Mrs Jagger shares with us her memories of this year's half-term Art School trip to Venice:
At the beginning of the half-term holiday, a group of Sixth Form artists embarked upon the journey to Venice; the Italian city of masks, romance ... and lots and lots of art.
The trip began in the torrential rain as our group of nine made its way through the twisting, cobbled streets and over quaint bridges. Witnessing the work of masters like Bellini, Titian and Tintoretto that afternoon helped to take minds off our damp clothes and sodden shoes, temporarily. A few slices of first rate pizza and steaming bowls of pasta, followed by a gelato night-cap gave us an extra boost. However, despite the scenery and sustenance, the locals were talking about the threat of a high tide and flooded streets the next day, so we were a little apprehensive as to what we had let ourselves in for.
Thankfully, the weather on day two did not live up to the Venetians' hype and sunshine and blue skies provided us with the perfect backdrop to take in some of Venice's best loved sights. A journey by Vaporetto down the Grand Canal led us to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection where we were treated to a stunning display of contemporary art; from Picasso to Pollock, Magritte to Miro.
Venturing across the river in a Traghetto proved a hair-raising experience as the world renowned Piazza San Marco and Byzantine Basilica beckoned on the other side. A walk down to the Arsenale led us into the Biennale Architettura, which encompassed an incredible array of architectural submissions from countries around the world; including a habitable hollow cloud structure and an paddle-inducing swimming pool.
Exploring St Mark's Basilica and the incredible Doge's Palace were the itinerary for day three; each stunning building crammed full of treasures and priceless masterpieces, showing the wealth and importance of Venice at its historical peak. We didn't miss an opportunity to put our own artistic skills to good use, producing some fantastic sketches throughout the trip that will form part of the A Level sketchbook work.
After all that pizza eating, sight-seeing and awe-inspiring art, the half-term holiday was definitely needed to absorb the last few days' worth of calories and culture ... and to recover!'