Students get a taste of Spanish culture

Fifteen Lakes College students got the chance to visit the cultural city of Barcelona as part of their course during February half term.

The students, all enrolled on art, photography and graphic design courses at the College, got a say in where their enrichment trip would be. They chose Barcelona as their final destination due to the city’s rich art history and culture. While they were there, the group undertook primary research which counted towards their studies. During the five day trip, they visited a wide range of galleries, including the Fundació Joan Miró, Centre d’Estudis d’Art Contemporani, and had guided tours of the Sagrada Familia, and the Arc de Triomf.

Heidi Birschel, 17, a Level 3 Art & Design student, from Whitehaven, says, “It was very interesting to see all of the architecture and culture and it’s something that I can take forward into my own art work.”

Jamie Lee Best, 19, Beckie Benson, 19, and Poppy Balmer, 18, all Level 3 Photography students, from Workington and Cockermouth, comment, “What we learnt on the trip will definitely have an influence our own work and it was really useful gaining primary research into other’s work, especially visiting the Sagrada Familia.”

Kirsty Gaunt, Level 3 course leader, who accompanied the group on the trip, says, “It was really good to see on this particular trip was how enthusiastic and positive the students were. There was a real team spirit within the whole of the group which are all excellent qualities for the students to take forward when working in the creative industries.”

Lakes College principal, Chris Nattress, comments, “As a college, we encourage all our students to participate on enrichment trips, as they gain valuable transferable skills that will help them both on their courses and in employment. It is also a great experience for our students to travel abroad and learn about different cultures, all of which is part of life at Lakes College.”