Friday morning at 5 am, a group of sleepy year 12 and 13 Art students left St. Augustine’s for Bristol airport for a flight to Amsterdam. The first stop was drawing from the fantastic collection at the Rijksmuseum, before heading down through town to Dr Gunther Von Hagen’s body worlds exhibition, which some found fascinating and others questioned its moral purpose. We had a lovely Italian meal overlooking the Singel canal and, after an evening stroll past Anne Frank’s house, we eventually found the right tram stop to get us back to the hotel.
In the morning we headed out to the Van Gogh museum where a brilliant guide selected key works to discuss from this extensive collection. After a quick lunch stop, we hired a saloon boat to take us through the many canals, giving us a really good insight to Amsterdam’s history. During a spot of shopping, we were surprised to see the facade of the church of St. Peter and St.Paul, squeezed between high street shops, but were stunned by its tardis like and beautiful interior.
The north bank is rather like London’s south bank, and we had a superb tapas style meal in the TH restaurant with a brilliant view of Amsterdam over the water. Then things got a little strange as we watched a 12 piece orchestra play music composed to suit old, trashy movies that played behind them. Again, opinions were divided on whether it was brilliant or awful. Still, the mood has been very happy and alongside all the good work and ideas, there has been lots of laughter.
Tommorow should prove very rewarding with a trip to the Stedlijk museum and the galleries of the Jordaan, which will really bring our whistle stop tour of Dutch art right up to date.