School Trips

Bring your students to Italy for a full immersion art experience

 IB Art School Trip Course Content

La Vigna Art Studios will work with the school’s teacher to develop the optimum program for your group of students.


  • Gain understanding of new techniques and materials
  • Expose students to art history, artists and art making in a cultural context
  • Empower students with visual thinking challenges, self reflection and discussion.
  • Build material in the visual journal, the process portfolio and skills for the comparative study.
  • Help prepare students for a successful application of the IB art course objectives

Art Making Experiences

Each art making activity is carefully combined with field trips to art historical or natural sites that complement and enrich the studio experience and give content and focus to the investigation. Students will take back both studio work and in depth journal pages. For a one week course ( 5 days , 4 nights) we recommend two areas of focus. Many of these activities include master classes with visiting artists.

Fresco and Sgraffito experience this ancient and beautiful technique of working directly on the wall with mineral pigments on fresh plaster.

Experimental Printmaking, relief, lino, drypoint, embossing, collograph, monotypes, with exploration of textures and pattern

Photography: iphoneography, alternative photographic techniques: pinhole cameras, cyanotype & van dyke

Textiles: introduction to weaving on a loom, pattern and freeform tapestry weaving

Sculpture Assemblage with recycled materials, wood and metal. Using tools and materials to construct a 3D piece.

Site Specific Installation: creating an installation in response to a particular place. Environmental Art.

Collections and Display: developing series through collecting and displaying. Emphasis on curatorial practice and creating an exhibition.

Making art through play: explore a range of art making activities that encourage playful, unselfconscious exploration of materials and ideas

Observational and experimental drawing, many ways of looking and drawing, including drawing from life at the Museo di Storia Naturale La Certosa, developing technical skills and conceptual thinking.

Collage and mixed media: working with found and sourced materials, composition, creating meaning through association.

Egg Tempera and gold leaf on wood panel painting, with visit to Museo di San Matteo, Pisa to study icons and symbols in early Renaissance painting.

Oil Painting intro: begin with building stretchers, making rabbit skin glue and gesso primer and preparing a canvas the traditional way. Underpainting and developing a still life painting ( small groups only)

What else is included?

Coordination, course development and course content

Teaching and support

Student and teacher accommodation & meals in farmhouse agriturismo

Studio facilities and most art materials

Field trips and studio visits

Transportation, driver, permits, parking, petrol              

Pick up and drop off at Pisa airport or train station

La Vigna Art Studios is in a rural setting, walking and outdoor activities are part of the experience. Good food is too.

Maximum group size 14 students + two teachers

School trips can be scheduled in March/April/May & October. Dates depend upon availability and advance booking is recommended.

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