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 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.