New York City

Top three alternative art experiences in New York for your students

Published 29th January 2018

With an ever-evolving, dynamic and influential art scene, New York City is the perfect destination if you’re looking to inspire and excite your art students. An art and design tour to the Big Apple provides your students with an out-of-class setting that offers them the chance to witness some of the world’s most iconic and dynamic artworks, giving them opportunity to  examine endless subject matter that will influence and direct their own works. 

New York sight seeing

The City That Never Sleeps hosts a stratospheric array of educational excursions and learning attractions that are sure to motivate and captivate your students. From the iconic skyline and first ever skyscrapers, to the overwhelming variety of museums, exhibitions and galleries, this fast-paced and vibrant city provides an unforgettable education experience that will have a more-than-positive impact on your art pupils. 

As the cultural capital of the USA, New York City is the place to be, whether it’s photography, fashion or contemporary art you’re after. Explore the modern art museums such as MoMA and Guggenheim, discover the fascinating photography exhibited across the city or go back in time with a visit to the Metropolitan Museum. Or, thanks to Travelbound, unearth a unique side of NYC with your students. Go beyond the traditional museum visits and experience a part of New York that will really open your students’ creativity, give them an improved understanding on what they’ve learnt in the classroom and gift them the chance to actively engage in art and design.

New York street art Bushwick

1.Street art tour

Fascinate your students with a street art tour to Brooklyn and learn why internationally recognised graffiti artists are drawn to the Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx and Harlem districts. Discover their artistic contributions and how these works are transforming the neighbourhoods from industrial warehouses to art studios and why New York City is often referred to as the cradle of graffiti culture. From subway beginnings to contemporary developments, exploring the graffiti laden streets of Brooklyn will leave your students with a strong knowledge of the democratic art form and unique subculture that spans the past fifty years. 

Museum photography


2.International Center of Photography

Inspire your students with a visit to the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture, the International Center of Photography (ICP). This paramount platform for photography hosts up to six exhibitions annually, each with a unique focus reflecting the past, present and future of image-making through a wide range of carefully selected themes. Students will gain a thorough understanding into the artistic, technical and historical context of photographs, as well as an insight into the world of image and how images are mediums of empowerment and can incite social change. 

Fashion exhibition

3.Fashion Institute of Technology Museum

With one of the world’s richest collections of garments, textiles and accessories, the Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) provides your students with the opportunity to gain an intriguing perspective on the culture of fashion. More than 50,000 items spanning the 18th century highlight the history and artistic capabilities of fashion, with rotating exhibitions displaying both permanent-collections and on-loan items. Through engaging programs, publications and exhibitions, students will be able to advance their knowledge of fashion through the decades.  

More than a field trip

The learning opportunities available to your students in New York are invaluable to developing their in-class learning, but a Travelbound tour is much more than just an educational learning experience. It provides students the chance to engage with new environments they may not have encountered before and learn more about themselves and their own potential.    

Exeter College on a Travelbound trip to NYC

 A tour to New York City will also give your students chance to experience American culture in a more leisurely setting, such as an all singing, all dancing evening meal at the famous Ellen’s Stardust or a meal in the much loved Bubba Gump - a Forest Gump inspired seafood restaurant that’s a favorite to locals. 

A Travelbound tour is the perfect way for students to strengthen friendships, bond with Party Leaders and allow them to develop their own understanding and be inspired to participate in future learning. While these are valuable experiences to build and utilise back at college or university, providing your students with a tour to the lesser-known side of the art world presents something wholly unique.

Written by Josh Sainsbury