Art students visit Europe, take in the sights

Mackenzie White

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Led by Art teacher Mrs. Van Veenhuyzen, students were offered the opportunity to visit Europe this summer stopping off in places such as Italy and France to take in the diverse cultures and amazing views.

Art Students Karley Messier, Marina Pham, Mackenzie White, Katie Hawthorne, and Riley Gilliam indulged in foreign foods, learned about the history, and witnessed stunning art work and architecture while on this trip.

“I try my best to provide my students with opportunities to get out of the classroom. I feel travel is essential to personal growth and the creative process. It’s especially important for art students,” said Van Veenhuyzen, “Whether it be a local museum or the Louvre in Paris, nothing compares to seeing a work of art up close. It also allows me to build strong relationships with my students, which I feel is one of the most important elements of being a good teacher.”

Architectures such as the Statue of David and the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, along with the Mona Lisa and the Eiffel tower in France were seen by the students traveling on this trip.

Art students learned more about the languages, French and Italian, first hand from locals of the area along with the history behind it all. Street performers were often seen roaming around singing songs and staging tricks for others entertainment at every stop made. There was not one dull moment.

“My favorite part of the trip was going to Nice, France. The beach was fantastic and we had a lot of fun memorable moments,” Hawthorne said.