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 also experience art as a vehicle for social justice and cultural expression, while diving into workshops and courses with experts that advance their technical skills. Finally, they will visit key public and private spaces in London and its outskirts, with Art as the theme driving these explorations. For the first week, students will explore London, visiting local museums, capturing their observations through art, and working on technical skills through classes with Deerfield faculty. During the second week, students will take classes at the University of the Arts London with a local professors. 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.
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 4. Financial aid is available for all trips with priority for students who have not previously received aid for a Deerfield trip.
Day 1: International Arrival
- Preparing for the program and setting expectations
Days 2-4: Exploring London
- Daily Art Lessons by Deerfield Faculty
- Private Tour of the Tate Britain
- Private Tour of the Tate Modern
- Private Street Art tour in East London
Day 5: Day Trip to Richmond by Boat
- Sketching from the Water
Day 6: Cheyne Gardens
- Figure Drawing Lesson and Student Art Exhibition
Day 7: Day Trip to Bristol
- Street Art and Art as Activism
Day 8-12: London
- Monday-Friday: Classes at University of the Arts London (UAL)
Day 13: International Departures-Travel back home
*This itinerary is subject to change
- 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.
- This trip conflicts with the June 13 ACT