Eight students, along with co-directors Jen and Dave Fleming, completed their European Art Classroom experience this past weekend. After nine weeks of living, learning, and creating art together, this group has an inextricable bond that will carry them through the rest of their lives. Read final reflections from European Art Classroom Fall 2023 below, and learn more about the program HERE.
As we wrapped up our time on European Art Classroom, we spent our last week in Strasbourg, France. After taking in the art of Italy and Spain it was an amazing experience to end our trips in the north of France. We saw museums full of famous artists such as Bottechelli and Peter Paul Rubens, as well as museums full of new ideas and modern art. To be able to compare modern to older techniques is such an amazing opportunity and it really helps me to see the evolution of art and what remains timeless. We also got to experience the culture of such an interesting city that has been under control by both Germany and France many times over and manages to blend the lifestyle of both countries in such a unique way. We took short trips to both Colmar, a nearby French town, and Kehl, a small town in Germany. Seeing the impact that the history of these three places had on their architecture, languages, and overall culture was so impactful. This educational experience was such an amazing opportunity and I am so grateful for my parents for helping me find proctor and encouraging me to go on this amazing off campus program.
European Art Classroom was a once in a lifetime truly amazing experience. I traveled to three different parts of Europe in 2 months and when not traveling I was immersed in French culture. I made many strong bonds with the people on Euro and had some of the best conversations. There were some nights where I couldn’t even get to bed because of how hard I was laughing with everyone. Dave and Jen taught us so much history and culture about France. They both teach in a way that is engaging and they are wonderful, kind, and caring people. I am very grateful to have had them as my teachers. I came out of this adventure a different person and if anyone is thinking of doing European Art Classroom, it would be a mistake not too.
Coming onto Euro I was nervous about how it would be structured considering I did not have as strong of an art background as the other students. I quickly grew in my art ability and never once did I find myself not completing a piece of art because I “couldn’t do it”. Dave and Jen really became second parents for me on this off campus program, and they were always trying to make me laugh and have a good time. I loved how the classes were set up, being able to have exposure in town and practice speaking in French. With Jen, she helped make my French stronger. I have no regrets about choosing to apply and I really wish it wasn’t over. Euro has helped me see the world in a different way because it was my first time out of North America, and I am so grateful for the opportunity that I had.
Now that European Art Classroom is over, I can’t help but feel grateful for all the adults in my life. I am glad that my Mum, Aunt, and Mimi helped me achieve something of this magnitude. They gave me courage to take this big of a step in my life that I will never forget.
Well here we are. It’s the morning of November 12th and we are homeward bound. This term flew by faster than a speeding train, but I know I did my best to soak up every drop. I am so thankful to my family for making it possible for me to experience this and of course, Jen and Dave for making it all happen. It’s been a good run.
Thank you to my family, especially my grandparents, who helped make this possible. I’ve enjoyed this term so much and it’s been an amazing life experience.
Thank you Mom and Dad for making this happen! I’m so grateful for your trust and support through my journey, see you soon! Love you!
Thank you to my parents and my grandfather for making this happen. I loved every moment of it! And thank you to Jen and Dave for making this term unforgettable!
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