If you are considering taking up art or if you are already an art major, it will do you a world of good to go on a European study tour. Going to Europe to study art will enable you to learn all about the work of the masters, and it will allow you to do so outside of the confines of a formal classroom. In the cities of Europe, art and history will come alive for you; even if you do attend formal classes in Europe, you will find that each classroom is such a confluence of different cultures your own perspective of life, the world, and art will surely be enriched and even transformed.
Some of the world’s best art universities are in Paris, and if you have the opportunity to go this beautiful city to study art, you are indeed fortunate. In Paris you will get multicultural exposure, the best professors, and curriculum that will allow you to learn more than you ever imagined possible. You will even have the chance to spend days in countless rounds of museums to see with your own eyes the magic behind the masterpieces that have been admired for centuries. Exploring the Louvre alone will give you weeks of wonder.
One of the nicest things about being in Paris, especially for art students, is the fact that you can go back to see a painting over and over if you want to observe all its finest details. Then, after soaking in the work of the masters, you can go back to an equally vibrant contemporary art community where you can discover, even perfect your own style.
Like Paris, Florence has some of the best universities in the world. Florence, is also just as famous for its galleries and its museums. To study art in Florence is to live and breathe the very essence of the Renaissance. After all, this ancient city can claim Fra. Angelico, Michelangelo, Raphael, Carvaggio, da Vinci, Boticelli, and Giotto, as its very own.
While studying art in Florence you will have a chance to soak in some of the greatest masterpieces of the Renaissance at the Galleria degli Uffizi, the Bargello Museum, the Galleria dell’Accademia, and the Museo di San Marco. According to the UNESCO (the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) 60% of the world’s greatest works of art are found in Florence. That should be reason enough for any art student to try to gain acceptance to schools in the city.
Barcelona, the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, is a place where an art student will have full exposure to contemporary art. The museums in Barcelona have their share of the world’s masterpieces, but the city also has a wealth of modern art. The city offer students an opportunity to be familiar with more than just the cubist and surreal art styles of Picasso and Dali; Barcelona has the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), an amazing repository of data, documents, and publications on art from World War II to the present. For those who want to explore popular artistic expression, Barcelona will be a treasure trove.
Where Art is Life
As an art student in Europe you will see how culture and society influence art and how art, by mirroring history, has caused generations to reflect on their own realities. Europe and its cities are magical because here, the study of art is a life experience.