Four art students from Fort Hays State University had the opportunity to look at some of the world's most famous art works up close when they accompanied Martha Holmes, assistant professor of art, on a tour of Paris and London during spring break.
"We are going to Europe for the opportunity to look at original works of art instead of seeing them as slides or illustrations in books," said Holmes, who teaches art history, before the group left.
The students are Aubony Chalfant, Hill City senior, Trisha Gregg, Longmont, Colo., senior, Imelda Gutierrez, Liberal junior, and Erin Maish, Jamestown senior.
Plans for the trip also included visits to such popular sites as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysees and others as well as visiting some famous museums.
The Paris art tour includes Versailles, the Louvre, Notre-Dame, the Picasso Museum, the d'Orsay Museum, the Pompidou Center, Sainte-Chapelle, and several other museums and churches. They will also go to Montmartre and take a night cruise on the Seine River.
After a train ride through the Chunnel to London, the group planned to see Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral, a theatre performance and possibly the Changing of the Guard ceremony, if the queen is at residence in Buckingham Palace during the trip. A trip to Stonehenge and the Roman baths at Bath were also on the trip itinerary.
Art sites on the London list were the British Museum, the National Gallery and the Tate Museum.