Art & Design Trips to Bristol

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  • Secondary School, Sixth Form

Key Highlights

  • Enjoy the Bristol Street Art Experience
  • Visit the M Shed to see amazing film and photographs
  • Follow the Portishead Art Trail
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Enjoy a Street Art tour of Bristol which will give you a chance to see works by Banksy and many of the other artists involved in Bristol’s unique and internationally-known creative culture and provide insights into their working lives. Then “get your hands on the cans” and enjoy a stencil spray art session.

Not only will you get an introduction to stencil art from the very beginnings of recorded-human history up to the modern day, you even get to take home some self-sprayed artwork.

Visit the M Shed museum located in a 1950s' dockside transit shed a Princes Wharf to: see amazing film and photographs; listen to moving personal stories; encounter rare and quirky objects.

Take a trip to nearby Portishead and explore the work of more than twenty outstanding visual artists who have contributed to the Portishead Public Art Trail with works, which reflect the town’s rich history and heritage, integrated into the landscape.

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Sample itinerary for a 1 day trip

Day 1
Morning

Depart school for mid-morning arrival in Bristol. Enjoy the Bristol Street Art Experience which includes: Bristol Street Art Tour Stencil Spray Art Session

Afternoon

After your Stencil Art Spray Session, why not enjoy some free time in the city Centre

Evening

Evening return to school

Sample itinerary for a 2 day trip

Day 1
Morning

Depart school for late-morning arrival in Bristol

Afternoon

Enjoy the Bristol Street Art Experience which includes: Bristol Street Art Tour Stencil Spray Art Session

Evening

Check in to your accommodation. Evening meal and free time

Day 2
Morning

Visit the M Shed to see amazing film and photographs; listen to moving personal stories; encounter rare and quirky objects

Afternoon

Free time to explore Bristol’s shopping quarter the head off to Portishead and follow the Portishead Art Trail

Evening

Depart for your return journey to school

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Educational Visits In Bristol

Other Study Visits

  • Portishead Art Trail
    Roughly 30 minutes outside Bristol is the town of Portishead which began to develop as a seaside resort early in the 19th century, as well as a retreat for Bristol businessmen. Centred around The Marina, extending in to the Port Marine and Village Quarter housing developments, more than twenty outstanding visual artists have contributed to the Portishead Public Art Trail. Their works, which reflect the town’s rich history and heritage, are integrated into the landscape.
  • M Shed
    This museum explores the history of Bristol. Visitors can discover more about the people, the places and life in this historic city through film and photographs, moving personal stories and working exhibits on the harbourside. This is an ideal place to start your trip to Bristol, giving you a great overview of the city.
  • Stencil Art Spray Session
    These sessions are for everyone who is looking for a new experience: someone’s who possibly never ever shaken a spray can before! We introduce stencil art from the very beginnings of recorded-human history, to the modern day with Banksy art. Just what did inspire him to become so impressive at stencil art in a world of graffiti art in Bristol? These sessions are a great way to spray street art “get your hands on the cans” and take home some self-sprayed artwork
  • Upfest
    Upfest is Europe’s largest free festival of urban art. Centred around the North Street area of Bedminster, it features murals by a range of local, national and international artists.

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Other Cultural Visits

  • The New Room
    The New Room is the oldest Methodist building in the world, built in 1739 by John and Charles Wesley. A keen abolitionist John Wesley denounced slavery as "the sum of all villainies," and published a pamphlet titled ‘Thoughts Upon Slavery’. Explore the chapel and the museum to learn more about how Wesley took a stand against slavery.
  • Underfall Yard
    Since the creation of the Floating Harbour in 1809, Underfall Yard has been crucial to its operation and maintenance. Led by their enthusiastic guides these 1 hour tours take in the Pump Room, Workshops and Sluice Room.
  • The Georgian House Museum
    Discover what a Bristol sugar plantation and slave owner’s home might have looked like around 1790. Eleven rooms spread over four floors reveal what life was like above and below stairs, from the kitchen in the basement where servants prepared meals to the elegant formal rooms above.
  • Aerospace Bristol
    Beginning in the earliest days of powered flight, a school trip to Aerospace Bristol takes visitors on a fascinating journey through aviation history. It’s a journey through two World Wars, the Space Race, the Cold War and on to the modern day, where visitors discover the latest technologies of today’s aerospace industry. Workshop highlights include KS3 focus on the development of aircraft in WW1 and KS4 looks art the physics behind rockets and space travel.
  • Stonehenge
    A 90 minute journey from Bristol is this unforgettable World Heritage Site - an essential stop if you have the time.
  • Bath
    Bristol is close to the city of Bath, which means you may wish to add an extra day on to your school trip to discover the sights of this historic city. Popular choices include The Roman Baths, The American Museum in Britain, The Jane Austen Centre, Cheddar Gorge and Bath Abbey
  • Longleat Safari Park
    Longleat is the UK's No.1 safari park, where lions roam, tigers stalk, and monkeys swing. With over 100 different species and diverse ways to interact and engage with them, the learning opportunities on a school trip to Longleat are hugely varied.

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