The Best Cities in Europe for Art Education

When it comes to art, nowhere compares to the European greats. From timeless historical sites, like the Vatican, the cultural significance of the Berlin Wall, to modern museums and painting buskers, Europe is unmissable for today’s upcoming artists.

If you teach art or literature, consider a school-based educational trip to these art cities in Europe.

Paris, France

You can’t go to Europe and not see the Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. The Louvre itself is a spectacle, housing much more of the world’s best art. Paris is home to all types of artists – from street sketchers and graffiti artists to modern works in famous museums. The city is a mecca for creatives, cultural thinkers, and history lovers.

Rome, Florence & Venice, in Italy

With more UNESCO sites than any other country, Italy is steeped in gorgeous artistic history. You’re going to want to spend some time in this country. There’s simply nowhere like Italy’s Sistine Chapel, the iconic art galleries like the Uffizi of Florence, and the bucket list city of Venice. In Doge’s Palace, you’ll marvel at paintings by Tintoretto and many other notable Venetians.

Barcelona, Spain

Introduce your students to thousands of years of art and culture, with a trip to Barcelona. It’s the city touted as Picasso’s muse (as well as Gaudi and Dali). Barcelona’s streets are brimming with artistic integrity, just waiting to be discovered. Visit Museu Picasso, featuring a collection of his early works, and Placa Nova, the artist’s only public display in the city.

Madrid is also coined as the ‘art capital of Europe’ for the city is bursting with galleries and museums. Start at Prado’s royal art collection and onto the Thyssen-Bornemisza assortment housed in a 19th Century palace.

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Amsterdam might not spring to mind as an art city, but don’t let its liberal philosophy distract you. The history of Dutch art legends, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Vermeer and Frans Hals, can be found in the city’s world-famous museums. Don’t miss the Vincent Van Gogh Museum and the modern Stedelijk. Amsterdam’s character is art in itself.

Experiences you can’t find in textbooks

Explore the best art galleries and museums in Europe, don’t just talk about them. TravelBound work with Australian high schools to plan safe, lesson-rich trips – without unnecessary headaches or tourist trap prices.

Find out more about the possible destinations for your trip. But you’re free to tell us where you’d like to go, based on your current curriculum. Your itinerary will be tailor-made, after all.

So, France? Spain? Italy? Or all three.

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