Art & Society

London is a city of juxtaposition: Simultaneously Old-World history yet increasingly cosmopolitan. Wealthy but hard for many of its inhabitants to make ends meet. A place where classic and counter-cultures meet. The 21st century thus far has been a challenging and rewarding one for this famed city.

Amidst this backdrop, Deerfield Academy students and faculty will explore how Art–in its many forms, mediums, and spaces–is reflective and reactive to contemporary culture and society. Students will  experience art as a vehicle for social justice and cultural expression, while diving into workshops  with experts in the field. They will visit key public and private spaces in London and its outskirts, with Art as the theme driving these explorations. Students will explore London, visiting local museums, capturing their observations through art.  Students will return to Deerfield with a deepened understanding of art in a real-world context, strengthened skills as an artist, and a body of work inspired by this trip.

Program Notes

  • Students will be given the option to meet at a U.S.-based airport for the beginning of the trip
  • Families are responsible for transporting their students to and from a U.S. based airport to begin the trip and to their home destination for the remainder of the summer
  • Depending on your nationality, a visa may be required to travel to the UK. Please click here to check if you will need a UK visa.
  • During this trip students will stay in hotels and eat meals at the hotel and at local restaurants.
  • This trip conflicts with the June 1 SAT and the June 8 ACT.

Program Dates

June 1 – 10, 2024

Program Eligibility

This program is open to all current 9th, 10th and 11th grade students with a preference towards students who have taken at least one term of studio art. All interested students are encouraged to apply by November 5. Financial aid is available to all qualifying students.

Faculty Trip Leaders

  • Mercedes Taylor; Ellie Bicknell; Melissa Persons

Approx. trip cost: $6,750 (*includes estimated roundtrip airfare from NE/NY based airport)

Deerfield Academy’s Center for Service and Global Citizenship strives to make all of our travel programs affordable and accessible for all students while ensuring a high quality global education experience. While the costs of travel around the world have been rising steadily over the past several years, all of our trips are subsidized, and thanks to the generosity of many we are able to provide robust financial aid for qualifying students.

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2024 Preliminary Itinerary

*This itinerary is subject to change

June 1-2: Flight from a NE/NY based airport

  • Arrival in London, explorations, and settling in.

June 3 – 6: London

  • Students will spend their time exploring, drawing, sketching, capturing and observing through art. Possible site visits and tours include the following:
    • Private Tour of the Tate Britain and The National Gallery
    • Drawing in Ray’s Jazz Café
    • Drawing in Neal’s Yard, Royal Festival
    • Graffiti and Public Art Tour
    • Visit Shoreditch neighborhood

June 6: Richmond 

  • Morning travel to Richmond
  • Richmond exploration, sketching, boat ride to Westminster Pier
  • Travel back to London

June 7: 

  • Cheyne Walk and Chelsea Physic Garden drawing, and sketching

June 8: Bristol

  • Morning train to Bristol
  • Graffiti Tour
  • Walk to Spike Island
  • Visit Galleries and Exhibits
  • Travel back to London

June 9: 

  • Camden market exploration
  • Visit Central Saint Martins
  • Attend a play performance

June 10: *Flight back to U.S. based airport

** Families are responsible for transportation from U.S.-based airport to the student’s final destination at the end of the trip.

Notes From The Field

United Kingdom 2018

United Kingdom #10: Teamwork

Maddie Lee ’20 describes a successful day creating a “wearable sculpture” and a late afternoon spent enjoying traditional English tea.

United Kingdom 2018

United Kingdom #9: Drawing & Sculpting

Natasha Leong ’21 describes a day at Central Saint Martins experimenting with “a range of different mediums” including drawing, clay, plaster and bright blue alginate, followed by an afternoon of “student choice” exploring the National Gallery and enjoying some delicious Vietnamese food.