Thursday, 22 September 2011 2:13 PM
Taking a school trip abroad is a fantastic way of bringing a subject to life, and there are a wide range of options for teachers searching for destinations for school art trips.
Before searching for ideal locations for school trips involving art lessons, it might be worth thinking about the kinds of art your pupils are studying - Europe is rich in art history, and various countries are well noted for their artistic heritage.
A classic destination for school trips to Europe is the French capital, Paris.
Harbouring some of the world's greatest museums, it is also known for being the home of a number of wonderful artists, including Van Gogh, Renoir, Matisse and Pissarro.
Sights to add to your itinerary include the Musee du Louvre, which is packed with world-famous paintings and houses the Mona Lisa, as well as the Centre Georges Pompidou - a haven for modern art lovers.
If your pupils are studying the Impressionist and post-Impressionist art eras, the Musee d'Orsay is a must-visit. Set in a converted railway station, this gallery now boasts a huge collection of paintings by Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh and Renoir.
Another fantastic location for school trips to Europe is Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. This stunningly beautiful Italian city is small enough to explore in a few days but don't let its compact size fool you.
It is home to some impressively stocked galleries, including the Uffizi, the Academia and the Bargello.
Don't miss the incredible collection of Botticelli works in the Uffizi, including the awe-inspiring Venus. Art pupils will love seeing this incredible painting up close and can easily spend a few hours wandering the halls of the vast gallery, which also houses a large collection of Da Vinci works.
Paris and Florence are both great choices for school art trips, but you could also consider Barcelona.
This pretty Spanish city is home to a number of galleries and art spots, including the Picasso Museum, which houses more than 2,500 pieces of the famous painter's work.
While in Barcelona, you should also take pupils on an art trip to the incredible La Sagrada Familia, an unfinished architectural wonder designed by Antoni Gaudi.