Art School Trip To Normandy
Discover the unique beauty of Normandy and understand why Impressionist painters have been drawn to its quality of light for hundreds of years.
Staying at our 18th century Château helps young artists experience the region’s influence first-hand, and provides inspiration for their future work.
Students are free to roam 38 acres of parkland grounds, and charming neighbouring towns and local attractions giving a unique view of authentic French culture.
The Château du Molay for your school trip to France
The 18th century Château du Molay is now owned and run by Travelbound and has everything you need to relax after a long day of sight-seeing.
Students can let their energy loose across 38 acres of parkland, or take part in a range of organised activities.
Our experienced Château staff are there to keep an eye on things while you take time off from being party leader. And for complete peace of mind off-site, a 24/7 telephone number puts you in touch with a real person should any unexpected issues arise.
Highlights of school trips to France
Monet’s immortalised gardens at Giverny (seasonal)
The modern MuMa gallery in Le Havre
Beautiful historic port of Honfleur
Belle époque seaside resorts Deauville & Trouville
What's included in Travelbound school trips to France
*Please note, entrance fees where applicable are not included in typical price – contact us for more details
Recommended excursions for school trips to France
Located on the sea-front in Le Havre this modern light-filled glass and steel gallery is home to France’s finest Impressionist Collection outside Paris. It’s late 19th and 20th century collections include a collection of 300 works by Boudin, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Degas, Gauguin, Van Dongen, Marquet, Dufy, Friesz, Pisarro, Courbet and Corot.
Discover the home of Claude Monet and his famous flower garden that provided inspiration for his work. Students will learn more about the master of impressionism and take the time to work on their own floral compositions. Located 75km from Paris, this is a favored excursion for schools staying in Normandy and the French capital. with seasonal opening.
Trouville’s sister resort Deauville is the most sophisticated resort on the Normandy coast complete with race course, film festival, casino and its own airport. Deauville inspired many artists: painters, writers, poets and caricaturists who came here during the 1920’s including Coco Chanel, who opened one of her first boutiques here, Dufy, Fujita, Van Dongen, Apollinaire, Sacha Guitry and Colette.
This long embroidered scroll is the most important relic to survive from the 11th century. Students can see the epic story of William of Normandy’s conquest of England in 1066, and consider the French and British interpretation of events. Tip: A workbook is available in French for MFL students. A workspace can be pre-booked for one hour for school groups with a replica tapestry image.
Founded in 1868 by the Honfleur artist Alexandre Dubourg, a friend of Eugene Boudin, the museum shows works by 19th century artists inspired by this region of Normandy. There are works by Romantics, Impressionists and Fauves, including Boudin, Monet, Courbet, Jongkind, Cals, Dubourg, Isabey, Vallotton, Dufy and Marquet.
This picturesque seaside town of half-timbered houses and cobbled streets was once an important departure point for maritime expeditions. Great Impressionist painters have captured its 17th century harbour. It also boasts the nearby huge cable-stayed bridge, the Pont de Normandie. A 16-stop audio city walk that takes about 1.5 hours is available at the tourist office.
Mont Saint-Michel, a gothic Benedictine abbey, is perched on a rocky islet amid vast sandbanks exposed to powerful tides. Over the years the island’s abbey has served as a prison, a fortress against the English and a monastery. As well as the abbey, your group can explore the medieval buildings of the village that grew up beneath its walls, along with stunning views.
This museum houses an important collection from the 16th century to modern day including works from the Rouen School of Post-Impressionist artists such as Lebourg, Angrand, Delattre and Pinchon. There is a significant collection of Impressionist works including paintings by Monet, Sisley, Renoir and Degas. Image by Musée des Beaux Arts de Rouen, CC BY-SA 3.0, from Wikimedia Commons.
This modern museum built inside William the Conqueror’s Castle contains works from the 15th century to the contemporary period. The Museum specialises in 16th and 17th century European painting including works by Veronese, Tintoretto and Rubens. Normandy as the home of Impressionism is represented through works by Monet, Boudin and Lebourg and post impressionism works by Bonnard and Dufy.
In the former Episcopal Palace of Bayeux this museum takes you on a journey through time from archaeology to modern art. Exhibits include archaeological and ethnographical finds, Bayeux porcelain and lace and 350 pieces of art including works by Caillebotte, Van Dougen and Boudin.
Rouen is considered the city of Impressionism and its iconic cathedral was used a subject by Turner and later Monet who created 28 works of its facade. The river Seine and its bridges, the Great Clock, the medieval quarter and the view from Sainte-Catherine’s Hill have all inspired great works. Rouen was the birthplace of the Post-Impressionist movement, and many fine works can be seen in the Musée des Beaux Arts.
A short walk from Monet’s House and Gardens, the Museum of Impressionism annually has two temporary exhibitions featuring original works from the Impressionist movement particularly those painters who worked at Giverny and in the Seine Valley. The museum has gardens which lead up to the hill of Giverny which was often featured in Impressionist works.
The Parisian landscape painter Charles Mozin first came to the small fishing port of Trouville in 1825. When he displayed his work in Paris and other artists followed him including Isabey, Huet and Corot. The Hotel des Rochers Noires was made famous by Monet and there is a fine collection of paintings, prints, photographs and drawings relating to holidays at the Montebello Museum-villa.
Typical accommodation for school trips to France
Our exclusive 18th century Château du Molay can accommodate 195 guests in 42 en-suite bedrooms and is set amongst 38 acres of beautiful private parkland.
Located only 14kms from Bayeux, within easy reach of the world famous Calvados coast and just a 45 minute journey from Caen, the Château is in an ideal location for easy school trips from the UK.
Learning outcomes for school trips to France
- See a range of art in important art museums
- See the towns, cities and landscapes that provided the context for so much inspirational artwork
- Understand the development and growth of the Impressionist movement
- Find inspiration for their own work
- Explore and evaluate how issues such as presentation were addressed in some famous works
Students will have had an opportunity to:
- View a wide range of inspiring works and the locations which inspired them
- Develop an understanding of the inspirations and techniques behind Impressionist work and assess the critical reaction of the time
- Encounter a range of influences to inform their own work
- Will have the opportunity to sketch or paint in some of the landscapes that have inspired world-renowned artists