How can the art scene in New York support my students' education?
Published 9th January 2018
Sitting atop the destination list for most educational school trips, New York City offers more than just skyscrapers, yellow taxis and an outdoor learning experience. More often than not, it’s known as the epicentre of the arts; the cultural capital of the USA and it provides the perfect base for your art students to expand on their in-class knowledge. With numerous museums, tours and exhibitions, you’ll be able to engage with your students and explore past, present and contemporary art exhibitions - providing a real diverse and truly beneficial educational art experience.
Why should I take my art students to New York?
School trips to the Big Apple have come far from being just a sightseeing tour. They now offer true educational value, giving students the opportunity to actively engage in the creative process of art and explore key cultural focal points clearly exhibited across the city. Teachers will be able to experience some of the world’s most famous landmarks with their students, as well as the stratospheric list of art-world icons that make New York a nexus of creative inspiration.
With more than a few educational opportunities on offer in The City That Never Sleeps, students will get to witness a new learning environment that they may not otherwise encounter. They’ll be able to witness a visually stunning experience that will leave them with lifelong memories, as well as an improved understanding of both historic and contemporary art, architecture and design provided by some of the city’s most powerful draws such as the Museum of Modern Art or the iconic Empire State Building.
The perfect base to explore the art world
New York is home to an extravagant amount of art museums, tours and exhibitions, making it the ideal base for students to develop their knowledge of art movements and artists as well as explore and compare historical and modern art styles.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a more than perfect place to start, with over two million artworks this palatial museum contains art spanning 5,000 years from a diverse range of cultures. This prestigious art gallery provides all students with an unbeatable range of inspirational pieces spread over 17 acres of exhibition space. Students will be able to analyse artworks from different eras, gaining different perspectives and giving them an experience of how different time periods alter from our own.
To expand on students’ knowledge of influential modern art, a trip to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) should definitely not be missed. One of the superstars of the modern-art scene, the labyrinth of glass walkways lead to galleries amassed with almost 200,000 artworks - making it one of the world’s leading collections of contemporary art. Highlights range from work by Van Gogh, Picasso and Lichtenstein to Rothko and Matisse, giving students a real insight and better understanding into creative ideas and movements of the late 19th century and those that dominate the present.
Moving into the 20th century and beyond, the iconic Guggenheim Museum boasts a rotating permanent collection, giving your students the chance to brush up on avant-garde and impressionist movements. Housing artwork from heavyweights such as Picasso and Gauguin, the conical white spiral building provides a solid understanding of cultural development and a real look into an ever-evolving museum dedicated to 20th century art and beyond.
Not to be forgotten, the Frick Collection gifts students a chance to explore an exceptional display spanning the Renaissance to the late 19th century. This outstanding collection is housed in a mansion built by steel baron Henry Clay Frick, sitting on what was once known as ‘Millionaires Row’.
Another unmissable art experience in New York is the Whitney Museum of Art. It’s the perfect place for teachers to focus their students' attention to gain a valuable insight into new art movements as it boasts a phenomenal collection of 20th-21th century American art; including pieces from Edward Hopped, Rothko and Georgia O’Keeffe.
With creative works displayed across the city, students are provided with plenty of opportunity to analyse various art movements and engage in the creative process. But, a must-see is the democratic art form spread throughout the Brooklyn neighbourhoods. Students will be taken on an alternative New York street art tour that will reveal an ever-evolving mix of art across the streets of Bushwick and Williamsburg, gaining an insight into a unique subculture that spans the past fifty years.
How does an art trip to New York help my students’ learning outcomes?
While a trip to New York is justifiable purely for the benefits of out-of-class learning, a tailor-made educational tour is the perfect way to reap the educational learning support valuable to your Key Stage 3 and GCSE art students.
With the wealth of museums and art-related excursions available on a trip to The Big Apple, your students will be able to actively engage in the creative process of art and develop a critical understanding of the various art movements exhibited throughout the city. They’ll be able to improve their understanding of art in both historical and contemporary contexts and cultures thanks to venues such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosting some of the world’s most influential works.
Teachers will also be able to focus their students' attention on changes to various artists’ styles over time - whether it’s those from the past or the present - thanks to the truly phenomenal amount of art on display across New York. Conclusively, after gaining a valuable understanding of the range of different art forms and movements on display in the city, students will be able to develop their own individual ideas and explore those ideas through their own works.
The benefits of outdoor learning
A school trip to New York has a copious amount of benefits for your students. With the obvious advantages of exploring art throughout the city, a school trip abroad will also equip your students with the required skills to become active and responsible citizens.
Leading a school trip across the pond is the perfect way to provide a real world experience for your students - raising their aspirations and re-motivating them, leading to them becoming more engaged in education and contributing to improvement in their personal and social development.
They will also benefit from learning in a new environment, helping to give them a fresh outlook and stimulation to delve into their surroundings, interacting and engaging within an educational setting.
Getting your art students to New York is easy thanks to our partnership with Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines. You’ll be able to hop on a direct flight from the UK straight to either John F. Kennedy International Airport or Newark Liberty International Airport.
Written by Josh Sainsbury