memories and special friendships.

Back in school, the students have been keeping their memories alive of this beautiful artistic city and have been printing their photos and refining their travel journals to add to their portfolios.