KDSS art history students come face-to-face with works they studied, during trip to Europe
By Liz Dadson
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The Kincardine District Secondary School art history students and chaperones board the bus for the airport on their trip to Europe March 7. In the back, are Laurel Kiernan (L), Amber Finney, adult Sarah McOrmond, Dustin Arenja, teacher Cati VanVeen, Maxine Pasley, Rebecca Storey, Tawny Robinson, Serena Thomson, Rachel Karsten, Sarah Ferreira, Shelby Boyd, Dana Morariu, adult Lisa Storey, Tyler Creces, Jem Gonzales, Emily McKay, Christiane Ritter, Tineke Vanderhorst, adult Jeff Thompson; front, Roselinde Hack, Maggie Freimanis, Munaza Saleem, Jessica Winterburn, Sara Cavasotto, Lauren Wood, and teacher Erin Thompson
photos courtesy of Cati VanVeen
The KDSS art history students and chaperones in front of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome
The group at a restaurant in Florence, with the waiter (second from left in the front)
Relaxing in Versailles, Paris
Twenty-two Kincardine District Secondary School art history students, their teachers and adult chaperones travelled to Europe for 12 days of viewing in real life the works they had studied in class, among other activities.
Teachers Cati VanVeen and Erin Thompson, along with Thompson's husband, Jeff, and adults Lisa Storey and Sarah McOrmond, packed up the group for a tour of Rome, Florence and Paris from March 7-19.
VanVeen said it was an amazing trip and the students enjoyed seeing the artwork, at the numerous museums and art galleries, which they had learned about during their classes.
They also enjoyed wishing in the Trevi Fountain, seeing the buskers in The Metro in Paris, and the "screaming match" on the Bateau Mouches on the River Seine in Paris.
The group flew from Toronto and spent four days in Rome, touring the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel and climbing the 500-plus steps to the top of St. Peter's Basilica. The group also toured the Coliseum, and the Borghese Gallery where the Bernini sculptures are displayed.
The students enjoyed lots of gelato and wandered through many art galleries and museums.
From Rome, they went to Florence where they toured the Uffizi Museum, saw the real "David" sculpture in another gallery, and saw the Bridge of Gold, "Ponte Vecchio."
"The weather was gorgeous," said VanVeen, "and we enjoyed great food."
From Florence, they took an overnight train to Paris, with a transfer at Milan.
"This was interesting for a lot of the students," said VanVeen. "We slept in couchetts, like little bunks, three to a side. And when we woke up, we were in Paris."
The group took in Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower (Jeff Thompson was the only one daring enough to climb it), the Louvre and the Musee D'Orsay where all the Impressionist work is found.
"Some students went to the Salvador Dali Museum and others went to the Opera House," said VanVeen. "There was a lot of crepe-eating in Paris."
This is VanVeen's fifth trip. The events are held every other year for Grades 11 and 12 art history students, and have been ongoing since 1986 when they were started by art teacher Carol Johnstone.
An interesting note on this trip was having adult Lisa Storey with her daughter, Rebecca. Lisa went on the art history trip in the 1980s with Johnstone in charge.
Lisa said it wasn't so much that the places had changed, but she had changed. She had forgotten how much walking there was to the trip - about 15 kilometres' worth.
Besides seeing the actual paintings and sculptures they had studied, the students loved being surrounded by beautiful art and architecture. They also learned how to travel, including map-reading and orienteering, and how to be safe and secure in a city the size of Paris, France.
Riding on the Bateau Mouches with the Eiffel Tower in the background are Tineke Vanderhorst (L), Laurel Kiernan, Sarah Ferreira and Shelby Boyd
"It was an excellent trip," said VanVeen. "This was a good group of kids. The trip gives them a taste for travel and the skills to do it again."
She said the next trip to Europe is in 2014 and she has Grade 9 students already saving up money to go.
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