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Amsterdam Art trip 2017

Freezing temperatures, enough cheese and chocolate to sink a ship, glow in the dark golf and a trip to La La Land....'what was this?' I hear you ask, well obviously an Art and Photography GCSE/A'Level trip to Amsterdam!

31 students, 4 staff, with a shared love of Art and Photography set off very early from UCTC on an epic (maybe a little creative writing here) journey across land and sea to visit the amazing galleries, museums and national parks of Amsterdam whilst also to soak up the culture that Amsterdam had to offer.

A packed trip that stimulated the creativity in us all whilst allowing us to view some incredible pieces of art and photography.  In just one day, a visit to the Van Gogh museum allowed us to explore the worlds largest collection of his work whilst learning of his fascinating life and the impact this had on his work. Just across the path lay a fascinating few hours in the Stedelijk museum which focused on modern and contemporary art. Whilst we were there we were lucky to enjoy a beautiful photography exhibition of one of Ed van der Elsken, a dutch photographer renowned for his street work.

Then the snow not only fell but also began to settle, perfect for a bike ride around De Hoge National park and a visit to Kroller- Muller museum and sculpture park, home to the 2nd largest collection of Van Gogh work and more than 160 iconic sculptures from a variety of artists.

Time spent in Foam (photography museum), visits to the Amsterdam Dungeons, a canal boat trip, speedy tour of Amsterdam, a visit to the most beautifully retro cinema to watch the equally most beautiful La La Land (some may and did disagree with this review) and a thoroughly heart wrenching trip to Anne Franks house, all made for a most memorable trip.  At times we felt lucky to survive the cyclists coming at us from every direction (not to mention the Trams) but all could have happily stayed longer and many of us can't wait to return...oooh, when is the next Art and Photography trip please?!