Art Study trips to Amsterdam
Having produced iconic artists such as Van Gogh and Rembrandt, Amsterdam’s reputation in the arts is undeniable. Visit the classics in the museum quarter, by way of the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh exhibition. More recently Banksy has moved in, with the Moco museum hosting the worlds first collection of over 50 pieces of his signature pieces. Hop over a couple of canals and you are in the Spiegelgracht, the cities art district. Lining the narrow streets are over 70 miniature galleries, which showcase local talent, ranging from sculpture, graffiti and photography. Just watch out for all the bicycles in the red lanes!
Visiting Amsterdam isn’t just about viewing another artist’s work. With breathtaking architecture, intricate canals, colourful markets and beautiful parks, Amsterdam provides artistic subjects around every corner. Take a stop and sketch tour, exploring some of the quirkier installations in the city as well as giving students the opportunity to create their own masterpieces with Amsterdam as the subject. A visit to the Foam Photography Museum offers student workshops to help grow their photography and interpretation skills.
What to do on an Art and Design study trip to Amsterdam?
There are so many activities for students to explore their artistic licence. Here we have just a few excursions we can include in a bespoke itinerary.
The conventional contemporary realistic portrait style emerged under the influence of photography. This lifelike portrait of Vincent van Gogh by his Australian friend John Russell is a good example of this style. In contrast, Vincent’s portraits deliberately reject this conventional contemporary portrait style. Vincent van Gogh, John Russel (1886) #VincentvanGogh #VanGoghSelfies #VanGoghMuseum #JohnRussel
Would you agree on this beautiful Picasso quote? • • • #mocomuseum #quotes #inartwetrust #amsterdam #museumplein A post shared by Moco Museum (@mocomuseum) on
#amsterdam is so much more than a city of clichés! A post shared by Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark (@stayokayvondelpark) on
Lucas Foglia grew up on a small farm near New York City that bordered a large forest where he used to play when he was young. Sadly hurricane Sandy flooded the farm in 2012 and destroyed the oldest trees in the forest. On the news, scientists linked the storm to climate change caused by human activity. Foglia confronts us with the issue by showing the process of science behind climate change such as a scientist measuring the velocity of a glacier or a woman captured on a mountaintop connected to a EEG machine to measure her cognition in the wild. Foam.org/lucasfoglia . Kenzie inside a Melting Glacier, Juneau Icefield Research Program, Alaska © Lucas Foglia / Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery #foamamsterdam #humannature @lucasfogliaphoto #lucasfoglia #climatechange #photography #glacier #juneau A post shared by Foam | #foamamsterdam (@foam_amsterdam) on
What is the Water Colors Cruise? 🎆 The Water Colors Cruise is the canal cruise of the Amsterdam Light Fetival. Let us take you on a Cruise along the Water Colors Route of the 6th annual Amsterdam Light Festival. The cruise takes you past all the art works and the live guide of Blue Boat Company will tell you all about the works, their meaning and the artist who made them. #AmsterdamLightFestival #ALF #ALF17 #WaterColorsCruise #WaterColors #Amsterdam #AmsterdamCity #AmsterdamCanalCruises #CanalCruises A post shared by Amsterdam Canal Cruises (@amsterdamcanalcruises) on
In addition, the city has so much to offer in free time within your tour, why not try out some of these
- Shopping in Gassan Dam Square
- Madame Tussauds
- Ripley’s Believe it or Not
Our educational travel experts have spent considerable time crafting a selection of ready-made itineraries for your Art Study trip to Amsterdam, which you will find below — entitled ‘Aperture’ and ‘Cityscape. However, we can also create a tailored itinerary to meet the educational needs of your group.
Day 2 Foam Photography Workshop, Canal Cruise. Visit to Foodhallen
Day 3 Moco Museum, Vondelpark, Travel Home
Day 2 Speigelstraat Art District, Stop and Sketch city tour, Canal Cruise, Foodhallen
Day 3 Tour of Rijksmuseum, Heineken experience, A’Dam Lookout, dinner Day 4 Free shopping time, travel home
Flying is the quickest way to get to Amsterdam, with the average journey time from the UK being around 50 minutes. Most airlines fly into Schiphol, including Easyjet, Ryanair, British Airways and the Dutch national airline KLM. If you would prefer, we can offer coaches with ferries to drive you over to the continent and back. Alternatively, you can try Eurostar’s new direct service to the capital from London St Pancras.
Where to Stay
Stayokay Vondelpark Situated on the Vondelpark, Amsterdam’s version of Central Park, this modern hostel is in the perfect location for studying art. Providing breakfast, wifi and clean spacious rooms, this hostel provides a great base for any trip.
Did you know our hostel used to be a domestic science school? This window is in it’s original condition. 📸 by @josvandalfsen A post shared by Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark (@stayokayvondelpark) on
Ibis Styles Amsterdam Amstel This hotel is situated on the outskirts of the art district, and a 5 minute walk from the restaurants, shops and markets of the Oude Pijp region of the city. A simple yet modern hotel, it provides a delicious breakfast to start you on your day and WIFI throughout the hotel including all rooms. Opposite is the stop for Tram 4, which takes you to Centraal station in a matter of minutes.
When to Visit Amsterdam?
This is a year-round city, offering very different experiences in summer and winter. Between November and January, every evening the canals are lit up with light art created by local artists. Take an evening canal cruise to see the beauty of all the artwork on offer. In the summer, the streets are lined with tulips, the parks are a hive of activity with cyclists and picnics, and the sun glistening on the canals just seems to make everyone that little bit happier!
With the tulips in bloom and spring in the air, there is no better place to be than in Amsterdam during the long Easter weekend! https://t.co/W7Iw80FG6n pic.twitter.com/PLdgjxXEVJ — I amsterdam (@Iamsterdam) February 23, 2018