Yes, I have taken students on an art related trip. My school has a
week long experiential learning program, called Interim . Our school
is based in Hong Kong and while many students remain in Hong Kong
many others head to all over Asia. From treking in the Himalayas,
scuba diving in the Philippines, service work in orphanages in
Thailand and China to, yes art in Bali.
The Artisans of Ubud interim involves 20 kids grades 9 -12 and two
teachers travelling to the Indonesian Island of Bali. For five of
the 7 days we are there, the kids break into small groups and spend 4
hours each morning learning a new skill with a Balinese artist. We
do wood carving, batik, mask making and painting. The students
choose one media for the week and at the end have a great product to
return home with. As well there are some students who are interested
in learning traditional dance and gamelon music.
It is a wonderful experience, I can tell you I really enjoyed
spending my mornings sitting on a balcony in a beautiful garden
learning the techniques of traditional Balinese painting. It's a
tough way to earn a living !! Each afternoon we would tour cultural
sites, visit museums, see performances etc. Because this is a
school wide program all students must participate so each student
pays their own way. There is no fund raising to offset the costs.
It is also no problem having this approved, as of all the interim trips
offered, this is one of the longest running. To organize the trip we
work very closely with our travel agent and land agent in Bali. In
all the trips I have done with students I have found it best to work
closely with the agent in the country we are visiting rather than the
agent in our home country. The local agent knows the ins and outs
much more and can answer all those little nitty gritty questions we
teachers ask when we are going to be responsible for 20 teenagers for
a week. So good luck and if I can be of any help let me know.
Hong Kong International School